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Secretary Detzner Announces the Designation of Three Properties on the National Register of Historic Places

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Tampa, the P.K. Yonge House in Pensacola and the Holden House in Bunnel have been listed on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

These listings on the National Register of Historic Places illustrate the wide variety of Florida's architectural history," said Secretary Detzner. The First Federal Savings and Loan Association, P.K. Yonge House and Holden House each provide a unique perspective of their community's history.

First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Tampa

The First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Tampa, located in Hillsborough County, is an International Style skyscraper designed by prominent Tampa architect Harry A. MacEwen. Constructed in the heart of Tampa in 1963, it was the first skyscraper constructed in Tampa since the Great Depression and was the earliest of MacEwen's International Style skyscraper designs. The building is fourteen stories high and is divided into two parts: a three-story base and an eleven-story tower. The tower is characterized by horizontal ribbons of glass and buff brick, while the base of the building features black granite panels. The building has changed little since its initial construction and is among the best examples of mid-century modern or international style architecture in Tampa. The building's current owners have applied for federal historic preservation tax credits to help fund an extensive rehabilitation that will convert the former bank and office building into a residential tower while maintaining its historic character.

 

P.K. Yonge House

The P.K. Yonge House, located in Escambia County, is an Arts and Crafts Style home constructed between 1910 and 1911 in the East Hill neighborhood of Pensacola. It was designed by architect Chandler Cox Yonge as his first significant commission and established him as a prominent local architect in Pensacola. The home was built for his father, P.K. Yonge, a lumber magnate who was also active in supporting public education. P.K. Yonge's eldest son, Julian Chandler Yonge, later lived in the home where he worked as editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly. Also an avid collector of historical documents related to Florida, J.C. Young's collection was housed in a red masonry structure in the backyard of the property. In 1944 J.C. Yonge donated his collection of Florida historical documents to the University of Florida in his father's name, leading to the creation of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History. The house remains a private residence.

 

Holden House

The Holden House, located in Bunnell, the county seat of Flagler County, was constructed in 1917 for Thomas and Ethel Holden. Thomas E. Holden was a prominent local pharmacist in Bunnell who later served as the city's mayor. The Holden House is an excellent example of a 20th century Craftsman Bungalow and is the earliest example of this architectural style in Bunnell. The house has several unique features including porch columns made of local coquina stone and a mosaic on the exterior sunroom gable made of broken apothecary bottles from Holden's pharmacy. The Holden family owned the house until Thomas Holden passed away in the 1970s and the property was sold to Flagler County. It was obtained by the Flagler County Historical Society in 1984, and is now operated as a house museum. An annex behind the building is open limited hours to researchers. To learn more visit flaglercountyhistoricalsociety.com.

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About the National Register of Historic Places The National Register of Historic Places is a list maintained by the National Park Service which includes historical or archaeological properties including buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts, that are considered worthy of preservation because of their local, statewide and/or national significance. Nominations for properties in Florida are submitted to the National Park Service through the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources. Florida has over 1,700 listings on the National Register, including 295 historic districts and 175 archaeological sites. There are more than 50,000 sites contributing to the National Register in Florida. For more information, visit flheritage.com/preservation/national-register. For more information about the National Register of Historic Places program administered by the National Park Service, visit nps.gov/nr.

 

About the Florida Department of State's Bureau of Historic Preservation

The Bureau of Historic Preservation (BHP) conducts historic preservation programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, preserving and interpreting the historic and cultural resources of the state. The Bureau manages the Florida Main Street Program, and under federal and state laws, oversees the National Register of Historic Places program for Florida, maintains an inventory of the state's historical resources in the Florida Master Site File, assists applicants in federal tax benefit and local government ad valorem tax relief programs for historic buildings, and reviews the impact that development projects may have on significant historic resources. For more information, visit flheritage.com/preservation.