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

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 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.
 
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Stetson University College of Law Marker at entrance image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 17, 2013
2. Stetson University College of Law Marker at entrance
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Bartholomew's Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Panfilo de Narvaez (approx. 3 miles away); Lynching of John Evans (approx. 4.5 miles away but has been reported missing); St. Paul Catholic Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); PASS~A~GRILLE (approx. 4.9 miles away); S. H. Kress and Co. Building (approx. 4.9 miles away); St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); First Settlement and Post Office (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Education
 
Stetson University College of Law image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 17, 2013
3. Stetson University College of Law
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 35 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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