Recognize this wild English cottage at the intersection of 4th Street and 22nd Avenue North? It was the home of The Melting Pot for several decades — but before that it was a popular roadside museum. Preserve the ‘Burg details the history of this structure — seriously sign up for their newsletter, it’s brilliant.
Earl Gresh built the structure in the early 1930’s to look like an English cottage. The Earl Gresh Wood Parade was one of myriad roadside attractions that St. Pete, and the state of Florida was famous for.
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Your voice makes a difference! Following PTB's recent article on the Melting Pot, the city received a number of emails asking the CPPC or City Council to consider a review of the building to determine whether it should be considered for local landmark designation. We will keep you updated on how the city responds. To learn about the history of the Melting Pot read PTB's advocacy position page (link in profile).
Here’s a little context from a museum brochure:
“The building with its mullioned windows is fashioned of hand hewn longleaf yellow pine timbers with flitch tide red cypress siding. The rived shingles of heart cypress are similar to those used on George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. Bricks from historic Fort Dade at the mouth of Tampa Bay were used for the garden wall and the immense chimney.”
The center of the museum contained the cross-section of a 2,270 year old tidewater red cypress tree stump. The museum featured carvings from all over the world that at first glance would appear to be paintings but were works of art made entirely of wood pieces and without paints or stains to color the wood.
The Wood Parade officially closed in 1959. The Melting Pot also recently closed. We’re not sure what the future holds for this historic structure, but we hope the unique English Cottage is preserved.
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