Description of the Project
The EDGE District History Project is dedicated to gathering, cataloging, and publishing the history of the EDGE District.
With no known collection of historical materials existing specific to the EDGE District, developing that archive has been a top priority for EBDA Executive Director Barbara Voglewede. In early 2015 she created The EDGE District History Project, and began gathering information, images, and materials relating to the early decades of the District’s development. She also recruited assistance through the EDGE Internship Program, and was grateful to receive the invaluable help of interns Brandon Hernandez (USF) and Nat Muros (Eckerd College) during the Summer of 2015.
Initial research for the Project focused on tracing the history of each existing building in the District, drawing heavily upon city and county property records, archived business directories and maps, and archived newspaper articles and ads. The EDGE District is very grateful for the assistance of Adele Gilmore, Marta Jones from the St. Petersburg Museum of History and Kim Hinder from the City of St. Petersburg's Historic Preservation Department in contributing references and resources toward that effort.
The second phase of the Project focused on doing a Comprehensive Historic Structures Survey of the District, something never before done. In 2016, with grant funding from Florida Main Street, the EBDA engaged Architectural Historian/Surveyor Laura Lee Corbett to conduct the Survey, and notably, research already collected by the EDGE District History Project played a significant role in informing that work. The Survey evaluated all 55 of the EDGE District buildings 50 years or older, and of those, it identified 35 as "contributing historic resources” eligible for either individual nomination or to support an EDGE Historic District nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
Another major goal of the EDGE District History Project is to publish periodic reports to promote better understanding of the District’s rich history. For all reports to date, please see the column on the right. Ongoing research and Survey findings will be released as part of this series.
Have stories, photos, postcards, or other materials relating to EDGE District history? Please share them with us at 727-329-8869 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
900 Central, the First Bookend of the EDGE District.
Above (R to L): Interns Brandon Hernandez and Nat Muros, poring over Sanborn maps of the District, and old artifacts they found in the attic of Mis en Chic, including sailboat blueprints, a piece of a boat keel, and a 35-year old bottle from Belize.