Veillard House - St Petersburg, Florida

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Real Estate Agent with Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International

Veillard House St Petersburg Florida

 

The Veillard House in downtown St Petersburg, Florida, has had an interesting history. It was built in 1901 and designed by Henry DuPont for Ralph and Minnie Veillard. Veillard had a farm supply business/general storeand was in local politics. Originally from Laval, France, he came to St Pete via Canada, Baltimore and Ocala. DuPont designed several St Petersburg buildings, the most noteworth being the Don ceSar Hotel. He did not design a lot, as he stayed small with only a few draftsmen - he did his own electrical and mechanical drawings.

The crenelated or rusticated concrete blocks are typical of the St Petersburg homes built between 1900 and 1915. Most are gray concrete color, so this pink-brown tone (brownstone) is unique to the area. It has some elements of the bungalow style (note the overhang on the roof and the exposed roof rafters, the wide front porch and large windows on the main level) and others of the Queen Anne (the hexagonal tower barely visible on the right). The gable ends have half-timber ornamentation.  This two story home is said to have 4,600 sq ft and does not have a garage.

In the late 1970s the house was going to be torn down so that retirement apartments could be built. Instead, it was purchased by Francis Pruitt and moved two blocks to its present location. It is one of very few single family homes left in downtown. It was leased to the Junior League, and later held general offices. It was purchased in 2006 by Blake Whitney Thompson, a local developer.

Sharon Simms, Real Estate Agent selling homes in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Gulf Beaches and the Tampa Bay area.

The roof appears to be slate tiles, but it's actually a GREEN roof - it's made of "rubber" tiles, actually a new material called Thermal Poly Olefine (TPO) from recycled polyethylene, polypropylene and EPDM rubber, and also has UV protection against our heavy sun. These roof tiles have a 50 year warranty, look like expensive roofing, but cost only slightly more than asphalt shingles.

The corner home is surrounded on two sides by the Huntington Townhomes, so it's unlikely it will ever be dwarfed by a highrise.

 

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Sharon Simms
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Coastal Properties Group
CHRISTIE'S International Real Estate
238 Beach Drive NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
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Rainer
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
Sharon, I'm glad someone took the steps to save this home! It's a fine looking building!
Apr 28, 2007 07:23 AM #1
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Danny, there were two other historic homes from the same period that were saved and moved by the University of South Florida St Petersburg to their campus. One is used for receptions so that a lot of people get to see and appreciate it.
Apr 28, 2007 07:47 AM #2
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
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Aha!  I am so glad you researched the architect....contagious, no?  Love how you described the materials, specifically the crenelated concrete blocks and also the green roof.  This house is definitely eclectic with all the different styles that you pointed out - but that's what makes Florida architecture what it is today.
Apr 28, 2007 08:38 AM #3
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

Ines, usually I don't like "mashups" of styles, but somehow this comes together as an attractive, appealing house. Perhaps the dark colors help.

I actually thought of buying this house in '05-'06 when it was on the market for $700,000. It's right in downtown, has historic value, and I thought would be a great graphic for my office. However, the interior layout just wouldn't work for offices, without destroying the integrity of the house (unless we wanted to just use the bedrooms upstairs, which I didn't), but most important, there wasn't enough parking. There was just a narrow concrete driveway that would hold two cars, one behind the other - not enough for four of us on the team, much less our customers. Also, I had concerns about the expense and appearance of making it handicapped accessible. Oh, well, I just admire it every day I drive by. 

Apr 28, 2007 08:45 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
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When putting an array of styles together, the materials usually pull the structure together - too bad the house did not work for you, because you can tell you really like the place.
Apr 28, 2007 09:33 AM #5
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
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Ines - fortunately, life is full of new opportunities.
Apr 28, 2007 10:53 AM #6
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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How nice that they save these beautiful pieces of work and don't just knock them down...or dwarf them with huge buildings all around.  And I have never heard of that roofing either, sounds interesting to look into.  Thank you for sharing this.
Apr 28, 2007 09:49 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Carole - I hope you're not going to tell us that that type of roof is bad feng shui.
Apr 29, 2007 12:38 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
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I'll tell you which type of roof is bad Feng Shui - the falling apart one that is moldy and lets water in....talk about bad energy!  : )
Apr 29, 2007 01:44 PM #9
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Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN
Nice home!  Glad to hear the home has a happy ending.  So many historic homes are lost due to neglect and someone having other ideas for the land. 
May 01, 2007 12:50 PM #10
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

Ines - couldn't be better said!

Cynthia - Me, too. I hate to see any home, but especially a beautiful and/or historic one left to deteriorate. 

May 01, 2007 04:07 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Thanks, Aaron.
May 04, 2007 08:39 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Jennifer Kirby
Kirby Fine Homes - Minneapolis, MN
The Luxury Agent
Sharon, it is nice when other people see the historic value of these old homes. So many times the easy way out is to just tear it down. I am glad someone stepped up to the plate to save it!
May 04, 2007 01:35 PM #14
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Phil
I saw this house when it was for sale. it is one my favorites in downtown St Pete. It looks like it has been leased to office space?
Feb 07, 2008 02:20 PM #15
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Phil - it appears to be rented by a CPA as her office. I looked at it when it was for sale as well, but there just wasn't adequate parking for a real estate team's operations and the interior layout wasn't conducive to our work pattern - nonetheless, I really like the feel of the building.
Feb 08, 2008 12:51 PM #16
Anonymous
you are dumb

this is the best building in town but you guys complain about the dumbest things

Nov 21, 2008 07:22 AM #17
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