Home of the F.C. Brent family
The Blount and Brent buildings - looking down Palafox Street with the 7-story Blount Building on the corner of Palafox and Garden Street and the Brent Building behind the Blount Building, about 1907 - 1910. These two buildings were part of what was known as the Brent Block. The block bordered by Palafox, Garden, Baylen and Romana Streets was developed by F.C. Brent, who, along with his brothers, Danny Gonzalez Brent and Robert William Brent, managed, over several years, to acquire the separate pieces of property that made up the block, although F.C. Brent was the purchaser of most of the properties. The purchases took place between 1874 and 1905. The brothers were involved in the banking and lumber business. William A. Blount Sr. was a lawyer and he had his offices in the Blount Building.
The San Carlos Hotel, on the corner of Palafox and Garden Streets, across from the Blount Building. This photo, looking north down Palafox Street, was taken on 3 September 1911. The caption says, "the start." This referred to the beginning of an automobile trip by Dr. S.R. Mallory Kennedy, F.C. "Tino" Brent, the son of F.C. Brent, A.M. Avery Jr. and Frank L. Mayes, the owner and editor of the Pensacola Journal, which would take them from Pensacola to Chicago, Illinois, on an 1149-mile "pathfinding" trip. The purpose of the trip, among other things, was to publicize Pensacola as a tourist destination. Two more photos of the car and travelers are below.
The Speedwell automobile which was headed to Chicago with three of the men aboard. Tino Brent, son of F.C. Brent, is sitting in the back. The Speedwell automobile was produced from 1907 to 1915 in Dayton, Ohio.
The Speedwell with two of the group heading to Chicago from Pensacola in 1911.
The San Carlos Hotel, built in Pensacola in 1910. The hotel was on the corner of Garden and Palafox Streets, across from the Blount Building. If the photograph continued on the left, the Blount Building would be in the picture. The business at the far left reads Chas. A. Born, Plumber on the sign between the two upper windows. This building was next to the Blount Building.
Looking down Palafox Street, undated photo.
Francis Celestino Brent
Children of F.C. Brent and Mary Ella Shuttleworth
Thomas William Brent, father of F.C. Brent
Photographs from old albums passed down in the family.
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