Main Street Fort Pierce Projects

Projects and Accomplishments

Platts/Backus House

  • Built in 1895 by Dr. Clyde Platts, first physician to practice in Fort Pierce
  • Local artist A.E. Backus purchased the home in 1960
  • Main Street purchased the house 2005
  • Restoration completed in 2007 and is now the offices of Main Street Fort Pierce
  • Received over $400,000 in grants

Sunrise Theatre

  • Built by Pop Koblegard as a vaudeville theatre in 1923
  • In the 1940’s it was converted to a silent movie vaudeville house
  • Main Street purchased the building and began renovation in 1997 then in1999 purchased the entire property
  • Reopened in January 2006 with a stellar performance by Dionne Warwick
  • Main Street Fort Pierce donated the Theatre to the City who has now taken over the daily operations
  • The project received over $2.7 million in state grants, $8 million in government funds, and over $2 million in private donations

Historic City Hall

  • The original Fort Pierce City Hall was built in 1925 and used until 1983
  • In 1995 the building was renovated by Main Street Fort Pierce/St. Lucie Preservation
  • Historic City Hall is owned by the City of Fort Pierce and operated by Main Street Fort Pierce
  • The project was funded with grants through the Bureau of Historic Preservation and matching funds totaling over $480,000

Manatee Observation and Education Center

  • Main Street managed the Florida Inland Navigation District for the City of Fort Pierce and raised $150,000 in private donations
  • The Center is operated by the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority and sees over 75,000 visitors per year
  • The value of this project was over $350,000

Saint Lucie County Library

  • Main Street worked with St. Lucie County to achieve a library grant for the construction of a $2,500,000 library in downtown Fort Pierce
  • The library reopened in July 1999 with state-of-the art technology
  • This is a result of the Master Plan implemented by Main Street

Downtown Murals

  • Main Street organized the St. Lucie Mural Society to create murals in historic downtown Fort Pierce

Other Accomplishments

  • Sponsored a charrette in 1995 for a “Master Plan” for Historic Downtown Fort Pierce
  • Obtained state Main Street grant for 15 matching facade projects amounting to over $10,000
  • Worked with the City of Fort Pierce to obtain a grant for the restoration of the North Second Street historic bridge known as “Tickle Tummy Hill” from Department of Transportation valued at $150,000