315 22nd Ave NE 33704

Then and Now — 1935 & 2023 — 315 22nd Ave NE

From 1935: “REALTY BOARDS BETTER HOME OPEN FOR INSPECTION – The St. Petersburg Realty board’s better home, to which the public’s attention has been drawn for the past few months, has been completed.”

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“Planned and built by the board to stimulate building, encourage the owning of homes and to guide those planning to build, the better home is an achievement of which the realtors may be justly proud.”

“Located not far from the shores of Coffee Pot bayou, the proximity to this body of water assures the benefit of gentle breezes from Tampa bay at all times of the year.”

“In sponsoring this project the realty board has been cognizant of St. Petersburg’s title as “A City of Beautiful Homes” and has made this residence attractive and sufficient.”

MacDonald Mayer, the architect, planned a distinctive house adapted to the tropical setting with its architectural lines following the popular Mediterranean style and with its stuccoed walls and tile roof. The same tropical idea is carried out in the grounds which have been landscaped by Mortimer J. Soule of Soule’s Gladiolus Garden.”

“When John B. Green, local realtor and chairman of the board’s better home committee, first suggested the better home as a major project of the organization the question of financing such a proposition was discussed. So interested was Raleigh W. Greene, executive vice president of the First Federal Savings and Loan, in the plan that he announced his company would sponsor the movement. A lot was obtained, and the board told to pay the First Federal Savings and Loan association a monthly payment equal to moderate rent.”

“With the lot decided upon and the matter of financing settled, the building of the home finally placed into the capable hands of John H. Bull, Inc., local contractors. Other local concerns have played a definite part in the successful building of the better home. Dann-Gerow, Inc, one of the oldest building supply concerns in the city, has furnished all the rock for mixing the concrete, sand, plaster and lathing, cement and building tile. The hollow tile selected is considered the best base made for stucco and the cement used on the porches and steps to the home was furnished also by this company. Sunshine Lumber Co. furnished lumber for the house.”

“The home consists of two-story hollow tile, with the first floor consisting of a large screened porch, studio living room, dining room, kitchen, back porch, boiler room, two large bedrooms and bath and the second floor with master bedroom, adjoining bath and sundeck. There is also a two-car garage which has a laundry and maid’s lavatory.”

“Footings and foundations are poured reinforced concrete. Structural framing throughout is reinforced with 6 inch studs and the rafters are four by six instead of the usual two by six. The garage is built of eight inch tile blocks and all sheet metal work is rust-proof galvanized iron.”

“Cypress lumber is used throughout the house. In the studio living room are rafters; all floors are white oak and in the bathrooms are tile wainscots and vitreous tile floors. The bedrooms downstairs are 11 by 15 and 12 by 13 feet, and are connected by a bathroom. The kitchen is 9 by 12 feet; the dining room, 10 by 13 feet; living room, 14 by 20. Upstairs the Master bedroom is 10 by 16 feet.”

“One enters the house from a low terrace and wide screened porch through large glass doors leading into the living room. This room has plastered walls rising to the height of the exposed rafters stained a weathered gray and supported on a heavy beam running the length of the room. In one corner is a fireplace with a single row of the tile laid flush with the plaster and with its hearth of orchard stone flanking the arched entrance to the dining room. The ceiling of the dining room is several feet lower than that of the living room.”

“The kitchen leads into a screened service porch, while at the opposite end is the door opening into the heating room under the stairs. At the left of the fireplace in the living room is a door leading into a private hall where a telephone recess has been so arranged that it can be used conveniently by persons in the living room or in the adjoining bedrooms. Each bedroom has generous closets with wide casement windows opening on three sides. Between the bedrooms is a tile bath equipped with a neo-angle square tub. The wall tile is peach color with black base and trim and the flooring is of black tile with white joints.”

“The stairway leads upstairs to the master bedroom with adjoining bath. The bathroom has gray tiled walls with black trim and black tiled floor with white joints. At the head of the stairway a door leads to the sundeck from which one may look out over the gardens and across to the waters of the bayou.”

September 19, 1935
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