The boxy little building situated at the corner of 4th Street South and 24th Avenue is nothing much. It’s next door to the Harbordale YMCA, and across the street are well-manicured private homes, alongside the 14-unit St. Pete Garden Apartments. It’s a typical South Side neighborhood, and the bare brick-and-stucco structure with a canopy overhang looks for all the world like it just doesn’t belong there.
It is, however, more than an anachronism, and more than some blemish that needs washing away. It is part of St. Petersburg history.
“Writing about music,” goes the famous saying, “is like dancing about architecture.” The idea is that music, intangible and interpretive, cannot be reduced to mere words. It’s really a dismissal of music criticism – i.e., what’s the point? – but the reference to dance, which is just as wily, free and fluid as music, can’t be ignored.