USF Libraries
USF Digital Collections

The fine hotel named for an opera star

MISSING IMAGE

Material Information

Title:
The fine hotel named for an opera star
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Hotels -- Florida -- Saint Petersburg   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Saint Petersburg Beach (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the Don Ce-Sar Hotel, built by Thomas Rowe in St. Petersburg.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 27, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221786
oclc - 650343462
usfldc doi - D33-0143
usfldc handle - d33.143
System ID:
SFS0000524:00001


This item is only available as the following downloads:


Full Text

PAGE 1

i14 THE FINE HOTEL NAMED FOR AN OPERA STAR By HAMPTON DUNN ST. PETERSBURG BEACH --Thomas J. Rowe was a shrewd, courtly and frail New Englander who came to St. Petersburg during the Florida Boom who escalated a "kitty" of $21,000 into a fortune of over a mi llion dollars. There stands today on St. Petersburg a landmark that was the proud accomplish ment of the professional building decorator who wanted to give this community an elegant hotel in return for all it had given him. The pink stucco castle is the Don Ce Sar, named for Rowe's favorite opera star, Don Caesar de Bazan in the opera "Maritana." The nine story structure rose on the beach in 1925, just as the boom itself started its decline. It started out to be a five story building, but Rowe ballooned h is plans as he discovered the architect had failed to include a sweeping, impressive staircase. Thus came a quick redesign ing, additional building, and added costs. The final tab was $1,150,000, about $300,000 more than originally planned by architect Hen ry DuPont. Rowe's own real estate adviser, Walter P. Fuller, had advised him against build ing a hotel at this lonely spot. He pointed out that Pass a Grille was served with a precarious nine foot brick road and access to the island was by a frail, wooden toll bride, that the hotel business usually lost money, that the islands had no water, and other problems. Fuller quit as his anent; Rowe went ahead. The hotel never made money. It served as a hospital during World War II and later as Veterans Administrat ion offices until 1968.

PAGE 2

i14


xml version 1.0 encoding UTF-8 standalone no
record xmlns http:www.loc.govMARC21slim xmlns:xsi http:www.w3.org2001XMLSchema-instance xsi:schemaLocation http:www.loc.govstandardsmarcxmlschemaMARC21slim.xsd
leader nam 2200325Ia 4500
controlfield tag 001 002221786
005 20100727145639.0
006 m d
007 cr bn|||||||||
008 100727s196u flua s 000 0 eng d
datafield ind1 8 ind2 024
subfield code a D33-0143
040
FHM
c FHM
043
n-us-fl
035
(OCoLC)650343462
049
FHmm
090
F306 (ONLINE)
1 100
Dunn, Hampton.
4 245
The fine hotel named for an opera star
h [electronic resource] /
by Hampton Dunn.
260
196-?
300
1 online resource (2 p.) :
b ill.
500
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 27, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
520
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the Don Ce-Sar Hotel, built by Thomas Rowe in St. Petersburg.
2 0 610
Don Ce-Sar Hotel (St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.)
650
Hotels
z Florida
Saint Petersburg.
651
Saint Petersburg Beach (Fla.)
x Description and travel.
773
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.
w (OCoLC)645457977
856
u http://digital.lib.usf.edu/?d33.143