Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Old Hyde Park Home Tour: DIY up close and personal

HYDE PARK — Those glossy home decor and architectural magazines certainly provide beautiful photos and helpful how-tos, but nothing beats a personal conversation with a home-owner who has lived through a renovation or made improvements, especially to a historic residence.

The annual Old Hyde Park Home Tour provides visitors just that opportunity from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at six houses along S Oregon Avenue. Tickets are $20 advance; $25 at the start of the route, the corner of Morrison and Oregon avenues. Tour-goers will see modern additions such as outdoor kitchens, man caves and garages turned into guest houses. They can ask about everything from termites to where to buy period-appropriate hardware and light fixtures, or check out paint colors, wallpaper, window treatments and carpet.

Susan and Todd Heine believe the home they completely remodeled at 907 S Oregon Ave. started out as a Sears Kit model that was completed in 1912.

Patty and Jonathan Pedersen of 1501 Bayshore Blvd. invite guests to see a Tampa rarity in their circa-1913 home: a full basement. The home's three-way fireplace is also pretty cool.

Michael Ragsdale can talk at length about his circa-1918 wood floors and original Vermont green barrel tile roof at 918 S Oregon. The original giant cistern in back is the drain for the entire roof and had piping to the kitchen.

Chip Vogel bought the home at 914 S Oregon Ave. in 1979 for $20,000, despite the hole in the living room floor. Decades of improvements include a new floor plan to create a straight path through the renovated kitchen, new central heat and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical service and insulation. Smart idea: built-in armoires in both bedrooms.

Property records show that the bungalow was built in 1916, and according to Vogel, it has been connected to many "old Tampa" names as lawyers, realtors or investors, including: W. F. Inman, W.P. Culbreath, M.F. Gibbons and Dekle Investments.

Elizabeth and Rich Whiteley maximized every inch of space at 819 S Oregon Ave. by expanding into the attic to create a master bedroom, bath and office in the 1904 residence. They turned a backyard shed into a music studio and added a back porch, where you'll find them having dinner most nights.

"It's such a walkable tour, with incredible diversity in terms of their architectural and decorating styles," said Marylou Bailey, whose Craftsman-style bungalow is only a year old.

Marylou and husband Jim Bailey had lived in Hyde Park for more than two decades when they saw a builder's sign on a spec home at 912 S Oregon Ave.

"We had been discussing whether to look for a bigger home when we went for a drive and said, 'What the heck is that?,' " Marylou said. "A week later we had a contract on it. We were enamored with the idea of staying in the historical district without the incredible maintenance."

The family has worked to "olden up the place," she said, adding antique lighting and replacing every hinge and doorknob with oil-rubbed bronze and crystal as such a house would have had in the 1920s. Another example: the antique glass front door incorporated in the wall between the front room and the dining room came from the house the builder tore down.

Even with all that attention to detail, a new Christmas tradition was required. Since the modern home doesn't have a fireplace, the Baileys hide a special key for Santa under the doormat.

Comments
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge in th...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a south St. Petersburg nightclub early Saturday morning.Brennan-Aire D. Williams, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by cab at Bayfront Health. Police invest...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Woman dies in Plant City after SUV flips off road

PLANT CITY — A Seffner woman died Saturday from injuries sustained when her sports utility vehicle flipped off the road and crashed into a fence near the intersection of Tanner Road and State Road 574.Amanda K. Cepeda-Duque, 21, was traveling west on...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Updated: 12 hours ago