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Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Anson P.K. Safford House

 
 
Anson P.K. Safford House Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 11, 2022
1. Anson P.K. Safford House Marker Side 1
Inscription.  
Side 1
Built in 1883, the Safford House is one of the oldest structures in Tarpon Springs. Anson P.K. Safford was appointed governor of Arizona by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1869 and reappointed in 1873. After leaving Arizona, Safford eventually moved to Florida and became a prominent land developer in Tarpon Springs. This house was originally a one-story dogtrot style, built with heart pine from a local sawmill. Safford later added a second story and a wraparound porch. He also added an observation tower for his young wife Soledad Bonillas Safford, sister Dr. Mary Jane Safford, and his children. Dr. Mary Jane Safford was one of the first female physicians to practice in Florida. As a young woman, she was a nurse during the Civil War, studied medicine in New York and Europe, practiced in Chicago, and taught at Boston University School of Medicine. She was active in the women's suffrage movement. She came to Tarpon Springs to live with her brother and his family. In 1891, Safford and his sister died of influenza. By 1900, Soledad sold the property and the house was relocated a block north from the corner of N. Spring Boulevard and
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Grand Boulevard to its present location.
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Side 2
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After the house was relocated in 1900, Soledad began using it as a boarding house that she called Villa Ansonia. A few years later, she subdivided the interior of the house into small apartments and renamed it The Miramar. At that time, the house was also stripped of its exterior Victorian trim, leaving a more simplified version with plain porch posts and without a balustrade. In addition, portions of the veranda were also enclosed to provide additional rooms. Soledad remained active in community affairs and was one of the founders of the local Woman's Club. She remarried twice, and maintained the house until her death in 1931. There were numerous owners of the house and several attempts were made to restore it during the mid-twentieth century. The Saford House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and in 1994, it was donated to the City of Tarpon Springs. With the help of grants from the Florida Division of Historic Resources and Save America's Treasures, it was restored to its original 1893 appearance.
 
Erected 2020 by The City of Tarpon Springs, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1134.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
Anson P.K. Safford House Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 11, 2022
2. Anson P.K. Safford House Marker Side 2
Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
 
Location. 28° 8.916′ N, 82° 45.582′ W. Marker is in Tarpon Springs, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on Parkin Court, 0.1 miles west of Grand Boulevard, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs FL 34689, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Craig Park War Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spring Bayou (approx. 0.2 miles away); Craig Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tarpon Springs War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Tarpon Springs Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); McAroy Drug Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meres Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vinson's Department Store (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tarpon Springs.
 
Also see . . .  Safford House Museum. (Submitted on June 18, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Anson P.K. Safford House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 11, 2022
3. Anson P.K. Safford House Marker
Anson P.K. Safford House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 11, 2022
4. Anson P.K. Safford House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 18, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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