Landmark designation requested for 1926 Historic Old Northeast Church

Exterior photo of old church
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The Historic Old Northeast is bursting with St. Petersburg charm. A vibrant mix of historic homes, cobblestone streets and the iconic hexagon patterned sidewalk give it its character. Also, Historic Old Northeast is holiday decor royalty. In this blogger’s opinion, the neighborhood undisputed Halloween and Christmas decoration champion. Can someone make a trophy or belt?

City Council member Darden Rice has submitted a request for the City to initiate landmark designation of the 1926 Westminster Presbyterian Church at the corner of 1st St. and 11th Ave NE. This request is on the December 5 City Council Agenda.

If a majority of Council agrees, the City will submit an application and schedule it for public hearings.

The property is currently for sale. Rice, along with officials from Preserve the ‘Burg, believe the Landmark status will encourage the future owner to reuse the building rather than demolish it.

Full disclosure: I’m a Historic Old Northeast resident, and personally would like to see this church reused. It’s a structure that I find myself transfixed by whenever I walk my dog. It certainly has potential for any developer looking to add something to the neighborhood.

The landmark request isn’t unusual. Many churches/schools in the Tampa Bay region have received similar distinctions.

Want to help preserve this piece of St. Pete history?

Join Preserve the Burg in supporting Darden Rice in this preservation action by emailing City Council at council@stpete.org (make sure to cc PTB info@preservetheburg.org). Encourage Council to keep St. Petersburg and the neighborhood special by submitting the church landmark application – put Westminster Church in your email title.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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