Frank Hardy Made My Photographs Two

Another of the San Carlos Hotel …

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Someone gave me this photo of the old San Carlos Hotel sometime back and I just got around to cleaning it up recently.  My dad did not make this photo and I rarely post other people’s photo, but what makes this photo interesting is ?????  Can you guess ….  I will give you another couple of minutes.  No little Johnnie, this is not the best photo of the front of the San Carlos showing the Fiesta Lounge that I have, although that is a good guess.  No little Suzy, not because there is no wheel-chair access ramp at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  You are correct,  Cleroy ( that would be Leroy, but with a “C” … a Southern name ) this photo shows the Christmas decorations that the City of Pensacola used to put out back in the 1950’s.  In fact, I can remember these same decorations being used up into the 1980’s, maybe even the 1990’s.  How is that for some mileage?  I am sorry Cleroy, but my budget does not allow to give you a prize, but if you go down to  City Hall, I bet  Mayor Hayward and the City Council would dig around and they could probably find some of these decorations for your yard.  Good luck, Cleroy and thanks for looking … As usual,  all comments are appreciated.

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  1. Wallis Warfield Simpson met her first husband at a dance in the grand old Gray Lady, the San Carlos Hotel. That hotel’s demolition shows a profound lack of foresight and respect for Pensacola;a’s history on the part of those in power in Pensacola in the 1990’s. Now all we have to show for it is a leaky, shoddily constructed, inappropriately located courthouse with inadequate parking. So sad. Thanks for posting these lovely photographs.


    Rus Phelps

    September 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    • Thanks for the comment. I do not know if it would have been feasible to restore the old San Carlos … it had fallen into such a state of disrepair. And besides, downtown Pensacola in the late 1970’s and 1980’s was really run-down. Everyone had left downtown for the suburbs / malls and the whole area was depressing. So, it probably would have been hard to get investors to throw a large sum of money at the building to bring the San Carlos back to it’s once glamorous self. I have a photo of the building somewhere that I will find and post right before they tore it down to show how run-down it was. Thanks for the history and if you know of other things about the old hotel, please share it with us. That is the type of historical comments that I have been looking for, although I appreciate the ” strolls down memory-lane “. Thanks again and please check back again … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      September 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

      • A ’59 PHS classmate of mine is Linda Hinote. She said her father or grandfather ran the barber shop in the San Carlos. Bill Kreitlein


        Bill Kreitlein

        December 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

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