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Scarlet Ibis at Sunken Gardens: St. Petersburg, Florida

Scarlet Ibis at Sunken Gardens: St. Petersburg, Florida

Local call number: COM03374

Title: Scarlet Ibis at Sunken Gardens: St. Petersburg, Florida

Date: September 1978

General Note: The Gardens began in 1903, when plumber and avid gardener George Turner Sr. purchased the six acres that would become a world famous botanical attraction. He drained a shallow lake 10 feet (3.0 m) below sea level to create his "sunken" garden. By the 1920s, Turner was charging a nickel for tours. The Gardens eventually became widely popular, and from the 1950s through the 1970s were ranked among Florida’s top ten commercial attractions. The City of St. Petersburg purchased Sunken Gardens in 1999 with funds from a voter-approved tax. The Gardens included the Sanitary Public Market. Designed by architect Albert Lee Hawes and constructed in 1926 it became the Coca Cola Bottling Company plant in the 1940s. The Turner family purchased the building in 1967 to create the World’s Largest Gift Shop and the King of Kings Wax Museum. It was closed in 1995 and after restoration by the City of St. Petersburg was added to the National Register of Historic Places in on June 27, 2002.

Physical descrip: 1 slide – col.

Series Title: Department of Commerce Collection

Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850.245.6700. Archives@dos.myflorida.com

Persistent URL: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/93973

Posted by State Library and Archives of Florida on 2013-03-04 14:16:30

Tagged: , Florida , State LIbrary and Archives of Florida , Historic Preservation Month , scarlet ibis , birds , Sunken Gardens , St. Petersburg , Pinellas County , George Turner Sr. , botanical gardens , gardens , attractions , roadside attractions , Sanitary Public Market , Albert Lee Hawes , Coca Cola Bottling plants , King of Kings Wax Museum , National Register of Historic Places , Department of Commerce Collection , wildlife

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