Friday, November 30, 2012

Crescent - Miami Beach, Florida

1420 Ocean Drive - Designed by Henry Hohauser.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

St. George Greek Orthodox Church - Orlando, Florida

24 North Rosalind Avenue - Built in 1928 and designed by George Foote Dunham.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gem Theater - Mulberry, Florida

118 NW First Avenue - Originally the Gem Theater but has lived most of its life as union hall.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Creighton Hall - Omaha, Nebraska

2500 California Plaza - Part of Creighton University.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

The UPS Store - Los Angeles, California

8001 Sunset Boulevard - Built circa 1930.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Olde Towne Square - Winter Haven, Florida

350 Third Street NW - Built in the 1920's, this building once housed the Winter Haven Post Office.

Monday, November 12, 2012

YMCA - St. Petersburg, Florida

116 5th Street South - Almost two years ago I happened across this fantastic building while exploring downtown St. Petersburg and posted photos of it here, here, and here.  At the time I really wished I could see inside.  Imagine my glee when I found out that it would be open for tours this past Sunday.  Most of the interior has been gutted but there were still a few incredible artistic elements remaining.  We'll begin with some pictures of the exterior.

Fireplace detail.  Much of the interior details that remain have a native central American motif.

A lovely doorway that was somehow spared demolition.


Detail on the kickplates of the staircase to the second floor.

Plaques in the courtyard highlight organizations that contributed to the YMCA.

Doorway from the courtyard back into the lobby.

Hard to see in the picture but more native images in the floor tile.

Little bits of art everywhere, even under the roof tiles.

Gymnasium (or what's left of it).

A gaping hole in the floor where a staircase used to lead down to the pool (which we sadly didn't get to see).

Another fireplace.

Ceiling in the lobby.  Much of the art has disappeared with time but there is still enough there to give a hint as to the craftsmanship that went into the construction of the building.

Wall sconce in the lobby.

Detail on the ceiling beams in the lobby.