Snell Arcade Building Historical Timeline
<1897 NW Corner of Central & 4th is known as the Durant Block.
1897 The Arthur Norwood store is built on the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street.
1907 Noel Mitchell Real Estate purchases the Norwood Building.
1914 C. Perry Snell purchases the block for $100,000. States he wishes to construct an arcade to be the “hub of St. Petersburg’s commercial activities.” He also states that “the primary design goal is beauty.”
1915 Mayor decrees benches to be installed on Central Avenue and that they be painted green.
1926 Construction on Snell Building begins. Kiehnel & Elliott of Pittsburgh are chosen as architects and E.B. Rang is chosen as the contractor. The style is classified as “exposition architecture” with primarily a Spanish-Moroccan design, but with “gothic tracery, Romanesque capitals, Egyptian half- columns, baroque brackets, classic running moldings, renaissance portrait medallions, multifoil arches and fanciful finials.”
1928 Permission is granted for a basement to be constructed 12.5’ under the sidewalk with glass bricks providing lighting.
1928 Construction is completed. The following businesses take occupancy of the building: C. Perry Snell Real Estate Offices & Snell Isle Sales; Cole’s Jewelry; Duckworth Shoe Company; Livingston Popcorn Company; Atlantic City Candy Company; Ladies Exchange Beauty Parlor; Watson’s Smoke House; Royal Barber Shop; Bob’s Spanish Village on the mezzanine roof; and Bob’s Cafeteria in the basement.
1933 Bank forecloses on Snell and takes possession of the building. Statues in Arcade are removed by Snell and donated to Rollins College.
1937 Walgreen’s purchases the building from Mutual Life insurance Company for $500,000 and renames it The Walgreen Building. Basement is extended for coffee shop and refrigeration equipment. “No expense is spared. Air conditioning is installed throughout the building” said an advertisement by Walgreen’s.
1943 Hubert Rutland purchases the building. It is said that he “fell in love with the building and had to buy it.” It was named the Rutland Building.
1980 John and Rosemary Galbraith purchased the neglected Arcade for $1 million. Architect Charles Canerday (then of LaDelfa Canerday) was hired to design a $2.5 million restoration. Canerday said of the project “It was my greatest challenge.”
1982 The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Canerday and developer Robert B. Brooks win the National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award.
2004 The Snell Arcade Condominium Association, Inc is formed and the units are sold individually.
2013 Volunteers of America of Florida acquires, renovates, and occupies the basement unit (Suite 100) of the Snell Building as the new Statewide Administration Headquarters.
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