By Emme Martin | Photography by Jeremy Harwell
The salty air thickens at the top of the steps, and the view ahead seizes all attention. As calmness builds, you may wish to stay at the top and gaze into the emerald abyss of the Gulf of Mexico. Or perhaps anticipation wins, and childlike energy rushes you to the bottom. Each sandy wooden step brings you closer to your final destination—soft waves and serenity at last.
Upon packing up to go home, your fellow beachgoers shift their view back to the southern steps. A bittersweetness comes over you as you turn away from the sea, weary but satisfied from a day in the sun. That simple wooden structure patiently waits for you above the dunes, offering a clear direction home. The walk up those same sandy steps is slow but invigorating. As you reach the top of the stairs, one last glimpse into the Gulf marks the end of a lovely day spent with family and friends.
The Seaside pavilions mark the beginning and the end of some of life’s sweetest moments. The captivating trademark structures are conveniently nestled at the end of each main neighborhood street, a nod to Seaside founders Robert and Daryl Davis’s vision for a New Urbanism walkable community. The easy navigation and unique designs assemble these pavilions as idyllic gathering places and gateways for generations to enjoy. Each of the distinctive structures depicts its respective architect’s style and understanding of complex simplicity—encapsulating the very essence of Seaside, Florida.
Photographer Jeremy Harwell turns his lens away from the Gulf as he elegantly captures the nine Seaside pavilions on a clear day.
The captivating trademark structures are conveniently nestled at the end of each main neighborhood street, a nod to Seaside founders Robert and Daryl Davis’s vision for a New Urbanism walkable community.
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See more of the pavilions and the story of Seaside, Florida, in The Idea Boutique’s upcoming coffee-table book created for The Seaside Style®, or learn more at SeasideFL.com. View Jeremy Harwell’s beautiful work at HarwellPhotography.com or on Instagram @harwellphoto.