Preserve the ‘Burg’s Preservation Month Reading List

April 30, 2023

Weather you're a long-time community advocate or just curious about your older home, a preservation professional or looking to inspire a some-day architect, our Preservation Month reading list is a collection of our favorite classics and recently published books on our preservation book shelf. And, don't forget, you can order many of these titles from your local St. Pete or Tampa Bay area book seller.

A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture; Edited by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architecture and F. Blair Reeves, 2017.

Historic Sites and Architecture of St. Petersburg, Florida; Ken Breslauer, 2011.

Sophie & Zack at Sunken Gardens; Published by the Sunken Gardens Foundation

St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream, 1888–1950; Arsenault, Raymond, 1988. 

St. Petersburg’s Historic African American Neighborhoods; Rosalie Peck and Jon Wilson, 2008.

Saving South Beach; M. Barron Stofik. 2005.

Florida's Historic African American Homes (Images of America; Vedet Coleman-Robinson, 2021.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College;  Dale Allen Gyure, 2010.

Florida's Historic Places Illustrated; Tim Ohr, Michael Sanders, et al., 2012.

The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities; Stephanie Meeks and Kevin C. Murphy; 2016

Historic Real Estate: Market Morality and the Politics of Preservation in the Early United States; Whitney Martinko, 2020.

Historic Preservation Theory: An Anthology: Readings from the 18th to the 21st Century; Jorge Otero-Pailos, 2022

When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story of Jacqueline Kennedy's Fight for an American Icon; Natasha Wing and Alexandra Boiger, 2017

Sites of Memory : Perspectives on Architecture and Race; Craig Evan Barton, 2001.

A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture; Virginia Savage McAlester, 2015

Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Identity and Well-Being;  Thompson M. Mayes, 2018.

Main Street's Comeback: And How It Can Come Back Again;  Mary Means, 2021.

The Women Who Changed Architecture; Jan Cigliano Hartman (Editor), 2022.

Preservation and Place: Historic Preservation by and of LGBTQ Communities in the United States; Katherine Crawford-Lackey and Megan E. Springate, 2019.

Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City;  Gordon Young, 2013.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities; Jane Jacobs, 1961.

What style is it - A guide to American Architecture; John C. Poppeliers and S. Allen Chambers, 2008.

The Gandy Home, a wood-frame home constructed in 1910 by one of St. Pete's founding families was demolished in 2018.
May 26, 2023
A review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan reveals policies aimed at protecting St. Pete's historic structures have been largely ignored.
Historic Bay Gables House
August 1, 2022
It’s not every day that you see a 100-year-old mansion being driven down the street. But that’s exactly what downtown residents encountered in the early morning hours this past Sunday as the Historic Bay Gables home at 136 4th Avenue NE was loaded onto a massive flatbed truck, destined to make history in a new neighborhood ten blocks away.
The Julia
July 8, 2022
Residents and preservation advocates scored a victory Wednesday, as the Development Review Commission rejected by a unanimous 8-0 vote an effort by developers of "The Julia" to modify their plans for an 18-story condo tower slated for a .24-acre parcel on 4th Ave. N., directly adjacent to the historic Flor de Leon apartments.