Then and Now — 1929 & 2021 — 630 20th Ave NE.
From 1933: “It is a pleasure to visit the beautiful home of Mrs. Karl Jungbluth and walk about the spacious grounds. They comprise an entire city block and, with winding automobile paths and by-paths and elaborate plantings of sub-tropical trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, and ferns, resemble a park more than a private property. Wandering along these pathways, one feels as if the city were far removed and that he was in a picturesque section of incomparable countryside scenery. The Jungbluth residence, contructed along effective architectural lines, I spacious and homelike. There is nothing pretentious, yet everything luxurious. Many things have been done to make owner and guests comfortable – and there are sun parlors, porches and big rooms where rich furnishings add to the effectiveness of the home.”
“Its front porch overlooks one of the prettiest yards in this part of Florida. Here are many sub-tropical trees of gigantic size, including southern pine, palms, evergreens, and other varieties. M.J. Soule, horticulturist, responsible for most of the beauty, has said many times that nowhere in this section of the state is there to be found such a wide variety of native growth. In a large portion of the acreage there is a natural undergrowth, while in one quiet nook— set aside as a small, informal garden, are hundreds of varieties of ferns. Here are chairs and tables for the comfort for those who seek rest in this attractive spot.”
“The Jungbluth home is of white, in splendid contrast to the deep green of the grass, foliage and trees. There are a few flowers and flowering shrubs here and there to add color to the setting, which, for the most part, is a continuous green.”
“The house is large, with 10 bedrooms and baths on the second floor. Nearby are the servants’ quarters and garage.”
From 1920: “$50,000 Home Planned By Jungbluth –The contract for what will be one of the most palatial homes yet built in St. Petersburg was let yesterday when Karl Jungbluth, wealthy manufacturer of dyes and dye products, of New York city, closed negotiations for the construction of a home in North Shore. Mr. Jungbluth added to the six blocks he already purchased, six more, making an entire block for his home site. Mr. Jungbluth has the entire block facing Coffee Pot Bayou and the approach of the new bridge just at the turn in the drive to the east of this approach. It is an ideal home site and is covered with large pine and oak trees. On the property is a flowing well which will be utilized for an artistic well house and tower.”
“The wealthy New Yorker has spent the last two winters here at the West Coast Inn and has become delight with the place, Mrs. Jungbluth having liked it immensely from the first. His purchase of the North Shore site was made by C. Perry Snell. The architect for the fine residence he will build is William S. Shull. The contractor is Charles Dubois and the landscape artist is R.T. Wedding.”
From 1933: “Colony from Weedon Island Movie Studios Puts in Night at Jungbluth Home – From dusk to daybreak, movie folks from Aubrey Kennedy’s studios at Weedon Island shot and reshot scenes at the North Shore home of Mrs. Karl Jungbluth. Called to work at 6 o’clock Friday evening, the movie actors, cameramen, lighting technicians and directors gathered and put in a good 12 hours work on scenes for “Chloe” the first full length picture to be made here. Police kept traffic from the Jungbluth home for several hours, but later the bars were let down and a few night owls got in to see the shooting of several scenes. Local girls, playing the part of extras in the picture, stood about awaiting their calls. About dawn when the birds began to sing and Neilan was making ready to shoot another scene, Olive Borden arose from her chair and said ‘Neilan, can’t you take a hint from the birds?’ The director then noticed their chirping and told everyone to go home and sleep and report back at 1 o’clock. Today the “Chloe” company will go to Ocala to shoot pictures at Silver Springs.”
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