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Issue: December 2015
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SPP Saturday Morning Walking Tours
With cooler weather finally having arrived, it's a great time of year to join a SPP Saturday morning walking tour. Each Saturday of the month features a different tour! The walking tour schedule is on the website calendar. It's regularly updated so check out the calendar as you are bound to find a tour that will strike your fancy!

The third Saturday of each month features a special tour and on Dec. 19, SPP will partner with Keep St. Pete Lit for a Downtown Tour with a Literary Twist - a tour combining history with some short inspirational readings by local authors.

Wondering what to do with family & friends the day after Christmas - SPP will be touring one of our favorite neighborhoods on Dec. 26 - Historic Kenwood! Come out & join us!

Tours are free to members, another great benefit of becoming a SPP member and just $5 for non-members.
Recent Preservation Success Stories!

SPP was an active player in the following matters: 
On Nov. 23 City Council gave final approval to designating the Acheson-Mackey home as a local landmark.  The home, at 3900 MLK St. N., was built by Allendale's developer, Cade Allen in 1931.  Local historian Ray Arsenault has described Allen's homes as "a curious but striking mixture of Westchester County, New York-style stone mansions and hollow tile-and-stuco "Spanish castles," some looking like fortresses and others like California-style missions.  Click here to read about the council action.

Pier Bait House--
Mayor Kriseman gets a thumbs up for listening to the public and working out an agreement for the Million Dollar Pier bait house to get a new life.  The city will move the historic bait house building off the about to be demolished base for the Pier and relocate it to a spot adjacent to the St. Petersburg Museum of HIstory.  Click here to read a news story about the matter. 
Preservation in the News!  

Linda Saull Sena, a former Tampa city council  member and preservation hero is a regular contributor to Creative Loafing with a column "Transforming Tampa Bay." Click here to read her lastest piece on local preservation efforts (with quotes from SPP board member & Pinellas Cty. Commissioner Charlie Justice and SPP president Emily Elwyn!).
And you might want to read this article from last month in the Tampa Bay Times about neighborhood conflicts arising from the boom in the construction of supersized homes. Historic  district designation allows neighborhoods that want to maintain their unique neighborhood character a way to minimize these type of conflicts.
Happy Holidays   
Give the Gift of Preservation!

There is no better way to celebrate preservation during the holiday season than by giving the gift of preservation - a SPP gift membership, an end of the year SPP donation or a Preserve the 'Burg themed gift like a locally crafted tote bag or a stylish tee shirt.

SPP is a proud member of Keep Saint Petersburg Local - many of our local businesses locate in historic buildings because sense of place and character are so important to them! Buying local is a great idea any time of year but it is especially something to think about for holiday gift shopping.  SPP has made doing so easy, just click here to see and order a classic  "Preserve the 'Burg" tee-shirt or click here to see and order a Movies in the Park tee. We also have available locally made Preserve the 'Burg bags (small pictured on top for $18 and large over-the-shoulder bag pictured below for $40). You can email SPP to order/purchase a bag. You can also click on the "Quick Links" to the left to make a donation or to purchase a SPP membership!
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SPP extends a happy holiday to all and a big thanks for your support during 2015.  It was a busy year both on the fun side (Movies in the Park, Porch Parties, Walking Tours) and on the advocacy/education side (Preservation Ordinance/Historic District application process, Landmark battles, "Boom, Bust & the Built Environment" program series). Our success depends upon your ongoing support!

And, don't forget to check out the story below about the SPP holiday party - we hope to see you!
Action Alert - Ninth Street Bank & Trust Bldg.
Hearing on partial demolition request Dec. 8.

Send a message to the CPPC by going to the Link at the end of this story!  
The boom is coming to the long vacant 800 block of Central, bringing good and bad news for preservation.  The historic Ninth Street Bank & Trust building, many may recall as Union Trust Bank, is located on the block's south side and is a locally designated landmark. The landmark designation means that city council, after considering community input, concluded the bank building to have exceptional importance to St. Petersburg's sense of place. Council has only designated a small number of buildings in the city as landmarks and, because of their community importance, they may only be demolished in the instance when there is no feasible alternative to demolition. It is presumed a landmark can be reused and the burden is on the developer to show otherwise.

The landmark bank building was constructed in three stages, starting in 1926, the first addition coming in 1938 and the final addition being completed in 1967. A large (8 story) apartment building is planed to cover the block. The 1926 portion of the landmark would be retained although new apartments are proposed to be built on top of it as well as encasing the sides not facing the street (see picture). The beautiful 1938 and 1967 additions, both of which are architecturally significant, would be demolished. SPP is excited to see the block redeveloped and the 1926 building reused but also believes there are options to reuse the 1938 addition and greater care needs to be taken with the new development to assure it doesn't overwhelm the remaining historic building,

The request to demolish the 1938 (and 1967) additions will be heard by the Community Planning & Preservation Commission (CPPC) on Dec. 8.  SPP's letter to the CPPC can be read by clicking here.  SPP believes the developer has failed to show why the historic 1938 addition cannot be reused and therefore is urging the CPPC to either deny the application or to defer final action to allow the developer to come back with ways to include portions of the 1938 addition in the new development. This would also allow the new building plans to be modified to better address design compatibility issues. 

You too can send a message to the CPPC, urge them to follow the preservation ordinance and to say no to unncessary landmark demolition.
   SPP Holiday Party - Dec. 17
Celebrating City Theatre's  
90 Years in the 'Burg!

With the holiday season upon us, SPP is ready to join in the spirit by combining our annual holiday party with a command performance of one of the holiday season's favorite and fun stories, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  It all takes place at City Theatre, the state's oldest continuously operating community theater, having been a part of the 'Burg's history since the 1920's boom!

SPP is excited by this opportunity to partner with and highlight City Theatre's role in St. Petersburg's cultural history along with this exclusive performance City Theatre is offering to SPP members and friends.  Before the performance join SPP for a holiday reception including tasty holiday desert treats along with a cash bar. SPP and City Theatre will also be offering a pre-performance backstage tour. A ticket for this performance makes a great holiday gift for friends, family or co-workers and a ticket purchase helps support SPP's efforts to preserve the' Burg!

What: Special p erformance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Date: Thursday, December 17th   
Time: Reception starting at 7pm; Back-stage tour at 7:15 pm; performance at 8:00 PM
Where: City Theatre, 4025 31st Street S., St. Petersburg 33712 
Cost: SPP members just $15; Non-members $20 
Click here to Reserve Your Seat

Tickets may also be purchased at the Craftsman House  
2955 Central Ave.