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Sponge Exchange shopping complex

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Title

Sponge Exchange shopping complex

Subject

Tarpon Springs, Greek community, Sponge Exchange, tourism

Description

On the site of the old Sponge Exchange, a complex of boutique shops in a faux Cyclades Island architectural style opened on March 16, 1983. Several klouves on the north side of the Sponge Exchange were retained, originally intended for use by sponge fisherman. To highlight local heritage, the owners bought, restored, and displayed the historic sponge boat Apalachicola, which they renamed Aegean Isles. The boat was built in Apalachicola in the late 1920s by Nick Anargiou for Captain James Tsalichis of Tarpon Springs. It was later sold to Miltiadis Galanos in the 1940s, and briefly served as a rescue boat during World War II before returning to the sponge business.

Creator

Bob Westenhouse

Source

Tampa Tribune

Date

1983

Format

jpeg

Language

English

Type

photo

Files

1546127[1].jpg

Citation

Bob Westenhouse, “Sponge Exchange shopping complex,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed October 19, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/2977.