As the city of St. Petersburg anticipates the upcoming announcement of the winning Pier design, there is still time to visit the colorful inverted pyramid that has become a landmark attraction for locals and tourists alike.
The current design was created by St. Petersburg architect William B. Harvard Sr., founder of Harvard Jolly Architecture, in 1973. In dire need of repair, the city voted in 2010 to build a new structure in its place. But this is not the first time the Pier has experienced a rebirth. The Pier has actually endured five transformations since it was first constructed in 1889. From private funding to public voting to hurricane destruction, the Pier has managed to reincarnate itself time and time again. Although the architecture has changed, the Pier’s iconic status remains steadfast. Construction is slated for 2013-2014.
Photos by Aimee Alexander