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Tour bungalows and more in historic Hyde Park

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


Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Home Tour

When: 10 a.m. March 6

Where: The tour begins at the Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S Rome Ave.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

More info: Visit for further information, online ticket purchasing and a list of retailers selling advance tickets.

Notes: On Sunday, the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HHPNA) and the Tampa Bay History Center will premiere the documentary Celebrate the Bungalow: Hyde Park and a related community case in the history center. The movie will show at 3 p.m. in the center's TECO Theater. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. . . . The film will be screened at CineBistro in Hyde Park Village on the day of the tour at 11 a.m., noon and 1 and 2 p.m. Admission is free with tour wristband. CineBistro is at 1609 W Swann Ave. . . . Mulligan's Shuttle will offer service to three locations during the tour. . . . Some of the tour proceeds will go toward the purchase of trash barriers called Watergoats that will line the 2-acre pond at Swann and Rome avenues in an effort to improve the pond's appearance and keep debris and pollutants from draining into Tampa Bay.

Tour bungalows and more in historic Hyde Park 02/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 3:30am]
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