Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law (HM1AFI)

Location: Gulfport, FL 33707 Pinellas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 45.419', W 82° 43.092'

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Florida's First Law School

Built as the Hotel Rolyat in 1925, these Mediterranean Revival buildings originally were designed by Paul Reed of the Miami architectural firm of Kiehnel & Elliot for developer Jack Taylor. In 1929, after the collapse of the Florida land boom, the hotel was purchased by the Mendels brothers from New York. They operated the hotel until 1932, when they purchased the Florida Military Academy and relocated it to the site. Dr. John Forbes, the first President of Stetson University, recognized a need for a law school, and in 1900, Stetson University opened Florida's first law school in DeLand. When the College of Law needed larger facilities in a metropolitan area, Stetson University purchased this property in 1953 and relocated the law school to Gulfport. Classes began on this site on September 20, 1954.
Marker NumberF-511
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Stetson University College of Law and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 10:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 330670 N 3071465
Decimal Degrees27.75698333, -82.71820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 45.419', W 82° 43.092'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 45' 25.14" N, 82° 43' 5.52" W
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Area Code(s)727
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1401-1435 61st St S, Gulfport FL 33707, US
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