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2/4/2019 Member News

Preserve the ‘Burg to host Mid Century Porch Party at Famed Bird Cage Homes


St. Petersburg, FL. February 4, 2019:  Preserve the ‘Burg and event sponsor, Eileen Bedinghaus with RE/MAX Metro, will host a Mid Century Porch Party and Open Home Tour on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 4pm - 7pm. The affair will be hosted on the property of 780 69thAve S, St. Petersburg.  The evening will make for a festive event celebrating some of the area’s most unique architecture! Attendees will be able to tour two “Bird-Cage” homes located at 780 & 736 69thAvenue South as well as view the work of homeowner and artist, Kyu Yamamoto.

Originally designed by Glenn Q. Johnson, a renowned architect, these angular structures feature a bottom floor, expansive porches, abundant windows and natural light high above the ground. The bird-cage homes are stunning pieces of mid-century modern architecture located in the Greater Pinellas Point Neighborhood. 

A celebrated architect, Johnson was awarded first place for his design of the St. Pete Beach Library and Azalea Middle School in 1969 by the Florida Architects Association. Other notable designs are the State Office Building (1970), the Snell Isle Shopping Center (mid 1950s), North Shore Pool (early 1960s), and he five-story Pinellas County Judicial Building (1970), 545 First Ave. N, which was his hallmark creation.  

Event sponsor Eileen Bedinghaus, a longtime St. Petersburg Realtor and enthusiast of mid-century design, spoke of Johnson’s work saying, "It was 2001 when I discovered an enclave of extremely unique architectural homes in Pinellas Point.  To say I was infatuated is an understatement.  I had to know more about these homes!  Being a Mid Century Modern Enthusiast, I couldn't fathom how I had never seen or heard about them.  I have been endeared to them ever since and have had the pleasure of getting to know Gary Johnson, the son of the architect, Glenn Q. Johnson, who has been a wealth of information and generosity in sharing every detail about the history, the design and his Dad.  These homes, and this community, are indeed, very special not just to me and people who live in them, but to our City and its history."

In addition to this home being the gathering place for the upcoming Porch Party, this home will soon be offered for sale through Mrs. Bedinghaus.

Registration for February 28thPorch Party found here:

Join Preserve the ‘Burg in 2019 to help celebrate, educate and advocate for what makes St. Pete special!