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Issue: February 2017
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SPP  loves the 'Burg and its many special historic neighborhoods!

We were excited that 2016 saw the largest number of members in our history! We  look forward to even more of you becoming members in 2017! If you would like to support SPP's efforts to Keep St. Pete Special, just click here to join!

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This workshop is a must for those getting ready to restore an older home, for those who are thinking about doing so or for those just curious about what is involved!

You can choose from an intensive 9 day program (Feb. 10 - 18), designed to empower old building enthusiasts with the knowledge needed to take care of an older home, or from shorter sessions over the Feb. 10-12 weekend. Click here to get the info on cost, location and schedule.  Thanks to our good friends, Wood Window Makeover, for putting on this great event. If you can't make the Historic Homes Workshop, check out the First Friday window restoration workshops!

Movies in the Park Returns in May - Cast Your Vote for Movies for a Sunshine Award!

If you love SPP's Movies in the Park as much as we love offering the event as a Celebration of the waterfront parks, then cast your vote! It is voting time (thru Feb. 11) in the Down- town Neighborhood Association's Sunshine Awards. Vote for Movies in the Park in the "Things to Do Category"! 
And don't
for get to send SPP your movie choices for May Movies in t he Park. Movie selections will be decided soon and announced at the  Movies Announcement Party on April 6.

We would love for you to join our generous group of Movies in the Park sponsors! Click here for the Movie Sponsor pack for details!

Yes, it's time for all things local at Localtopia, showcasing over 200 of your favorite independent businesses and community organizations, including SPP! It happens in downtown's historic Williams Park on Sat., Feb. 4 with arts, crafts, food, local brews, music, kids activities and groups like SPP. Check it out! Thanks to our friends at Keep Saint Petersburg Local for offering  this great community event!
Save the Date! 
Next Program - April 5 Reserve Now
Sunken Gardens has a long history as one of Florida's "roadside" attractions, only a few of which remain. In the early '20's, the garden tour was just a nickel! Its beautiful Mediterranean Revival building dates to 1926 and in the 1940's it was the local coca cola bottling plant! In 1999 voters said yes to the purchase of Sunken Gardens allowing it to continue to provide fun and education to residents & tourists under city direction.

SPP's April 5 Keep St. Pete Special program, an evening at Sunken Gardens, will include the "nickel" tour and an update  on recent, ongoing and future plans for restoring and maintaining the Gardens. And you will get to see the Flamingo flock
How to Research  
 a Home's History

SPP's recent program on researching one's home brought out a crowd! Interested in getting a copy of the presentations, then just click on the name! Historic consultant Lucy Jones; St. Petersburg Museum of History archivist Marta Jones; St. Petersburg preservation staff member Laura Duvekot. 
Preservation Awards Celebration
Feb. 8!
The Awards Celebration is nearly upon us and we are excited! Sometimes it seems like it building after building is coming down but the award winners show how preservation is indeed working in the 'Burg. It also reminds us what a special city we have!

The Celebration will take place at a previous award winning building, the1929 St. Petersburg Woman's Club. It is just across the Snell Isle bridge on land donated to the club by one of  the city's premiere early developers, Perry Snell.

The evening will start with a reception with music by Dean Johanesen and special food and a cash (donation) bar from some of our favorite local businesses - Banyan Cafe & Catering, Elizabeth Carr and Green Bench Brewing. Don't forget to bring a check or credit card so you can bid at the silent auction on watercolor paintings of local historic buildings by artist Robert Holmes, who generously donated his work to SPP.

It promises to be a special evening you won't want to miss! Be among the first to congratulate the award winners, help support SPP and have a fun evening with other like minded people who want to keep St. Petersburg special!

     What: SPP Preservation Awards Celebration
     Date: Wednesday, February 8
     Time: Reception & silent auction bidding starts at                6 pm; Bidding ends & Program begins at 6:30
     Where: St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle
                  Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg 33704
     Cost: Members $15 (including drink ticket);
              Non-Members $20;
              Individual Membership Special (new or renewal
          individual membership, event admission, drink
          ticket $35
              Household Membership Special (new or
           renewal household membership, event
           admission for 2; drink ticket for each) $60

Thanks to our Preservation Award sponsors, including:

Presenting Sponsor: Historic Homes Workshop - Taking place Feb. 10-12

Williams Level Sponsors:
Joe & Robin Reed Stafford/Miranda Families
Action Alert - Your Voice is Important to Recognize Women's History in the 'Burg

The Burnside/Duckering Home
    5th Avenue North
Among the areas of downtown where history is being demolished is 4th & 5th Avenues North, a corridor that has long served as a downtown gateway. The corridor includes architecturally significant homes dating to the early 1910's up to the mid-1920's, an increasingly rare downtown resource. These buildings help give our city a sense of place and make it special, something not often achieved with new development.

SPP is seeking to landmark 4 homes in the corridor but one particularly stands out: the 1914 Burnside/Duckerng home at 136 5th Ave. N.  
  • Architecturally significant, prairie style home
  • One among the increasingly small number of pre-1920 homes remaining downtown
  • First owned by Virginia Burnside, in 1920 she became the first women elected to the 'Burg's city council and the first female elected to a municipal office south of the Mason Dixon line at a time when women could not vote
  • Home later owned by Mary Duckering, whose sister Florence, would winter with her and was the first female surgeon in the country admitted to the American College of  Surgeons

Unfortunately, the home has been owned by Tampa developers who have left the property vacant & in disrepair after a failed development plan. The future (after the court rules in foreclose case), absent landmarking, is sure to be demolition and intense new development.


Council will vote on SPP's landmark applications on Feb. 16. Click here to see SPP's landmark application and the city staff report recommending landmark  designation. Make your voice heard NOW!

Yes to Keeping St. Petersburg Special! 
Yes to Landmarking 136 5th Ave. N.! 
Thank You For Helping to Keep St. Pete Special!
Welcome Spring Porch Party!
Reserve Now for March 7! 
Spring weather is coming so we thought March would be the perfect time for another SPP Porch Party! Thanks to Maureen Stafford and Elinor Miranda who bought the 1925 home in the old northeast where our party will happen. The home had been badly neglected but the finishing touches to a beautiful restoration are almost finished.

Maureen is accomplished at restoring historic homes, she is a past SPP preservation award winner and she will be present to explain some of the secrets on how it is done. As with all of our porch parties, you can expect an evening of fun and good cheer, with tasty food & drink, along with a bit of music and good conversation.

Spring Porch Party
     Date: Tuesday, March 7th 
     Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm 
      Where:  116 9th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701   
     Cost: $10 for SPP members; $20 for non-members; admission includes a ticket for one drink at the cash/donation bar 

SPP Walking Tours
There is Bound to be One (or Two) for You!
It's a great time of year to experience one of SPP's walking tours! We have coming up both special tours and old favorites. Tours take place each Saturday morning along with the occasional lunchtime tour.

SPP's upcoming "regular" tours include the "Original" Downtown Tour on Feb. 4. & again on March 4; The Waterfront Tour on Feb. 11; and Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood on Feb. 25.

Upcoming "special" tours include on Feb. 18 at 10 am  the   Historic Old Northeast Architectural Bingo Tour (this tour will be a sell out & we are trying to add extra guides to increase capacity). On Feb. 18, at 3 pm SPP will tour Historic Gulfport. March 11 in downtown is the Grand Prix but SPP will be enjoying a tour thru the majestic neighborhood of Historic Allendale.

Downtown Lunchtime Tours are scheduled for and Feb. 10 and March 3(tours start at noon).

Tours are free for SPP members (another great reason to join) and just $10 for non-members. Reservations are encouraged as some tours fill.  Tour starting locations and times can be found on the SPP website calendar. SPP is happy to schedule a private tour for your group, just send us a message and we will arrange a special tour for your group or family.