702 8th Ave S 33701

Then and Now — 1923 & 2021 —  702 8th Ave So. (Roser Park)

From 1923: “Here’s a Home Offered at Very Low Figure; Ideal for Residence or as Investment. Southwest corner of 8th Ave and 7th street south. 10 rooms, 2 baths, sleeping porch, sun parlor, screened porch, garage, steam heated – completely and elegantly furnished in mahogany. Leather upholstered chairs, Haviland China. Everything high class. Lot on corner 75 X 100 – Paved all around, including alley. Fruits and flowers. Beautiful lawn. Cannot be reproduced for less than $25,000. Owner says “Sell”. It’s a pick-up at the price  – $18,500.”

E.H. Tomlinson

This house was originally built for Edwin H. Tomlinson, St. Pete pioneer and financial benefactor of many St. Pete landmark institutes. Tomlinson Adult Learning Center on Mirror Lake is named for him. Tomlinson lived in this house for a couple of years then sold it in the late 1920’s.

The house went through several owners during the depression and in 1945 it was purchased by Dr. & Mrs. Charles D. Farriss D.D. and their daughter Alice. In 1945 Alice began working for the Boardman Realty Co. About this time, she met an Evening Independent reporter, Frank T. White, and the two were married in 1949. Alice had still been living with her mother Elizabeth (her father had passed away) so she and Frank moved into the house as their residence. In 1955 Alice’s mother Elizabeth died and the house went to Alice and Frank. In 1966 Frank passed away and Alice remained in the house. Alice, owner of the White Realty Co. was voted the local Realtor of the Year in 1972. In 1978 Alice’s home had become too much for her to care for by herself so, when approached by All Children’s Hospital as a possible purchase to open the proposed “Ronald McDonald House”, she jumped at the opportunity. Alice’s home for 33 years opened its doors as the Ronald McDonald House in 1980 and has served as a home away from home for families of patients at All Children’s Hospital (now Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital).  Alice moved into Suncoast Manor and 10 years later (March 29, 1990) passed away at age 87.

Note: Over the years the roof line changed on the house. The photo unfortunately couldn’t be captured from the same angle. I have circled the sun-parlor which along with the fireplace should give you an idea of the landmarks of the house.

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