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Rheba Sutton White Chapel

 
 
Rheba Sutton White Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 17, 2019
1. Rheba Sutton White Chapel Marker
Inscription.  The Florida Methodist Conference College, now Florida Southern College, relocated its campus to present-day Palm Harbor in 1902 after purchasing the San Marino Hotel, located at Florida Avenue and Omaha Street. In 1904, the college built an administration building adjacent to the hotel, which included a 700-seat chapel used for religious services. A devastating fire destroyed the main school and administration buildings in 1921. Volunteers hauled the hand-made bricks from the ruins of the administration building to this site, where they were cleaned by hand. Using those salvaged bricks, the first Palm Harbor United Methodist Church was built in 1924. The bell in the church steeple was also rescued from the college. In the 1970s, the Methodists built a larger sanctuary in Palm Harbor, but the former church building continued to serve the community, becoming its first library and later a community food pantry. Pinellas County purchased the property in 1999, restored the church, and built the adjacent Harbor Hall. In 2005, this historic building was rededicated to Rheba Sutton, a life-long Palm Harbor resident who twice fought to stop demolition
Rheba Sutton White Chapel Marker looking east toward chapel image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 17, 2019
2. Rheba Sutton White Chapel Marker looking east toward chapel
of the chapel.
 
Erected 2018 by Pinellas County Historic Preservation Board and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1012.)
 
Location. 28° 4.624′ N, 82° 45.923′ W. Marker is in Palm Harbor, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on Georgia Avenue east of 11th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1190 Georgia Avenue, Palm Harbor FL 34683, 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. Ozona Village Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of the Blue Heron Hotel and Faith Mission (approx. 1.4 miles away); Gulf Shore Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Oasis Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Dunedin Isles Golf Club (approx. 2 miles away); Training Area of the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibian Tractor (Alligator) (approx. 2.7 miles away); Historic Andrews Memorial Chapel (approx. 3.2 miles away); Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley (approx. 4.2 miles away).
 
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Rheba Sutton White Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 17, 2019
3. Rheba Sutton White Chapel
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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