Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Associations’ 2011 Home Tour: Then & Now

Historic Hyde Park opens its doors for the Ninth Annual Home Tour on March 5th, 2011. The theme of this year’s event is “Then & Now”. Sponsored by the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HHPNA), the tour will feature nine private homes in the neighborhood including a side-tour featuring an amazing backyard garden. Both new construction and original homes which have been carefully restored throughout the past century will be showcased.

“Hopefully, my home can serve as an inspiration to others as past HHPNA Home Tours have inspired and motivated me by sharing and revealing the rewards of inconvenience, time and of course, money in the restoration and renovation of our wonderful neighborhood’s historic homes,” says Jerry Stanley, Jr. owner of one of the homes on Dekle Avenue which will be on the Tour.

“The Goal of the 2011 Home Tour is to show how our neighborhood has evolved, and to share how homeowners can adapt historic structures to 21st century living” said Kathy Durdin, HHPNA Home Tour Co-Chair. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will be allocated to various HHPNA neighborhood causes, including the enhancement of local cultural assets and architectural treasures. The signature project will be the restoration of the original “school house” doors of the Old Hyde Park Art Center.

The 2011 Home Tour begins at Bern’s Steak House at 1208 South Howard Avenue, Tampa. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., and the tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at all Coldwell Banker locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties or on the day of the tour for $25. Online ticketing is also available at www.historichometours.com.

For more information about HHPNA, or the 2011 Home Tour, contact HHPNA at 813-915-6633 or visit www.eHydePark.org. The Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association is a non-profit neighborhood association with more than 200 household and property owner members. Association members are active in support of their neighborhood and in preserving the historic integrity of the community through member communication, monthly member activities and the annual Home Tour.

Historic Hyde Park Featured in American Bungalow

American Bungalow magazine has a feature article written by architectural historian Lucy Jones of Florida History LLC. Lucy is also a Tampa Preservation, Inc. board member. The article takes a look back at the creation of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, where the oak-lined streets join Bayshore Boulevard and the world’s longest continuous sidewalk. The article tells the tale of this turn-of-the-20th-century historic urban neighborhood that seemed to have fallen apart during the 1960s and ’70s, only to reassert itself as the century closed. Past American Bungalow issues have featured historic Seminole Heights and Ybor City neighborhoods. The magazine is richly illustrated with color photographs as well as informative articles.

Historic Hyde Park Annual Home Tour

Hyde Park is one of the largest and most cohesive collections of early 20th century residential architecture in the United States. The buildings in Historic Hyde Park generally date from 1900 to 1930, and encompass a wide variety of architectural styles.  Historic Hyde Park, particularly the area west of Rome Ave, has a large concentration of bungalow type homes, eleven of which will be featured in the upcoming Historic Home Tour this Saturday, March 6, 2010. In coordination with the Home Tour, Historic Hyde Park has created a video and a related exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.  Both are entitled “Celebrate the Bungalow in Historic Hyde Park.”

Video
While the overall focus of the video is area architecture, the bungalow is the highlight of the show.  The video uses examples from homes in the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood to illustrate the characteristics typical in a bungalow.  The video will be shown at CineBistro four times the day of the tour. The video will be provided to area residents in CD format  as well as regional preservation groups and media.   
Exhibit at Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center
To further expand awareness of the unique characteristics of our neighborhood, Historic Hyde Park will have an exhibit in the Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center during March 2010.  The focus of the exhibit will also be on the history of the neighborhood and the characteristics of the bungalow.
For more information, please go to the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood website.

HISTORIC HYDE PARK VIDEO AND EXHIBIT PLANNED


Hyde Park has one of the largest and most cohesive collections of early 20th century residential architecture in the United States. In order to publicize this national treasure regionally and nationally, the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HHPNA) intends to create a video to be introduced in conjunction with its annual Home Tour, as well as hold a related exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center. Both will be entitled “Celebrate the Bungalow in Historic Hyde Park.” Of particular interest is Bungalow Terrace, a unique pedestrian street of bungalows that will be highlighted. While the overall focus of the 30 minute video will be on neighborhood architecture, the video will pay special homage to the bungalow. The video will use examples from homes in the neighborhood to illustrate the characteristics typical in a bungalow.

Once completed, the video will be available in CD format to area residents, regional preservation groups and media. The video would also be shown at the History Center during the period of the Exhibit. With the focus on the bungalow, the video would be a educational tool that would be of value to any community or anyone interested in this architectural style — anywhere in the US.
To further expand awareness of the unique characteristics of the neighborhood, Historic Hyde Park will prepare an exhibit in the Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center scheduled for March 2010. The focus of the exhibit will also be on the history of the neighborhood and the characteristics of the bungalow.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Historic Hyde Park will create a teacher’s guide in order to involve children in the exhibition and teach them about architecture and history. The guide will be distributed to schools and parents.

Help Needed
To create the video and exhibit, Historic Hyde Park needs help with research and materials. Any photos or other artifacts of the Historic Hyde Park neighborhood from before 1935, particularly of bungalows or bungalow related, would be much appreciated. This would include Historic Hyde Park post cards, interior images (i.e. family photos, including weddings, etc.) or garden views of bungalows before 1935.

Please contact Del Acosta if you have materials or can otherwise help — del.acosta@verizon.net or (813) 817-6254.

Hyde Park Home Tour Patron’s Party

The Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association and Honorary Chair Persons, Mrs. Martha Ferman and Mr. R. James Robbins cordially invite you to attend the Inaugural Patrons’ Party for the Seventh Annual Hyde Park Tour of Homes on Friday, March 6th from 7-9 p.m. at the Garden Rooftop Terrace of The Seybold Lofts, “The Old Bread Factory” at 1501 Horatio Street.
Entertainment will be provided by the Florida Orchestra String Trio. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and include a ticket to the Tour of Homes on Saturday, March 7th. Proceeds from this event benefit Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association projects. Contact Mary Heise at 813-253-3622 or Rosemary Henderson at 813-253-5777 for more information.

Hyde Park Home Tour

The Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association holds its 7th annual Home Tour on Saturday March 7th, 2009. Day-of-event tickets are available at Kate Jackson Park for $25. Advance-sale tickets are $20 through www.HistoricHomeTours.com or from selected local merchants throughout Tampa. The Tour begins at Kate Jackson Park, with homes open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Eight homes are on this year’s walking tour, featuring both classic bungalows from the historic period and excellent examples of new home in-fill in a historically sensitive district. Docents from the International Academy of Design and Technology will highlight architectural design elements at each home, and local caterers and restaurateurs will provide a progressive lunch.

Antique cars are making a first-time appearance at the Tour. The New Florida Region Model A Restorers Club of Tampa will display their beautifully restored cars at each home, enhancing the historic-period ambiance.

Also new this year, an Inaugural Patron’s Party kicks off the Tour on Friday, March 6th, at the roof garden of Seybold Lofts in Hyde Park. Mrs. Martha Ferman and Mr. R. James Robbins are chairpersons for this catered, invitation-only event. Patron’s Party tickets include admission to the Home Tour.

Proceeds from the tour and Patron’s Party benefit community projects and causes.

The Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HHPNA) is a not-for-profit neighborhood association dedicated to preserving the character of the neighborhood and the Hyde Park Historic District. Chartered in 1996, HHPNA provides advocacy for one of the most intact 1920’s historic neighborhoods in the country.

For answers to questions or to get involved with the Tour, please contact Kelly Parsons at 813-857-1697, or kelly@kpmarketingsolutions.com

Information provided by the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association