DroneVU Studios went on location to create aerial footage of the Don Cesar hotel. Known as Florida’s “Pink Palace,” the Loews Don CeSar Hotel, facing the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, was built in 1928 to resemble a Mediterranean-style castle; located on St. Pete Beach.
In 1924, Thomas Rowe purchased 80 acresof land in St. Petersburg, Florida for $100,000 to begin his dream of building a “pink castle”. He hired Indianapolis architect Henry Dupont to design the hotel and Carlton Beard as contractor. To ensure the stability of the hotel on the shifting sand and avoid the high cost of sinking so many pilings, Beard devised a floating concrete pad and pyramid footings. To this day there is no sign of evident settling of the hotel. The architecture is a blend of Mediterranean and Moorish styles modeled after different hotels and developments that Rowe and Beard saw in Palm Beach, Coral Gables and Boca Raton. Arched openings, red clay tile roofs, balconies, stucco over hollow tile and tower like upper stories were some of the elements that they borrowed. The original design called for a $450,000 six-story hotel with 110 rooms and baths. It was later expanded to 220 rooms and 220 baths and the costs soared to $1.25 million, 300% over budget. Rowe named it Don Ce-Sar after Don CĂ©sar de Bazan, the hero of William Vincent Wallace’s opera Maritana.
We went on location and captured some great aerial footage of what is undoubtedly the most well known strip of real estate in Saint Petersburg Florida.
The Don Cesar hotel is also a popular wedding destination and recently hosted the 2015 Bridal Show. We were on site with Elegant Weddings by Deborah to film the hotel from the air.
Check out the aerial pictures of the Don Cesar hotel by clicking the following link or the picture above.
Check out some interior pictures ofÂ the Don Cesar and Elegant Weddings by Deborah’s setup of their wedding booth.