Gone Era...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Market reports, listings… Market reports, listing...  how boring… I am looking at The Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, and I ponder about its past...

I remember a few years ago my Moscow friend from school and college years sent me a photo of Hotel Clarendon on one Sunday in 1904. Beach, people, horse carriages...

I was looking at the photo, and it was a very strange feeling… Not only that life was here before us, but that it could be as good if not better that our lives today. How active these people actually were.

At that time it was not Daytona Beach, this was a small town called Seabreeze. Now only the name of the street – Seabreeze Blvd., Seabreeze High School, and Seabreeze Bridge remind us of that era.

Hotel Clarendon

Air aerobics in front of Hotel Clarendon in the early 1900s.

This street between the Halifax River and the ocean with Hotel Clarendon standing right on the beach was full of life. Hotels, restaurants, shops, a Playhouse… It was packed with locals and tourists. It most probably was much busier than it is today…

Hotel Clarendon opened its doors in 1895. It had a casino, stables for horses and carriages, grand porches facing the ocean… It was one of the nicest places in the area, very popular... And then in February of 1909 it perished in the fire.

Hotel Clarendon was rebuilt and opened its doors again on the New Year's day in 1911 as a 7-story hotel featuring Turkish bath, hair salon, an 18-hole golf course…

Couple of months later the management hired a pilot to perform flying exhibitions on the beach. The first woman to pilot a plane in Florida - Ruth Bancroft Law - was also the first woman in the world to loop an airplane and she did it right in front of Hotel Clarendon. Yes, cars were not the only thing worth visiting on the beach.

Then there was the war, then new owners, new names…

Today this is The Plaza Resort & Spa. A premier condo-hotel in Daytona Beach, fighting for its place under the son in the shadow of its former glory…

It is interesting to look back. Yes, they did not have TV, computers, they did not have cars, but they lived full lives, they were happy in their own way. It was the time before we bit the apple of the area of technology.

The Plaza Resort & Spa

The Plaza Resort & Spa today.

First published on my personal website.

Old Image by Wikimedia commons
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I am fascinated with the history of buildings and towns as well.  Their lives must have been full of more real interactions without all of our technological substitutes!  Kathy

Jul 24, 2016 05:14 AM #1
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Jon- you have put into words what I feel when I look at old photos as well. I wonder if the people then were happy. And I wonder what it was like to live in "those days.

Jul 24, 2016 05:36 AM #2
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Kathy Schowe - it is strange that people often are indifferent to the surroundings. I remember asking residents living in a building for 15-20 years who was the person that the street was named after, and they shrugged their shoulders. They never even thought about it. As if their permanent residence is on the moon, not here...

Jul 24, 2016 06:09 AM #3
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Kathy Streib - I believe they were. I am sure people 100 years from now would think the same way about us.

When I was a kid, in summer my mom would send me to my aunt on the Black Sea. Shr was renting her few room to vacationers, and there were 10-11 people in the house.

In the evening would would all gather at a table in the front yard under a hanging single bulb with miriad of insects flying around the light, and we were sitting and talking and we were happy. No TV, no computers, no nothing but a basket of local grapes...

Life was great...

We live now and here, and we struggle and enjoy life at the same time. Whether it is the cave era, or the 21st century. Funny, but when we think of the past, we always think that they were happy they did not know something that we know. For us it is this terror that people in the 50s did not know. For people living in the 50s it is the WWII with all the destruction and death that people of the pre-war era did not know...

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Jon, To each era its own pros and cons.  Technology is both bane and benefit, all in how it is used.

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This is so cool and you did such a nice job explaining the history.  It is a beautiful place now and was back then as well.  Thanks for sharing!

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Hi Jon - That's a fascinating look back at some interesting times - the photo evokes a lifestyle I only know from my grandparents' stories, but it's obvious that we lost a few things to progress.

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Liz and Bill Spear - it is. With each generatin we are getting something... and we are losing something...

Oh, well

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Brenda J. Andrew - thank you, Brenda

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Dick Greenberg - I was not even born in this country, and I feel a bit nostalgic when I look at these old photos

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