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Still trying to find the history of this building. It was scheduled to be demolished more than 20 years ago. It was then forgotten and then hidden, completely overgrown with brush and a tree is growing in it, it was just recently rediscovered.
Update - thanks to the Sebastian Area Historical Society and Mike Woodfin - www.flickr.com/photos/mikewoodfin/12276758605/in/photostr...
Platted in 1925 as a residential subdivision, known as Ocean Breeze Heights, along US Hwy 1 in Sebastian Fl.
The house was recently discovered completely covered in brush and trees.
Circle B Bar reserve Lakeland, FL This is the Gator that was featured in the media a while back that was crossing the path with a smaller alligator in his mouth.
Sunrise over old pier pilings on the Indian River in Sebastian, Florida
In 1959, Margaret and Philip Thomas, who owned the Thomas Hotel (now known as the Thomas Center) in Gainesville Florida, built the famous stilt house (sometimes nicknamed the Honeymoon Cottage). The stilt house is out in the gulf a short ways from land, but was connected by a wooden walkway. In 1985, Hurricane Elena destroyed the walkway and did much damage to the wooden house, but it has become the most-photographed building in town and once graced the side patches of the local police department uniforms.
excerpt courtesy of Cedar Key Florida, A History by Kevin McCarthy
Old prop wagon left in Ashcroft, CO when an old television series was finished has become a mainstay in the ghost town.
Archie Smith Wholesale Fish Co. is a historical fish house in Sebastian, FL. There were many wholesale fish factories at one time in this area but most are gone. Archie Smith's has been designated a historical structure in order to protect it.
Merchant’s Hotel, which was constructed in 1892. The original structure was a three-story building built circa 1870 which housed a pharmacy on the 1st floor, a hardware manufacturing company on the 2nd floor, and a wholesale drug company on the 3rd floor that was famous for producing the alcohol and opium based “Blood Medicine” which can still be seen advertised on the brick walls today. The Merchant’s Hotel in 1892 offered the European Plan which was 25 cents a day for lodging and another 25 cents for a meal. Each room had a bed and a fireplace, and privacy was not guaranteed.
Sunrise on the Indian River in Sebastian, Florida. The Indian River is a part of the Intracoastal Waterway on the east coast of Florida.
Bellaire/Clearwater, FL. You are looking at the end of the west wing of the hotel. What glass is left is still depression glass. Unfortunately, this is destined to be demolished to be replaced by more condos. She was built in 1897.
The Homeland Methodist Church was originally know as the Bethel Methodist Church, Constructed in 1887 the existing church was built by Mr. James B Crum. the original steeple was built of wood and was destroyed by a hurricane in 1946.
An Italian renaissance treasure among a talent filled town. The Athens Theatre in DeLand Florida has become a staple in the community since its doors opened. The historical site in DeLand Florida brings together the community through live performance art and live music.
DeLand Athens theatre opened its doors January 6th 1922 as a vaudeville theatre. It was quickly deemed “a Gem of architecture” by DeLand Daily News. Henry DeLand wanted DeLand to be an Athens of Florida; the rich culture and elegance the theatre brought to the community was that and more.
During the depression the theatre gave people an escape from the harshness which was people’s reality. Entire working class families were able to come see remarkable performances.
A renovation in the 1950s kept the theatre alive for another 40 years until costs, disrepair, and misuse inevitably led to the theatre closing in the 1990s.
The community rose up and took a stand for the place that gave their lives endearing memories. 1994 came and the doors reopened thanks to a Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation Matching Grant, Main Street DeLand Association, and the people who held the theatre close to their hearts. In 2004, ownership was transferred to the Sands Theater Center Inc, which is where it remains today.
William John Howey was born on January 19, 1876 in Odin, Illinois. At age 16, he began selling insurance and by 1900 began developing land and towns for the railroad in Oklahoma.
Howey perfected his citrus farming and sales program techniques in the Winter Haven, Florida area. In 1914, Howey began buying land in Lake County for $8 to $10 per acre and sold it for $800 to $ 2,000 per acre after it was cleared and planted with 48 citrus trees per acre.
The Florida Land Boom tripled Howey's enterprises. To celebrate the completion of his 20-room, 7,200 square foot Howey Mansion in 1927, he hosted the entire New York Civic Opera Company of 100 artists, drawing a crowd of 15,000 arriving in 4,000 automobiles to the free outdoor performance.
The Mansion was built in Mediterranean Revival style at a cost of $250,000 (in 1926 non-inflated dollars), is presently in private ownership, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Howey ran unsuccessfully as a Republican Candidate for Governor in 1928 and 1932 and though his dreams were never fully realized, he was known as Florida's greatest citrus developer when he died of a heart attack in Umatilla, Florida on June 7, 1938 at the age of 62.
Grace (his wife) died at age 92 on December 18, 1981 and was placed in the third of six vaults in the family mausoleum, a small Georgian marble structure replete with filigree glass doors, and a stained glass window to diffuse the rays of the setting sun, located on the Mansion property.
The Swann name is probably most familiar to Tampa residents as the namesake of the 3-mile-long avenue that connects Bayshore and West Shore boulevards, a testament to the family’s work developing the city in its early years.
What hasn’t been so well known is the family’s connection to Ybor City’s role in the early to mid-1900s as the cigar-rolling capital of the world.
That could change now that a huge painted sign that reads “Home of Swann Cigars” was found underneath panels removed from an exterior wall of the former cigar factory on the corner of Palm Avenue and 19th Street. The former factory is being turned into apartments by Ybor City business partners Ariel Quintela and Darryl Shaw.
excerpt from Tampa Tribune
I was not going to take a picture of the Archie Smith Fish House this trip but the morning was so incredibly foggy and I was tripping out on fog pictures all morning. I passed by the fish house and came to a screeching halt realizing that the fog was so thick the place was in black & white. This photo has not been retouched in any way. It is exactly as I saw it that morning. Enjoy!
"First known as the Hays Boarding Home, built about 1883 by John and Elizabeth C. Hays, it was purchased by Lyman Lee around 1900 and became the Lee-Carter Boarding Home."
Linden, Sumter County The house was boarded up nearly 7 years ago due to people breaking in. Officially that was the last time anyone has been inside.