TAMPA — While next weekend's historic Hyde Park home tour will have its share of grander homes, this time the more humble but charming bungalow will get top billing.
Some of the neighborhood's bungalows are nearly a century old, but we still can learn much from the one-story, compact dwellings, said Del Acosta, an architectural historian and Hyde Park resident who for the second year is giving the tour an architectural focus.
"The philosophy of the bungalow in Hyde Park is the philosophy of what we're still trying to achieve today," Acosta said. "People living together, mixed housing types, people walking together and taking care of each other."
Several of the 11 homes on this year's tour are in Hyde Park's tucked-away Bungalow Terrace, a row of neighborly smaller homes between Packwood and Rome avenues that are tied together with a common walkway instead of a street.
The Bungalow Terrace homes are among those featured in a documentary produced for this year's home tour that, beginning Sunday, will be part of an exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center. The documentary, Celebrate the Bungalow: Hyde Park, focuses on the home style's architectural heritage and is a joint project of the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association and Tampa's International Academy of Design & Technology.
But there will be more than bungalows to see on the March 6 tour. It will feature a grand home on Bayshore Boulevard, a new "green" home north of Swann Avenue, a condominium at the Valencia, and even a house that is undergoing renovation.
"We thought people would like to see it during the process," Acosta said. "Some people get daunted by (the idea of) how you go from the beginning to the end" of a renovation.
Acosta hopes the tour will reflect the variety of both the dwellings and the people who live in his neighborhood.
"One of the things that makes Hyde Park charming is you have young people, students; you have people coming and going all the time," he said. "It's not intrusive, but honestly, people do take care of each other."
Sharon Ginn is a freelance writer based in Tampa. She can be reached at email@example.com.