Rising 7 floors high above our Downtown Bradenton, is the historic Manatee River hotel, known as The Pink Palace, a hotel built in 1926 that has been a local landmark since before I was born.
CLICK HERE if you want to see the cups they used
Enlarge photo to see the details around the windows. This 115 room hotel hosted prohibition -era drinking parties, proms and some think Al Capone visited there. Info from Herald Tribune
This landmark pink building at 7 floors is one of our tallest buildings and can be seen from all over the city. no sky scrapers here.
It's most recent use was as Riverpark Senior Residence. The residents in this building had been there for many, many years and were forced to move out of their low income housing when THEY decided to turn it into condos for sale.
Condo's never happened, twice they started to remodel and ran out of money. The latest is in 2013 it will become a Hampton Inn. I am not holding my breathe. It has sat there deteriorating while negotiations with the city have lingered on. Now the city will pay them 1 million and the federal govt will pay 2.5 million to give them incentive to turn it into a hotel.
Above the Palace is reflected in the Bank Building across the street and below the South Florida Museum is reflected in the windows.
MadSnapper Trivia..... when I was a child/teen, we would walk around the block from this building to Fosters Drug Store, which had an ice cream soda fountain in it.
In the 50's we would walk from the Palace Theater around the corner for sodas after a movie. In the 60's they closed the soda fountain and it was a drug store.
Fosters drug store closed it's doors a few weeks ago. CLICK HERE FOR info and pictures
The last reflection with the green roof, is our Chamber of Commerce building.
Join the fun at Friday My Town Shootout- Historic