Category Archives: Historic Downtowns

South Bend Hat Bleachery

Have you wondered where to go to get your last year’s hat spiffed up for this season? If you lived in South Bend, Indiana from 1916-1931, you would know you go to the South Bend Hat Bleachery: The Hatters That … Continue reading

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Sala’s butterfly

Quilt block textile; hand-sewn and embroidered with vintage materials. Helena Sala, St. Augustine, FL.

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The Floridian for the last supper

We had dinner on the patio of the Floridian on our first foray into historic St. Augustine, because Rosie the poodle was with us, and besides, it was lovely outside. That was my day 8 of camping you may recall, … Continue reading

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What? Henry Flagler bought another hotel, next door to his first two?

Alongside the Hotel Ponce de Leon and Hotel Alcazar, the Casa Monica Hotel opened in 1888 by Franklin W. Smith. Constructed in the Moorish Revival and Spanish Baroque Revival style, it faced the courtyard for Hotel Alcazar, across the street … Continue reading

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Hotel Alcazar: Another Henry Flagler grand hotel

Across the street from the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, developed by East Florida railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler, is another of Flagler’s grand hotels built with the vision of enticing wealthy East Coast elites to the “Ancient City” of … Continue reading

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Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel

What I would not have given to have stepped off the train in 1887 and checked in to the new luxury Ponce de Leon Hotel…and even more so on the morning of Day 8 of the Great RV Camping Adventure … Continue reading

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Thiesen Building: Pensacola’s first “skyscraper”

Christen Thiesen, a Danish immigrant to Pensacola, constructed the Thiesen building in 1901 and it opened in 1902. Thiesen and his wife, the former Effie Lee Mitchell of Eufaula, Alabama were reported to travel extensively in the northern cities and … Continue reading

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Terrezza: Optical Optics

We were due to depart Fort Pickens Campground Saturday morning, and had been able to arrange an appointment to get the vent fan cover replaced on Friday–a half hour job. We had planned to visit the Pensacola Historic District while … Continue reading

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Pensacola Historic District: Saenger Theatre

Do you have a Saenger Theatre in your town? Julian and Abel Saenger of New Orleans founded the business with their first theatre in Sheveport in 1911. New Orleans architect Emile Weil designed several of them including the one on … Continue reading

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Breaking News 1935: Morales Building Breaks

One of the blogs I enjoy is Darius Bryjka’s Mesker Brothers: Storefronts of America. Mississippi has preserved many of their buildings with iron storefronts and other metal details and when I began to see so many of them in the … Continue reading

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