St. Pete’s Kenwood Neighborhood BungalowFest

BungalowFest poster2013-150x307Preparations for Historic Kenwood’s 15th Annual BungalowFest are in the final stages. Once again in keeping with the theme of Art and Architecture, HKNA will be combining its home tour with creative performances throughout the day. And to kick it all off, HKNA is planning an evening celebration featuring a Moonlight Tour and Evening Bash including food, libation and live entertainment.

BungalowFest 2013 features many significant events. On Friday, November 1, it will kick off with an enchanted Moonlight Tour and Evening Bash from 7 pm to 11 pm.  On Saturday, November 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm, the traditional home tour takes place with pantomimes throughout the day. Thirteen homes are on tour. Four homes are on display during the Moonlight Tour Friday night starting 127-23rd. St. N.. Nine homes are featured during the Day Tour on Saturday starting at 2900-3rd. Ave N.   All homes are located south of 5th Avenue N.

On top of all of this, HKNA will debut a documentary featuring an oral history on Kenwood and it will be featuring all of the entries from Kenwood’s First Salvage Dawgs Art Contest. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance at BungalowFest.org and at Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Pete.  Advanced purchased home tour tickets, including admission to all performances, are $15 per person.  On the day of the event they will be $20.  Tickets for the Moonlight Tour and Evening Bash are $40 per person.

Historic Kenwood BungalowFest

The 12th annual Historic Kenwood Neighborhood BungalowFest home tour will take place on Friday Night, November, 5th. 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, November 6th. 10-3 p.m.

Friday Moonlight Tour: (5 homes) Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 that night and include art and a fabulous wine and food tasting from local restaurants. The night tour begins at 2121 Dartmouth Avenue, N. St. Peterburg.

Saturday Home Tour: (11 homes) Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 that day. The day tour begins on the corner of 23rd. Street and 7th Avenue N. Refreshments and exhibits will be located along the tour route.

The homes are all different for the day and night tours. None of these homes were on the tour last year, although a couple have been on tour in years past.

Ybor City Featured in American Bungalow

There are three articles in the new Spring issue of American Bungalow magazine featuring historic Ybor City. The first article focuses on the still-operating historic Guinta Farm written by Tampa preservationist Del Acosta and includes some great interior photos; the second is a historic overview of Ybor City history, complete with historic photos written by Elizabeth McCoy of the Ybor City Museum Society; and the third discusses the Interstate-4 mitigation project and the impacts the historic building relocations has had on the neighborhood written by Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed and Tampa Preservation Board member. The magazine can be purchased at most bookstores or go to http://www.americanbungalow.com/ to subscribe. Past Tampa Bay area neighborhoods featured in this glossy national magazine include Seminole Heights and Historic Kenwood (St. Petersburg).

Vote for a Place that Matters: The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts


The National Trust for Historic Preservation is having a “This Place Matters” photo contest. After hundreds of entries, the selection has been narrowed down to just 12 entries which can now be voted on by the public. Among them, St. Petersburg’s own historic Shuffleboard Courts.


The Shuffleboard Club is significant for its association with the development of the tourist and leisure industries in St. Petersburg during the 1920s. The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club was the first organized club of its kind. It had thousands of members and served the recreational needs of St. Petersburg’s wintering tourists. Several tournaments were held on the grounds, including the first state tournament in 1928. In addition, the members organized a Festival of States Tournament and participated in the Festival of States Parade.

The club is located in the Mirror Lake area which at the turn of the century was known as Reservoir Lake and served as the source of the town’s drinking water. In 1910, much of the area around the lake was dedicated to “the public forever for the purposes of parks and roadways.” Some of the most important relics of architecture in the city including the Lawn Bowling Club, Coliseum, City Hall, Mirror Lake High School, and the Carnegie Mirror Lake Library remain around the lake. Plans for shuffleboard courts were revisited when, P.T. Ives of Meridien, Connecticut came to St. Petersburg in winter 1923. He urged the City of St. Petersburg to build two courts in Mirror Lake Park which it did in mid-1923 making it, along with Daytona, the only other city in the United States to play shuffleboard on land. (source City of St. Petersburg Urban Design and Historic Preservation)

If you agree that the St. Petersburg historic Shuffleboard Courts matter, cast your vote!

St. Petersburg Preservation Walking Tours

St. Petersburg Preservation, Inc. (SPPI) offers guided walking tours that take guests on a detailed tour of downtown St. Petersburg and beyond. Participants see the jewels of St. Peterburg’s past while learning about the founding of the city and its historic architecture from tour leaders Kai Warren and Peter Belmont.

SPPI offers three tours: the Downtown Historic Walking Tour, Westward Ho from the Waterfront, and the newest tour addition, North by Old Northeast. This brand new tour takes in the downtown waterfront, a portion of the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood, including an insider’s stop in a restored home, and ends at the Vinoy Hotel.

Cost to participate is just $5 for the Downtown Walking Tour and $10 for the Westward Ho Walking Tour, which you can apply toward a SPPI membership if you join that day. Reservations are requested but not required.

For more information on the tours go to www.stpetepreservation.org or call (727) 824-7802.

Image courtesy the Florida Memory Project

St. Petersburg Preservation Walking Tours

St. Petersburg Preservation, Inc. (SPPI) offers guided walking tours that take guests on a detailed tour of downtown St. Petersburg and beyond. Participants see the jewels of St. Peterburg’s past while learning about the founding of the city and its historic architecture from tour leaders Kai Warren and Peter Belmont.

SPPI offers three tours: the Downtown Historic Walking Tour, Westward Ho from the Waterfront, and the newest tour addition, North by Old Northeast. This brand new tour takes in the downtown waterfront, a portion of the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood, including an insider’s stop in a restored home, and ends at the Vinoy Hotel.

Cost to participate is just $5 for the Downtown Walking Tour and $10 for the Westward Ho Walking Tour, which you can apply toward a SPPI membership if you join that day. Reservations are requested but not required. For more information on the tours go to www.stpetepreservation.org or call (727) 824-7802.