I recently had the opportunity to tour the Historic YMCA building in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. This building has so much rich history and character that a group of individuals have been trying to raise funds to Save, Restore and Maintain the local landmark. This group is the Historic St. Pete Inc which was formed to obtain funds to save the landmark from the wrecking ball. Their goal is to create a unique community center and special event venue that entertains, educates, inspires, and promotes happiness and prosperity through music and the arts.
The building, built in 1927, is in the Mediterranean Revival Architectural style and certainly stands out from all the modern day buildings. The 5 story landmark features grand entrance ways, a large gymnasium area, basement with hand placed tile pool, outdoor courtyard, plus roof top viewing tower all radiating with character.
My readers may recognize the building from the A Slice of the Burg Music, Art & Street Festival that I also had the pleasure of photographing.
Take a look of these photographs of the Historic YMCA – isn’t this building worth saving?
A view out one of the many windows. Below this area is the courtyard.
A View from the roof top viewing tower
To learn more about this building please Historic St. Pete