Now for a little HISTORY…
Extensive renovations and harbor dredging created a new look, a yacht basin and a large front lawn with a super-sized pool and tennis courts. Below is a picture of this grand lady c.1953. It continued to be open and closed throughout the years and was sold two more times.
At 2 am on the night of August 14, 1959, a local fisherman, returning to port, noticed the fire and sounded the alarm. Firefighters were called in from the surrounding areas and fought alongside Punta Gorda’s volunteer crew for five hours to keep the flames from spreading to the rest of downtown.
By morning this 71-year-old structure was reduced to ashes.
The Mural Society featured the Hotel Charlotte Harbor in its first mural painted 24 years ago in 1995 on the south side of the Punta Gorda Mall (seen below). In February 2004, it was torn down to make room for the new City Marketplace. We had started discussions with the developers to possibly replace the mural after redevelopment, then Hurricane Charley hit in August and the Marketplace didn’t happen.
In 2011, with support from the community, we finally recreated the Hotel Charlotte Harbor mural on the end wall of the Charlevoi Condominiums.
Want More History? See our History Classes listed below.
FUNDRAISING Has Begun
for the New Punta Gorda Charlotte Library Mural!
Our next mural will be on the arched wall facing Shreve Street on the new Punta Gorda Charlotte Library at 401 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda.
It will celebrate the 111-year history of the library in Punta Gorda.
Welcomed and Appreciated!