About The Ruskin History Project

"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence.
The only consequence is what we do."
- John Ruskin -
Coffee Cup restaurant: before

Not long ago in this early 1900's building, the Coffee Cup restaurant served as a gathering place in Ruskin, a place to share coffee, homemade pies and good fellowship.

Coffee Cup restaurant: After

Today all that remains of the Coffee Cup is a cleared bit of land, fond memories and a longing for what might have been, if only the building had been saved.

Another Ruskin building of community historical and cultural significance is the Ruskin Theatre. It sits empty, forlorn and threatened. It is located in the heart of Ruskin along the highway US 41 (Tamiami Trail). But is the Ruskin Theatre still in the hearts and memory of Ruskin residents?

The Ruskin History Project not only believes that historic Ruskin buildings should be saved for future generations, we believe that they CAN be saved.

Some historic Ruskin buildings are already in good hands and are well cared for. These include the Ruskin College President's Home, under the care of the Ruskin Women's Club, and the A. P. Dickman House now owned by Drs. Mac Miller & Melanie Hubbard.

At risk, are homes and buildings that have historic value, but have little value to the present owners other than the underlying dirt.

The Ruskin History Project welcomes your comments and contributions. If you have stories, written articles or have photos relating to the history of Ruskin, please share those with us. We are not asking to keep the originals, only to make copies of them to be shared by everyone.

The Ruskin History Project, Inc. is a Florida non-profit corporation.

Please contact us for more information:

Dr. A. (Mac) McA. Miller
813 695-2493

We are exploring ways that historic Ruskin buildings can be preserved, either at their present locations, or if need be, moved and preserved at a new location. As we all know, once a building has been approved for demolition, there is very little time to act to save it. We all need to be able to come together quickly when the time comes to act.

We encourage you to join our growing email list of concerned citizens to stay informed and to share what you know about Ruskin's historic buildings.

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Write to
The Ruskin History Project
P.O. Box 879
Ruskin, Florida 33575-0879

Book sales benefit the Ruskin History Project

Seven Lamps
of Architecture

A Socialist

John Ruskin's
Urban Vision

The Genius of
John Ruskin




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