This property was my second Times Square home known as Park Place. One that I lived in for 2 yrs, it was originally known as the “Emerson Apts”. The property appraisers office shows the structure as having a 1910 construction date, the earliest mention I could find searching the Google newspaper archive was a reference to the opening dated Jan 13, 1917 in the Evening Independent.
The article shows an address of 500 instead of 305, I think the numbering system changed somewhere along the way.
Some of the previous owners revealed in the archive searches were
- Emerson Wood , I am going out on a ledge here and am surmising that he was the motivation for naming the building “The Emerson Apartments” ! He seemed to have many properties in St. Pete.
- Walter Carl, an owner in the 1920’s.
By the 1930’s the Emerson Apartments were listed in newspaper advertisements as one of the many places to live in the “Sunshine City” !