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The Historic Home of Daytona Beach Attorneys

Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 9:55AM


     We know we work in an historic structure thanks to the National Register of Historic Places plaque on the building.

     Still, it was nice to get a reminder from a friend who brought in a postcard recently that someone had actually used.  The postcard, dating from 1912, has a photo of the building and some adjacent bungalows.

     The postcard sender just wanted to let someone in St. Augustine know that he planned to stay in Daytona Beach a while longer. Tourists today can still relate to that message.

     But as Daytona Beach attorneys, we are also aware of a sad story associated with our office building.

     The building at 647 South Ridgewood Avenue is a California-style bungalow designed by Charles and Henry Greene. It was one of six houses built by Thomas A. Snider of Hamilton, Ohio, known as the Snider bungalows. Snider was the owner of tomato farms, the Snider Catsup Co. and orange groves in California. Snider, who was 52 at the time, built the house for his young, 26 year old bride, a marriage his family was not happy about. So he probably thought moving her to Florida was a good idea. Unfortunately, on the way to their new home, the Stutz Bearcat in which they were riding was struck by a train and they were killed.

     Obviously an auto-train accident presented a possible case for the Daytona Beach attorneys then practicing in our area. The Snider family was interested in learning who died first, to determine whether they, or her heirs, would inherit the property. We do know the property had gone through a succession of owners before we purchased it nearly 20 years ago.

       Despite its tragic history, our office building is a beautiful example of the bungalow style of Greene and Greene Architects. Built in 1905, it combines interior and exterior spaces to give occupants a feeling of being closer to nature. It has many different angles, giving it a distinctive look that is enhanced by multiple chimneys. Local materials were used as much as possible during construction, including the chimneys that are made of coquina from quarries near theTomoka River.

      Our offices at 647 South Ridgewood Avenue and the surrounding bungalows are an interesting reminder of Daytona’s glorious past.  We are proud to share in its tradition and history.

      If we can be of service to you or your family in any legal matter, please call on the Daytona Beach attorneys of Seitz & Tresher.


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