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Spring 3-1978


The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg was built in 1925. The building was constructed in the Mediterranean Revival design complete with cypress-beamed ceilings and handmade tile work. The hotel also has its own private marina known as the Vinoy Marina. The Vinoy has gone through many phases in its history. In early 1940’s, during World War II, it was converted into a training facility for the Army Air Corps, in the 1970’s the hotel fell on hard times and was in a state of disrepair and became a haven for vagrants. It wasn’t until 1992 that a 93 million dollar restoration project restored and expanded the Vinoy into what it is today.


(Accessed on 11 May 2012)

(Accessed on 11 May 2012)


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


Historic buildings, historic hotels, Renaissance Vinoy Resort, Mediterranean Revival design, architecture American, abandoned, vagrancy