First House of Seaside
A small square cottage with a pyramid roof and wraparound porch on Tupelo Street, Seaside’s first house is known simply as the Red House. When built in 1981 it served as the original sales office, a lone structure surrounded by little more than one paved road and a lot of imagination. It was here the “lemonade test” was invented. Many passersby would follow the modest sign on Highway 30A and stop for a brochure, but it was the ones who stayed to sip ice-cold lemonade and talk that Davis knew would one day form the human fabric of Seaside.
Eventually a new sales office was built, and another family claimed the Red House as their own home by the sea. But to Robert and Daryl it will always represent the nascent days of Seaside, a place of sharing dreams of what could be.