Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Ponce Inlet finally hangs historic label on home
By TAYLOR ASHLEY
PONCE INLET — History continunes to stand tall beneath the beacon of the lighthouse as 143 Beach St., the former homeof the last civilian lighthouse keeper, is dedicated by Town Council as a historic landmark.
The ordinance to grant the Meyer-Davis House, the Hasty Cottage/Post Office, and the property on which they stand, as a historical landmark was passed on second reading at a special meeting Wednesday.
The nonprofit Davis House Historic Preservation Inc. submitted the application for the historic designation.
The Town’s Historic Preservation and Archaeological Preservation Board recommended approval of all three applications with a 4-0 vote Dec. 5.
The house is believed to have been built in the mid-1920s by Redwood Wharton as a duplex rental for fisherman.
The house was later converted into a single-family dwelling and occupied by the principal keeper of the lighthouse, Edward Lockwood Meyer, and his family in 1941.
Meyer’s daughter, Gladys Meyer Davis, continued to live in the house after marrying her husband Earl.
Citing flooding problems as the cause, the Davises sold the house and property to Ponce Inlet in 2003.
Town documents show that the cottage once served as a post office for several years in the 1940s, and that Edward Meyer’s wife Ellen was postmistress.
Beginning in summer, the group plans to use grant money and donations to restore the buildings to their original configuration and use them as a welcome center and museum.