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Stetson University College of Law

Florida's First Law School

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, August 17, 2013
1. Stetson University College of Law Marker
Inscription.  Built as the Hotel Rolyat in 1925, these Mediterranean Revival buildings originally were designed by Paul Reed of the Miami architectural firm of Kiehnel & Elliot for developer Jack Taylor. In 1929, after the collapse of the Florida land boom, the hotel was purchased by the Mendels brothers from New York. They operated the hotel until 1932, when they purchased the Florida Military Academy and relocated it to the site. Dr. John Forbes, the first President of Stetson University, recognized a need for a law school, and in 1900, Stetson University opened Florida's first law school in DeLand. When the College of Law needed larger facilities in a metropolitan area, Stetson University purchased this property in 1953 and relocated the law school to Gulfport. Classes began on this site on September 20, 1954.
 
Erected 2004 by The Stetson University College of Law and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-511.)
 
Location. 27° 45.419′ N, 82° 43.092′ W. Marker is in Gulfport, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker
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By Tim Fillmon, August 17, 2013
2. Stetson University College of Law Marker at entrance
is at the intersection of 61st Street South and 13th Avenue South, on the left when traveling north on 61st Street South. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 61st Street South, Saint Petersburg FL 33707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Al Lang Memorial Stadium for Little League Baseball (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Rattlesnake Curve (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gulfport Casino (approx. 1 miles away); St. Bartholomew's Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Panfilo de Narvaez (approx. 3 miles away); First Mass in Florida (approx. 3.1 miles away); St. Paul Catholic Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); "Pass-A-Grille" (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gulfport.
 
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By Tim Fillmon, August 17, 2013
3. Stetson University College of Law
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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