Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pensacola Oddities (11/2/2014)

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Lunch at Maguire's:
Can you believe this liverwurst sandwich?

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Beach Ball Water Tower (2005)
The unique houses in Pensacola Beach:
Dome of a Home (2002) at 1005 Ariola Drive;
designed by Bob Bissett; available for vacation rentals
Futuro Home (1968) at 1304 Panferio Drive;
manufactured by Finnish company Oy Polykem Ab
after design by architect Matti Suuronen
Back in Pensacola:
Graffiti Bridge (1888) painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Former Junior's Drive Thru Funeral Home
at 609 N Alcaniz Street
(viewing window added 1986),
now the Mission Anglican Church
The deceased was displayed in an open casket in the window to allow people to drive up for the viewing. (Junior's Funeral Home was owned by Willie Junior, one of the Escambia County Commissioners who was convicted on corruption charges, but he disappeared before sentencing.)

The Chappie James Memorial Plaza:
Birthplace of Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr at 1606 MLK Drive;
the first African-American to reach the rank of a four-star general;
listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000
General James was an Air Force Pilot and Tuskegee Airman
The steps of the first African-American school in Pensacola
that was founded by General James's mother
Granite Memorial for "Chappie" James
At the corner of N Davis Highway and E Jordan Street:
Crystal Ice House (1932) at 2024 N Davis Highway;
listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983
Crystal Ice House panel illustrates
the hand signals used to indicate how much ice you want