Modern Home Tour is Saturday in St. Pete; ranges from an estate to an Airstream

ST. PETERSBURG

A St. Petersburg estate designed in the middle of the 20th century typifies architectural modernism. So does the city's Fire Station 8, which is LEED-certified Gold for its environmental assets.

Those structures and several others, including two downtown condominiums and an Airstream trailer, will be open to the public Saturday during a self-guided event organized by Modern Home Tours based in Austin, Texas.

It is the group's first offering in Florida, publicist Ken Shallcross said.

Ingrid Spencer, a contributing editor for Architectural Record magazine, is curator for the event.

She first considered Sarasota, home to a number of classic modern structures designed by Paul Rudolph in the 1950s and '60s. After consulting with architects Carl Abbott, who studied with Rudolph, and Michael Halflants and John Pichette, she changed the focus to St. Petersburg.

Sarasota already offers a number of tours, she said, and St. Petersburg has significant newer properties, including Signature Place and the 475 Second St. N condos.

The firehouse, which opened in 2011, is included because "firefighters have 72-hour shifts, and the firefighters really use it as a home," she said. "The residential features of the station are very important to the building."

The trailer, she said, "is an interesting way to live a modern lifestyle." For Saturday's event, she said, "We've got a big old house, a seven-story building, and now the Airstream. I think it's going to be a bit of a wild ride."

The following structures are confirmed:

• 3547 Bayshore Blvd. NE, architecture by Halflants and Pichette.

• 475 Second St. N, Unit 701, architecture by Mesh Architecture.

• 411 Cordova Blvd. NE, architecture by William B. Harvard Sr. The Airstream will be at this site.

• 175 First Ave. S, Unit 2101, architecture by Perkins and Will.

• 6500 Fourth St. S, design by Frank Rowell.

• Fire Station 8, at 4701 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, architecture by Wannemacher Jensen.

Modern Home Tours is a for-profit company that puts together similar events throughout the country and donates some proceeds to a community organization. In this case, the beneficiary is the St. Petersburg Fire Department, Spencer said.

Modern Home Tour

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $30 through 8 p.m. Friday online at

modernhometours.com. Pick up tickets at 3547 Bayshore Blvd. NE, 475 Second St. N or 6500 Fourth St. S on Saturday. $40 at all locations day of tour. Free to children younger than 12.

Modern Home Tour is Saturday in St. Pete; ranges from an estate to an Airstream 11/27/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 5:39pm]

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