|Hotel Charlotte Harbor, painted by Charles Peck|
I can hear some people asking now, "What mall?" Sadly, the mall -- along with the mural -- was destroyed by Hurricane Charley. In total, ten of the then 20 murals were destroyed by the storm. All but two have been recreated. The Hotel Charlotte Harbor is now memorialized on the walls of the Charlevoi Condos through two murals highlighting the hotel's history.
|Hotel Punta Gorda, painted by Charles Peck|
In 1925, Baron Collier purchased and revitalized the hotel, renaming it Hotel Charlotte Harbor. The $250,000 in renovations corrected the bathroom deficiency and added two floors, with the fourth floor used by Collier as a personal apartment and the fifth floor featuring a glassed-in ballroom. The hotel's glory days lasted only five years before the Depression took its toll. In 1956, the hotel was converted into a health spa that never operated in the black. It burned down in 1959 in a fire that could be seen for 25 miles.
|Our First Firehouse, painted by Skip Dyrda|
And if you really get the mural bug, check out the Florida Mural Trail. The trail was established a couple of years ago--thanks, in part, to Kelly's efforts--to celebrate this fun form of public art. To qualify for inclusion, a town only has to have a couple of murals, so be sure to check out the numbers before you hit the road. The more important criteria is an organization responsible for maintaining the art. Lake Placid, with 48 murals, is definitely on my list.
here. (Just scroll down a bit and you'll get to the interview.) She also talks about what's involved in the creation of a mural, from the funding to the painting.