The home, built in 1915, is of the distinct Florida vernacular bungalow style of that time period.
This historic residence was originally located at 801 S. Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater. This historic structure was the home of Alfred Cleveland and Amber Clark Turner and remained in the family throughout its history. The last resident of the home was their daughter, Geraldine Clark Turner.
Geraldine “Jere” Turner bequeathed her family home to Pinellas County, along with $100,000 in moving costs and the contents of the 1915 bungalow. Thousands of objects and archival materials spanning 100 years of family history were discovered in the house, most in excellent condition. These included toys and games, glassware and china, personal accessories, pottery, clothing, furniture, artwork and items from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. See many of these objects on display in the Ralph Reed Gallery in the Visitor Center!
The home was relocated from downtown Clearwater to Heritage Village in January 2014 to save it from demolition after her death.
Here it would be protected from further deterioration and restored to preserve the historic value of the structure, providing Pinellas County residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy and learn from this important piece of Clearwater’s history and of the history of Florida Vernacular architecture.
Heritage Village is seeking donations to restore and preserve the historic value of the structure, providing visitors the opportunity to enjoy and learn from this important piece of Clearwater’s history and the history of Florida vernacular architecture.
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