Valparaiso Inn

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Valparaiso Inn
Location 331 Bayshore Drive, Valparaiso, Florida
Area 4.3 acres (1.7 ha)
Built 1924
Architect Walker D. Willis
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revival
NRHP reference # 78000954[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 1, 1978
Removed from NRHP 1981

The Valparaiso Inn was built in 1924 on the shores of Boggy Bayou in Valparaiso, Florida, by developer James E. Plew. The three-story Spanish stucco structure was patterned after Chicago's famous Edgewater Beach Hotel. It had four wings angled to catch the breeze and provide a panoramic view of the bayou and Choctawhatchee Bay. It offered 56 guests rooms.[2]


Adverts in the local paper in 1939 stated "We Take this Opportunity to Remind You of the Excellent Facilities for Recreation Offered By Valparaiso Inn and Golf Course." The Inn was listed as being "Open All Year", and boasting "Fire Protection .. Sprinkler System", 60 modern rooms, swimming beach, and two tennis courts.

The nearby Valparaiso Country Club claimed "Beautiful Grass, Greens and Tees," 6350 Yards, 5 Water Holes, with fees of $1.00 per day.[3]

In June 1941, the Officers Club of Eglin Field made arrangements to take over the Valparaiso Inn, Valparaiso, Florida, as the "O Club".[4]

Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and many of the "Tokyo Raiders" were housed at the Inn while they trained at Eglin Field in March 1942.[2]

The Inn was sold by the Plew family in 1950. It continued to operate as hotel until 1957, when it was converted into an apartment complex.[2]

On March 2, 1977, a fire severely damaged the Inn and it remained vacant until fire completely destroyed it on October 25, 1980.[5]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fire Ends 56-Year Legend," Playground Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, October 26, 1980, p. 1D.
  3. ^ Display advert, Okaloosa News-Journal, Crestview, Florida, Friday 6 October 1939, Volume 25, Number 40, page 13.
  4. ^ Crestview, Florida, "Officers Take Over Valparaiso Inn", Okaloosa News-Journal, Friday, 6 June 1941, Volume 27, Number 22, page 1.
  5. ^ "Valparaiso Inn Razed by Fire," Playground Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, October 26, 1980, p. 1A.