IRB Home Tour Celebrates City's Architectural Heritage
Photos/text by SANDI FAHY
(from left) Eleanor Cooke, Don Cooke and Susan Bennett of Largo take time to pose for a photo by the charming entrance to "The Old Professor's House" at 1903 Bay Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach on March 28. The 1955 waterside cottage, now owned by Ginny and Dick McKenna, was one of 11 residences featured in this year's Homes Tour of Historic Indian Rocks Beach. The name of the professor who inspired its name is unknown. The McKennas have kept the original part of the house intact and have enhanced its original features with 1950s decor. Among the other homes on the tour were the Garcia/Williams House (one of the oldest in the city, constructed in 1920) at 16 Gulf Blvd.; Tricia's Hacienda (1957 block-style home) at 342 La Hacienda Dr., Alea Home (1967 ranch-style house) at 469 20th Ave. and Johnston Cottage (built in 1958) at 2110 1st St. The tour was sponsored by the Indian Rocks Beach Historical Society.
Ginny McKenna, shown above with her dog, Luna, 2, was on hand to welcome visitors to "The Old Professor's House" during last week's Home Tour of Historic Indian Rocks Beach. Ginny and her husband, Dick, bought the 1955 cottage in 1991. One of its unique features is the lovely Dade County knotty pine paneling found throughout the original house, where a 1950s theme prevails. On the wall at back are a pair of water skis which once belonged to three-time national water skiing champion Dick Pope, Jr., founder of Cypress Gardens.
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