Show Your Favorite Historic Buildings Some Love This Valentine’s Day
Three Organizations Sponsoring Heart Bombing Throughout City

Contact: Harry Klinkhamer, Historical Resources Manager, City of Venice, 941-486-2490.

This February the City of Venice Division of Historical Resources, Venice MainStreet, and Venice Heritage Inc. are encouraging the community and, in particular, historic property owners to heart bomb historic buildings throughout the City. Heart bombing is a program started by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to provide awareness and support to those buildings a community deems important to its historic fabric. It consists of adorning buildings with handmade paper hearts that have messages of love and support for those places. It doesn’t matter if they are pristine, a little run down, or threatened with loss. All historic buildings would appreciate the attention. People should also feel inspired to stand with hearts in front of buildings for a photo opportunity.

Venice Main Street and Historical Resources are supporting three downtown historic buildings. The public is invited to heart making stations to create their messages in support/love of historic buildings. On Miami Avenue create your heart bomb for the Burgundy Square building at the stores Gulf Soles and Nest. On Venice Avenue, create your heart at Venice Wine and Coffee Company for the Johnson-Schoolcraft Building, and on Tampa Avenue create your heart bomb at Tri-Healthy and Compass Property Management to show your support of historic preservation of the KMI/San Marco Building. Starting the beginning of February the public is invited to create hearts at these buildings. The hearts will be collected and put up by volunteers on February 11 when you can take photos with them throughout the weekend and on Valentine’s Day. Venice Heritage and Historical Resources encourage owners of historic homes to spread the love on their properties. Remember, any place over fifty years old is worth showing some love to. Place hearts where people can see them. Gather your friends and neighbors for some group photos around your homes.

Post your photos on social media so everyone can see which places we love the most. Be sure to tag them with #IHeartSavingPlaces and #HeartBombVeniceFL. Share them on the Facebook pages of Venice Main Street, Venice Heritage, and Venice Museum & Archives. We look forward to seeing the love of our history displayed throughout Venice this Valentine’s Day!