101 16th Ave NE 33704

Then and Now — 1940 & 2022 101 16th Ave NE

From 1940: “Dazzling white, without a trace of color to relieve the brilliance, this new home of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Carlson, 101 sixteenth avenue northeast, has graceful curves and arches to bring out its beauty. Designed by Dr. Carlson, its interior is as conventional as the exterior is ultra-modern. There are two bedrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen. Walls are colored egg-shell, ceilings are light, and ‘dustless corners’ have been introduced to lighten housework. The bathroom is all tile….deep blue like a Florida summer sky. The kitchen has an inlaid linoleum floor matching the buff colored tiled sink with its dark tan trim. Hardwood floors, built-in cabinets for mop and broom, with a supply department overhead, and roll-away doors are added conveniences. The exterior has an arched front door ornamented with beveled strips of wood painted white and spread open like a fan. This leads to the tiled front porch and thence into the home. The arched breezeway is one of the most spectacular features of the dwelling. Graceful and symmetrical in design, it leads to the spacious two-car garage. Curved corner walls have round windows to permit a view of lush green shrubs now growing. Rounded flower bins will contain bright blooms, the only color contrast to the all-white home. Construction is concrete hollow tile stuccoed. Roof is of white tile. Inner walls are furred and plastered over sheet rock, providing complete air-conditioning from foundation to attic. The building is heated by a circulating oil burner.”

Arthur Godfrey Carlson was born on August 19, 1894, in Massachusetts. His father was an immigrant from Sweden and Arthur’s birth name was ‘Arthur Gottfried Carlsson’, which he ‘Americanized’ in its spelling at an early age. Arthur was schooled in Massachusetts and proved to be a very bright young man. After High School Arthur entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, where he earned a doctorate degree in engineering. Upon graduating, Arthur’s first job was as an electrical engineer. In 1917, the US entered WWI and Arthur was quick to enter the service. He joined up on December 10, 1917 and served in the US Navy’s anti-submarine division. After his honorable discharge on May 3, 1919, Arthur returned to his engineering work. In 1921, Arthur met (and married) Ms. Mary Langley Jones, the couple never had children.

Arthur and Mary, although they had no children of their own, were very interested in the well-being of youth, and opened a summer camp at the foothills of the White Mountains on Lake Magwain in Waterford Maine in 1932. They called the camp the “Passaconaway Boys Camp”. The program was designed “to develop leaders of men. “Noblesse oblige” was the camp’s motto and only boys with above average scholastic and social records, regardless of affluence, were chosen to attend.” The camp became Camp Joseph in 1960 and is now part of the National Park service.

Arthur and Mary retired to St. Pete in 1940, and Arthur put his engineering skills to work in the design of this house. By the mid-1950’s Arthur and Mary had relocated to Palm Beach, Florida, where he died on April 29, 1989, at age 95. A few months later, on August 27, 1989, Mary died, she was also 95. The couple are buried at Arlington Cemetery at Drexel Hill, Pa.

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