Every two years, Preserve the ‘Burg (PTB) recognizes its neighbors, be they homeowners, business owners and even developers, who have worked to maintain character in one of America’s fastest growing cities. .
Last night the nonprofit recognized work in 17 categories, including the renovation and restoration of the Floridian Social Club on Central Avenue (fka State Theater), which finally hosted its first national headliner on Tuesday and won the award for “Renovation/Restoration of a Designated Landmark.”
“Built in 1924 as the Alexander National Bank, the building was converted into a movie theater in 1949. It functioned as a jazz club and later as a concert hall,” the presenters said during of the award ceremony. “The 2018-2020 alterations brought back original elements from 1924 and also retained and restored some 1949 designs such as the canopy over the entrance which had since grown in prominence and testified to the evolution unique building, which will be 100 years old in just a few years.”
Other notable winners were Ken and Gina Burchenal (“Sense of Place, Community Storytelling”) who purchased Jack Kerouac’s home in Disston Heights in 2020 and hosted events to honor the revered American author.
Bodega, sandwich heaven in Lechon, also brought back material for its restoration of the Spanish-Italian/art deco elements of the Smalley-Green Auto Building, citing the property’s use of tax credits earmarked for long-term improvements.
Ferg even has some love for how he saved the historic World Liquors brand.
Burt and Carole Kline, who have long played a role in historic neighborhoods in the Old Northeast, received the PTB’s “Preservationist of the Year” award.
Check out all the winners of the Preserve the ‘Burg’s 2022 Preservation Awards below.
- Renovation/Restoration – Residential 2710 2nd Ave. N., Andrew & Starr Blaser, Owners
- Renovation/Restoration – Institutional t. Pete High School Pinellas County Schools/Rowe Architects/Creative Contractors
- Renovation/Restoration – Commercial Bodega on Central-Blake Whitney Thompson, Blake Investment Partners, George & Debbie Sayegh (Bodega Owners)
- Renovation/Restoration of a designated monument Floridian Theater Kevin Chadwick, Owner
- Adaptive Reuse – Residential American Baptist Church of the Beatitudes
- Bluewater Builders/Jason Sanchez
- Compatible design in a local historic district 700 31 St. N., Allen Campbell & Craig Hepworth and Domaine Homes
- Compatible design in an undesignated historic district Hughey Home 750 2nd St N, Pam and David Hughey, EDAD Studio.
- Accessory housing 2500 Burlington Avenue N. Zach Curry, Owner
- Preservation Crafts Union Trust Bank – Historic Restoration of All Trades
- Sense of belonging, community storytelling Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg-Ken and Gina Burchenal
- Sense of belonging, community space Polish American Society – Roger Telschow and Monika Smolarczyk
- Restoration of historical signs Historic Fergs/World Liquors sign, Mark Ferguson
- Preservation Publication “Sophie and Zack at Sunken Gardens” Child Education Project Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation (SGFF)
- Preservation Education Howard Knapp – “Then and Now” posts in “Remember St. Petersburg When…” Social Media Facebook Page
- Maureen Stafford Award New Light Restoration, Trevor Sieders (Owner)
- Curator of the Year Burt and Carol Kline
- Legacy of Preservation / Lifetime Achievement Howard Fenford Hansen