Then and Now — 1936 & 2021 — 250 Mirror Lake Dr.
The permit was pulled in 1936 for this home by Mrs. Ena Simpson Jackson with Cade B. Allen as the contractor. The cost was to be $18,000 for construction of a hollow tile, stone veneer house.
From 1936: “This luxurious home with 15 rooms, designed and built for Mrs. Ena S. Jackson by Cade B. Allen will be open for public inspection today. Visiting hours will be from 10:00 AM – 12, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The home is built of Georgia granite with glazed tile roof. There are eight bedrooms and many unusual features, including a Silica rock fireplace in the large living room. Hardware and fixtures are in solid bronze.”
Ena Jackson’s husband, William, a successful businessman from Piedmont SC, was owner of the local “Home Service Ice Co.” from 1932 until he died suddenly on November 4, 1934, at the age of 53. Two years later Ena contracted with Cade Allen to build this mansion on Mirror Lake. Ena, also born in Piedmont SC, had come to St. Pete with her husband William in 1927 and decided to make this their permanent residence. The house being so large, Ena decided to rent out rooms and use it as income property. She lived in this house until her death on October 14, 1958. Although Ena was a member of First Presbyterian Church here, her will stipulated that the house would be sold and the proceeds would go to the Hobson Memorial Baptist Church which was then located at 49th Street and 5th Ave North, the church building later became the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
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