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7/11/2018 Member News

Preserve the Burg July 2018 SPEAKER SERIES

Preserve the ‘Burg 2018 Program Series - “Unknown St. Pete: Hidden Faces and Unknown Places” Mid-Century Modern Architecture: More than just Concrete and Kitsch

St. Petersburg, FL

July 10, 2017

Join Preserve the 'Burg (PTB) for the second program in our 2018 program series, “Unseen St. Pete: Hidden Faces & Unknown Places." This program will explore some of our city’s largely overlooked mid-century modern gems, with a focus on two of the city's leading architects, Sanford Goldman and William Harvard. The program will be held Thursday, July 19 at freeFall Theatre Company. A light reception with cash bar will be held at 6:00 with program following 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Ninety percent of Florida’s built environment was created after World War II with nearly 47,000 houses constructed in St. Pete during the 1950s. Despite the prevalence of post war construction, there remains an almost willful ignorance of the architectural styles of that era, due in part to a lack of appreciation for the ethics of modernism that drove post-war American architects.

Local architect Tim Clemmons of Place Architecture will moderate a panel including Sanford Goldman who trained with Frank Lloyd Wright, William Harvard family member, Billy Harvard (William Harvard is deceased), and Derek Kilborn, Manager of the city's Urban Planning and Historic Preservation Division. It promises to be a special program!

The third and fourth programs of this series have also been scheduled. September 24 Out of the Shadows: The Faces and Places We Never See, from Elder Jordan’s early housing courts built in historically African-American mid-town to the popular and trendy Birchwood on Beach Drive, built in the 1920’s by a female developer, the program will explore the challenges that have been faced by female and minority developers and how those issues still resonate today. January 29, 2019 The Sun Shines Here: Shining a Light on Women and Minorities in the Future of Architecture is a forward-thinking final program to the "Unseen St. Pete" program series. The program will offer appealing visions of a more equitable future, led by nationally recognized architect Rosa Sheng of San Francisco. Sheng is the designer of the iconic glass stores of Apple and the founder of Equity by Design.

This program series is free. Registration for July 19 program found here:

All programs can be found on our calendar link:

Contact PTB with questions at (727) 824-7802 or

PTB works to foster an appreciation of St. Petersburg’s historic environment by educating the public about local historic resources, landmarking deserving sites and structures, and recognizing the people and business that help achieve this goal.


Laura Flint, Program Coordinator

Preserve the ‘Burg

(727) 824.7802