- The Cue House.
For three decades, Tampa has benefited from the bright, open minds of USF School of Architecture and Community Design students who have taken the city as their challenge. From pedestrian bridges arching over the river to green walls bounding transit systems, fresh ideas from these students have stimulated thinking about local design and development.
St. Petersburg has now rolled out the red carpet for USF SACD by picking up the $100,000 tab to rehab a 1,400-square-foot building in the historic Mirror Lake Park Shuffleboard Courts. This 1930s structure, called the Cue House, will provide studio space for graduate level community design research, thesis projects and design studios.
Since 1924, the Mirror Lake Park Shuffleboard Club has been a fixture of the community, surviving both the Depression and an ill-fated attempt to make it into a parking lot in the 1970s. Now boasting over 400 members, the Club offers a hip gathering spot for movies and bike outings in addition to the Friday-night games. This Saturday, February 28, the Tweed Ride will begin there.
Excellent matchmaking by Andrew Hayes — president of AIA Florida and a longtime champion of developing a St. Pete component of the USF program — along with St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman’s interest in community-building have resulted in a win-win partnership to locate the School’s first Urban Lab outreach program.
- The space will be used as an Urban Lab, and later converted into a snack bar.