Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 020516 Contents THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
From page 2
Blocks Add Style
get the Lee County
Courthouse built is legendary
(ordering the demolition of the
1894 one!), and it is now one
of the architectural jewels of
Travel a couple of blocks
west to Lee Street to the
Presbyterian Church grounds
to see fencing similar to that
of the Royal Palm Hotel.
Until the 1990s, the large
parking lot was occupied
by the historic Gardner-
Kelley house, bordered by
concrete block fencing. In
the 1940s, the house had
been repositioned near the
southeast corner of Second
and Lee streets facing Lee.
When the church
demolished that circa-1884
house, it was thought to be
the oldest residence in Fort Myers.
The portion of the historic fence that once ran along Second was destroyed
a few years ago. However, the fence running along Lee remains, as do the two
historic concrete double-sided stone benches beneath the old live oak tree.
Perhaps the best-preserved example of this fence style is one more block west
at Second and Jackson. The low fence surrounding the 1911 Gwynne Institute is
painted deep red to match the building’s bricks. “Rooftop”-style blocks cap it, and
running along the top is a substantial handrail at a handy height for young school
Explore downtown and look for more of these interesting building blocks
that helped to modernize downtown and make the transition from wood-frame
Then stroll over to the Southwest Florida Museum of History at 2031 Jackson
Street to see exhibits that take you back to early Fort Myers.
call 321-7430 or go to
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5
p.m ., Tuesday through Saturday.
Continue your exploration of
local history at the Southwest
Florida Historical Society’s
research center, where you can
learn more about the buildings
with the rusticated fences: the
Gardner-Kelley house, Gwynne
Institute and Royal Palm Hotel.
The all-volunteer non-
profit organization is at 10091
McGregor Boulevard on the
campus of the Lee County
Alliance for the Arts.
The center is open Wednesday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon and
Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m . Call 939-4044 or visit swflhistoricalsociety.org for more
Sources: The archives of the Southwest Florida Historical Society, On the Block
by Nigel Isaacs, and oldhouseweb.com.
The concrete fence at the 1911 Gwynne Institute at
Second and Jackson was constructed soon after the
building was finished
This historic fence along Second Street on the Presbyte-
rian Church property, pictured in 2008, was demolished
several years ago
photos by Gerri Reaves
Meet Finalists For
The Fort Myers City Council, at a
special meeting held on Monday,
January 25, unanimously voted to
interview six applicants for the position
of city manager.
The public is invited to attend a
reception to meet the finalists on
Monday, February 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.
on the second floor of the City Pier,
1300 Hendry Street, in downtown Fort
For more information, contact Matt
Johnson, interim assistant city manager,
at email@example.com or at
On Friday, February 5, the
Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
at 7:30 a.m. Guests may choose
between a fried fish/shrimp/crab cakes/
New England clam chowder dinner
or baked chicken dinner. Harry Boyle
plays from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
On Saturday, February 6, the pool
league plays at 1 p.m. Queen of Hearts
starts at 7 p.m. Choose either a prime
rib or a baked fish dinner. Harry Boyle
plays from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
On Sunday, February 7, a breakfast
buffet is served from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Bingo runs from noon to 3 p.m.
Karaoke with Mike Russell is held from
On Monday, February 8, the pool
league plays at 6 p.m. A pot roast
dinner will be served.
On Tuesday, February 9, choose
from fettuccine alfredo with 25 shrimp
or a fried chicken dinner. Mega-Money
is at 6:30 p.m . The Gregg Allan Van
Show plays from 7 to 10 p.m.
On Wednesday, February 10, the
SAL meeting begins at 5:30 p.m . Bingo
is played from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
On Thursday, February 11, SAL
baby back ribs dinner will be served.
The Classics play from 6 to 9 p.m .
Dinner is served nightly from 5 to 7
The American Legion Melvin Cowart
Post 274 is located at 899 Buttonwood
Drive in Fort Myers Beach. For more
information, call 463-6591.
From page 3
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery was
founded as The Gallery of Fine Art in
1979 on the Lee County campus of
Florida SouthWestern State College
(then Edison Community College). On
June 4, 2004, the Gallery of Fine Art
was renamed the Bob Rauschenberg
Gallery to honor and commemorate
its long association and friendship
with the artist. Over more than three
decades until his death, the Gallery
worked closely with Rauschenberg to
present world premiere exhibitions
including multiple installations of the
1⁄4 Mile Or Two Furlong Piece. The
artist insisted on naming the space the
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (versus the
Robert Rauschenberg Gallery) as it was
consistent with the intimate, informal
relationship he maintained with both
the local Southwest Florida community
This event is open to the public, free
of charge. This project is sponsored
in part by the Department of State,
Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida
Council of Arts and Culture and the
State of Florida, with additional support
from Chico’s International.
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m to 4
p.m. Monday through Friday and from
11 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
The gallery is closed Sundays and
holidays, as well as during FSW’s spring
break from March 7 to 13.
For more information, call 489-9313
or visit www.RauschenbergGallery.com.
Tom Hall is both an amateur artist
and aspiring novelist who writes art
quest thrillers. He is in the final stages
of completing his debut novel titled
Art Detective. A former tax attorney,
he lives in Estero with his fiancé and
their four cats.
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