It's indeed then and now: Having shooed away boisterous Gasparilla revelers last month, residents of the Historic Hyde Park neighborhood now welcome folks back. Saturday's "Then & Now" tour shows off a century of renewed architecture.
The restoration of homes built a decade or so before and during Florida's boom in the 1920s is an ongoing labor of love for home-owners throughout the bay area. The Historic Hyde Park neighborhood is no exception, as the neighborhood association has homes it's particularly proud of.
The tour, which combines new construction with careful restoration, features nine private homes and a tour of one garden. A couple of homes are not far from Bayshore Boulevard, which borders Hillsborough Bay.
The Historic Hyde Park neighborhood, chartered in 1996, now has about 200 households in its membership and winds through Old Hyde Park proper, which includes the Hyde Park Village shopping district.
Part of the tour's proceeds will go to various causes within the neighborhood association and all of Hyde Park. Its most prominent project is the restoration of the original "schoolhouse" doors of the Old Hyde Park Art Center on Swann Avenue.
Take a peek at these "then and now" photos of a couple of homes.
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Airplane bungalow 1920
Jerry Stanley's craftsman-style home was redesigned by neighbor and architect Roger Grunke. A 750-square-foot expansion added a family room, office/sunroom, two bedrooms and more. The upstairs master bedroom has also been redone. The rear of the home replicates the architectural style of the front. An airplane bungalow? Its designation is common to homes of the period, when partial second floors - to some at least - resembled a cockpit over the wings.
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Craftsman kitchen 1923
This restored bungalow includes a redesigned kitchen that evokes the home's original. Whatever could not be preserved was replicated with craftsman-like details, in the kitchen and throughout the home.
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IF YOU GO
Ninth Annual Historic Hyde Park Home Tour
The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Meet at Bern's Steak House, 1208 S Howard Ave. (Registration starts at 9, with self-guided tours beginning at 9:30; specific home addresses will be provided. Volunteers and owners will be at homes to answer questions.) 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 ticket purchase: historichometours.com; sponsored by the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. ehydepark.org; (813) 915-6633.
Sources: Lyla Haggard, Devin Baillairge