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Great Day for History in St. Petersburg
Great Day for History in St. Petersburg

The City Council unanimously approved the local land marking of three properties within the City of St. Petersburg during today’s council meeting.

1.  The Jennie Hall Pool Complex located at 2650 10th Avenue South in Wildwood Park was deemed significant at the local level as a tangible example of the omnipresent racial discrimination of African American in the St. Petersburg community.  Rather than integrate existing swimming facilities, the City of St. Petersburg, with funds donated from an elderly white woman, constructed a segregated facility for African Americans.

The Jennie Hall Pool Complex was built with donations from a local white woman named Jennie Hall.

2.  The Mathis Residence, located at 7321 3’’ Avenue North, was designated significant at the local level in the areas of architecture and engineering as a fine example of Spanish Eclectic style architecture which was particularly fashionable in states with a Spanish heritage, such as California, Texas, and Florida, the style remained hugely popular throughout the 1920s.

3.  The Lantern Lane Apartments located at 340 Beach Drive Northeast was deemed significant at the local level in the areas of community planning and development, commerce, and architecture.

The former Lantern Lane Apartments, also known as Grayl’s Hotel and soon to become the Birchwood, was found to be significant as one of the few remaining historic apartment buildings in downtown and the only one remaining along Beach Drive.

Although built in 1924 as an apartment building which remained open year round, the initial clientele catered mostly to seasonal visitors who maintained an apartment during the winter months. With the exception of its lease by the U.S. Army during World War II, the building has remained as an “apartment hotel” since its construction.

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