Merritt Island, Florida
36.000 x 24.000 x 1.000 inches
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The Last Dawn
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
"The Last Dawn" is so named because this hotel was about to be torn down. I used to drive by every morning as I took my sons to the high school near to it. (Later on, I taught art at the same high school.) It was part of a lovely and peaceful drive along the River Road next to it. I loved to see the rising sun over it. Various birds, such as egrets, herons, storks, pelicans, and ibis lived in the vacinity, too. The coming and goings of the various boats added to the daily changes of the same view.
It was a Moorish style stuccoed building built here in the mid-1920s containing 57 guest rooms. An early owner was Ralph Laycock, who reopened it in 1934 after it had closed for some years during the real estate bust of the late 1920s. It was acquired in 1961 by Tony and Georgia Ninos, who restored it to much of its earlier charm.
Next to the hotel, on Oleander Point, was the Indian River Yacht Club. It had been formed during the 1880s. Oleander Point was a popular meeting place for early Indian River settlers, particularly for their May Day celebrations. Settlers would come from as far away as Jupiter Inlet (130 miles) for this event.
The annual May Day festivities held at Oleander Point provided several days of sporting, courting, and social events. One local resident reported that the May Day activities were “absolutely essential to the continued population growth of the Indian River area.” Isolated young people reveled in this opportunity to meet members of the opposite sex.
Oleander Point, now occupied by the Oleander Pointe condominiums, was a popular site for early baptisms in Cocoa. The Baptists and the African-Methodist Episcopal churches used the site for this purpose as late as the 1950's.
The Brevard Hotel re-opened in 1934 as a successor to the fine resort hotels along the Indian River. Under the direct supervision of the Laycock family, who owned it, the Brevard was located on Oleander Point. Built of poured concrete, the Meditteranean-style hotel was a temporary home to many important visitors, including Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. Its nearly 60 rooms porvided guests with a delightful view of the Indian River.
March 30th, 2013
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