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Site of Hotel Punta Gorda

 
 
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By Paul F, June 17, 2010
1. Site of Hotel Punta Gorda Marker
Inscription. Hotel Punta Gorda, one the first buildings of any kind constructed in Punta Gorda, opened in January 1888 and served over 3300 guests within its first season. The three story building contained 150 rooms, all with a view of the waters of Charlotte Harbor. The hotel, built in the Queen Anne style, included clapboard siding, multi-paned windows, round conical roofed towers, and a hipped roof. Although located in a then remote part of Florida, the hotel had such modern conveniences as gas lighting, electric bells, steam heat and open fireplaces. Roses draped over the railings of the extensive veranda, and the grounds were landscaped with camphor trees and palms. The hotel attracted a clientele of wealthy and notable guests from around the world: Thomas Edison, John Wanamaker, W.K. Vanderbilt, the Samuel Colt family and others. There was a period when the hotel declined, ownership changed and in 1924 was acquired by Barron Collier. He changed the name to the Hotel Charlotte Harbor, remodeled the hotel and expanded the grounds. He stuccoed the exterior, added a fourth floor ballroom and arches to the porch, giving the hotel elements of the Spanish Eclectic style. He added new tennis courts, a boat basin and a 176 by 80 foot swimming pool. The hotel flourished again with many famous guests, but after some hard times it was destroyed by fire
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By Paul F, June 17, 2010
2. Site of Hotel Punta Gorda Marker
North side of marker
in August 1959.
 
Erected 2008 by Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Location. 26° 56.121′ N, 82° 3.068′ W. Marker is in Punta Gorda, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker is at the intersection of W Marion Ave and Taylor St, on the right when traveling west on W Marion Ave. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Punta Gorda FL 33950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hickory Bluff Pioneers (approx. 1.6 miles away); Charlotte Harbor Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Juan Ponce de Leon (approx. 3.3 miles away); First White Man Dies in America (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fort Ogden (approx. 11.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Site of Hotel Punta Gorda. Subject property is now a vacant lot and small parking lot.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Places
 
Site of Hotel Punta Gorda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 17, 2010
3. Site of Hotel Punta Gorda Marker
South side of marker
Site of Hotel Punta Gorda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 17, 2010
4. Site of Hotel Punta Gorda Marker
vacant lot and parking lot
 
 
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