Private Estate Opens Doors for Public Tours Highlighting Crosley History and Memorabilia
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 5, 2018) – For only the third time, the Crosley Estate Foundation will host an historical open house event at the Crosley Estate March 6-8, 2018. Guests are invited to tour the historic estate built in 1929 which served as the winter home of Powel Crosley, the American innovator who is most revered for bringing radio to the masses through the manufacturing of inexpensive radios during radio’s first defining decade. A variety of Crosley radios and memorabilia will be on display throughout.
“We are excited to once again open the estate doors to the public and celebrate the important role its owner played in our nation’s history and the contributions he made to the radio industry,” said Elliott Falcione, executive director for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which operates and maintains the Powel Crosley Estate on behalf of the ownership of Manatee County Government.
The Crosley Estate is located at 8374 North Tamiami Trail. The open houses will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all three days. Guided tours will take place every half hour. Reservations are not required and admission is free, though donations are appreciated. For more information please call (941) 722-3244.
Inducted in 2013, Crosley is one of 183 members in the National Radio Hall of Fame. By the time of his death in 1961, he had played a pivotal role in inventing, introducing and manufacturing a myriad of items, including:
- WLW Radio/Cincinnati – “The Nation’s Station” – which fed network programming to NBC and Mutual in the 1930’s, and used an unprecedented experimental 750,000-watt transmitter
- The first compact economy car
- The first auto radio
- The facsimile machine
- The 35mm camera
- Four airplanes
About the Powel Crosley Estate
Built in 1929 for Powel Crosley's wife, Gwendolyn. The Mediterranean Revival-style mansion, named "Seagate" is situated directly on the water features a circular tower and a carriage house in addition to the main building and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its architecture pays tribute to a bygone era, but the estate has the modern amenities that allow it to successfully host meetings, weddings, holiday parties and other events. For more information, visit www.PowelCrosleyEstate.com or call (941) 722-3244 to make an appointment to view the facility.
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