ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg Preservation’s Saturday morning and first Friday lunchtime walking tours conclude with a series of April tour offerings.
A monthly summer evening tour will be offered starting in May. Tours are free to SPP members and cost $5 for nonmembers. Reservations are not required. For information, call 824-7802 or visit www.stpetepreservation.org.
Following is a list of upcoming tours:
• Downtown lunchtime tour – Friday, April 4, starting at noon in front of Café del Mar, 243 Central Ave. This hour-long stroll through downtown is led by preservationist Emily Elwyn. Elwyn will share keen insight on the city’s history and architecture.
• Original downtown tour – Saturday, April 5, starting at 10 a.m. in front of Café del Mar, 243 Central Ave. Participants will stroll through the downtown St. Petersburg National Register Historic District seeing and learning about the city’s history, its stately churches, 1920s boom era hotels and more. The tour includes a special “insider” stop in Christ United Methodist Church, designed by architect Archie Parish, who also was the architect for the historic YMCA building.
• Waterfront tour – Saturday, April 12, starting at 10 a.m. at the Saturday Morning Market on First Street and Second Avenue South, under the trees just north of the market’s music stage. Participants will learn about the civic visionaries who transformed the city’s working waterfront into one of the largest waterfront park systems in the country.
• Old Southeast Neighborhood tour – Saturday, April 19, starting at 10 a.m. in Lassing Park, 20th Avenue South and Beach Drive. Participants will visit a neighborhood known for its eclectic styles of homes and its hex block sidewalks. This beautiful area includes 12.5-acre Lassing Park, named for Judge Robert Lassing who donated the property to the city in 1924.
• Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood – Saturday, April 26, starting at 10 a.m., at Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave. Kenwood has one of the largest concentrations of historic bungalow homes in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides the Craftsman House, tour participants also will have an opportunity to tour inside another of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows.