Treasure Island Redux

Trea­sure Island, Florida and its envi­rons is one of the best hotbeds of mid-century mod­ern archi­tec­ture in America—right on the Gulf of Mex­ico, about a mile from Jack Kerouac’s last home, was an exam­ple of every major archi­tec­tural style and trend from America’s high point.

In an effort to bring aware­ness to what they had, years ago I got Trea­sure Island on the front page of The New York Times. They didn’t get it then, even as the national spot­light was thrown upon them.

I’ve been mak­ing some trips down there to doc­u­ment what’s left, and I’ve become hap­pily sur­prised by some­thing else: there’s new inter­est and hope in his­toric preser­va­tion. Now that mid-century mod­ern is so hot, this might be a very good year for the city.

Tropic Terrace

The Sands