Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stay in Florida. Cheap digs.

Another fine photo from shorpy.com It is the Tampa Bay Hotel in Florida in 1902. It is a big photo and if you click it, you will see the fine detail. I do love restrained architecture. Can you imagine staying there, the interior, the uniformed staff tending to your ever want. I was made for such a life. Pity it didn't happen.

6 comments:

  1. Andrew, you still can go there! It's not a hotel anymore, it closed in 1930, but you can learn things as it is Tampa Bay University now.
    check this, at has to do with railroads: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_B._Plant_Museum

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  2. With your genes, if you had been born then you'd be a goldminer. Bendigo or California- take your pick- but Florida would have been off your radar. Unless you found the gold of course, and remembered where you actually buried it...

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  3. It's nice that wealthy people sometimes spend their money making something that gives them pleasure [other than making more money].

    If the building was not useful, it might look like an overgrown folly.
    I would love to have holidayed there during its heyday [but might have struggled to maintain an appropriate upper crust air of ennui].

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  4. Amazing Peter. I never thought to look at what it is today. Thanks so much.

    KN, Florida weather and me would not agree ever. I would have bolted back to old Blighty.

    FruitCake, the thing with being Australian is that they don't expect ennui from us, and so we are a surprise to them.

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  5. Ho hum.

    Is that sufficient ennui for FruitCake?

    :-)

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  6. More than enough Victor.

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