about 1924

Built in 1913 at a cost of $125,000 by twin brothers A.B. and D.B. Kibler (phosphate entrepeneurs).
 Six years later the hotel originally named "The Kibler" was bought by H.B. Carter and renamed.
 For many years it was a popular place for civic club meetings. It stood on the northeast corner of Kentucky Avenue and Lemon Street

Hotel Thelma

Hotel Thelma 1924 - hand tinted-
State Archives of Florida- Florida Memory Collection

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