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Historic hyde park prairie-style home to be featured on home tour, explore hyde park's elegant architecture during hyde park preservation inc.'s annual historic home tour dec. 2..
D'Ann Lawrence White , Patch Staff
TAMPA, FL — Take a tour of Hyde Park's elegant vintage architecture while enjoying music from Gasparilla Music Festival performers and snacks provided by local restaurants.
Hyde Park Preservation Inc. announced that its annual historical home tour is back. The Old Hyde Park Home Tour will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring several distinctive homes in the iconic Hyde Park neighborhood to explore, with sips, snacks and music from Gasparilla Music Festival performers.
Proceeds will benefit the preservation and beautification efforts of Hyde Park Preservation Inc. Tickets are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the event. To purchase tickets in advance, click here.
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Dating to the 1880s, Hyde Park's development began when railroad magnate Henry Plant built a bridge over the Hillsborough River providing a link to downtown. Plant built his Tampa Bay Hotel north of what was to become Hyde Park and citrus growers James Watrous and William Morrison built the first houses.
Hyde Park's Morrison Grove subdivision is where many of the area's finest homes can be found. Its infrastructure serves as a frame for one of the best collections of fine old residences in the state. Georgian and classical mansions stand alongside half-timber houses and Craftsman bungalows.
“We’re thrilled to announce that the home tour is back," said Carren Rieger Friess, president of Hyde Park Preservation. "This year’s event will feature some of Hyde Park's most exclusive historic properties that are opening their doors to the public for the very first time.''
The tour is being sponsored by Tampa General Hospital and ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Friess said their support of the neighborhood association is instrumental in its ability to preserve and beautify this special historic district.
For the first time, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 906 S Orleans, Tampa, will host the check-in and ticket-purchasing location. The church recently celebrated its 100-year history. It will be open to the public, offering tours that will showcase the 1912 Gothic Revival style building and stunning stained glass windows. Free parking will be available in the Hyde Park Village garages.
Another addition to the tour and open to the public for the first time since its extensive restoration is the “Leiman House.” A rare Florida example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie style and built in 1914, the home is listed with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Though the style undeniably reflects Wright's, the house was actually designed by M. Leo Elliott, a Tampa architect who also designed Tampa City Hall, Grand Central Place and El Circulo Cubano (the Cuban Club) in Ybor City. Elliott, considered one of the finest architects in Tampa history, designed the home for Henry Leiman who, at the time, was president of the Tampa Box Co., the largest maker of wooden cigar boxes in the world.
The Old Hyde Park Home Tour continues a long series of successful home tours that have invited the community into one of Tampa’s most charming, historic neighborhoods. The planning committee, led by co-chairs Sarah Jaycocks and Sarah Tombaugh, are hard at work attending to all the details, including partnering with local restaurants for refreshments and live entertainment at the homes and along the tour route.
Hyde Park Preservation Inc. is a nonprofit neighborhood association founded by community leaders in 1974. It is dedicated to the historic preservation, rehabilitation and beautification of Hyde Park, which bounds Rome Avenue, Swann Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
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Hyde Park Presentation, Inc. Announces Annual Old Hyde Park Home Tour Set for December 2nd
October 24, 2023 by Post
Walking Tour Features Stops at Inspired Historical Homes with Music and More!
(October 24, 2023) Tampa, FL – Hyde Park Preservation Inc . (HPPI) is proud to announce that its annual historical home tour is back and in full effect. Lovers of vintage architecture and elegant homes will want to attend The Old Hyde Park Home Tour, taking place on Saturday, December 2, 11am-3pm. Several distinctive and beautiful homes in the iconic Hyde Park neighborhood will be available to explore, with sips, snacks and music with other surprises along the way. Proceeds to benefit the preservation and beautification efforts of Hyde Park Preservation, Inc. Tickets are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the event. To purchase tickets in advance go to: https://oldhydeparkfl.membershiptoolkit.com/hometour
Dating to the 1880s, Hyde Park’s development began when railroad magnate Henry Plant built a bridge over the Hillsborough River providing a link to downtown. Plant built his Tampa Bay Hotel north of what was to become Hyde Park and citrus growers James Watrous and William Morrison built the first houses. Hyde Park’s Morrison Grove subdivision is where many of the area’s finest homes can be found. Its infrastructure serves as a frame for one of the best collections of fine old residences in the state. Georgian and classical mansions stand alongside half-timber houses and Craftsman bungalows.
Carren Rieger Friess, President of Hyde Park Preservation, said “We’re thrilled to announce that the Home Tour is back! This year’s event will feature some of Hyde Park’s most exclusive historic properties who are opening their doors to the public for the very first time. ”
HPPI is also pleased to announce that two standout businesses are sponsoring the tour: Tampa General Hospital and ZooTampa at Lowry Park . These sponsors are part of the fabric of the Tampa community, one in the health care of our residents and the other in conservation of animals. Their support of our neighborhood association is instrumental in our ability to preserve and beautify this special historic district that is a treasured part of Tampa.
For the first time, St. John’s Episocpal Church will host the check in and ticket purchasing location. The Church recently celebrated their 100-year history, will be open to the public and offering tours that will showcase the 1912 Gothic Revival style building and stunning stained glass windows. Another exciting addition to the tour and open to the public for the first time since its extensive restoration is the “Leiman House.” A rare Florida example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style and built in 1914, the home is listed with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Though the style undeniably reflects Wright’s, the house was actually designed by M. Leo Elliott, a Tampa architect who also designed Tampa City Hall, Grand Central Place and El Circulo Cubano (the Cuban Club) in Ybor City. Elliott, considered one of the finest architects in Tampa history, designed the home for Henry Leiman who at the time was president of the Tampa Box Co., the largest maker of wooden cigar boxes in the world. This home is one of many gems on the tour that is highly anticipated.
The Old Hyde Park Home Tour continues a long series of successful home tours that have invited the community into one of Tampa’s most charming and historic neighborhoods. The planning committee, led by co-chairs Sarah Jaycocks and Sarah Tombaugh , are hard at work attending to all the details, including partnering with local restaurants, for refreshments and live entertainment at the homes and along the tour route.
The Old Hyde Park Home Tour: Saturday, December 2nd from 11am-3pm (Note: Event is Rain or Shine)
Ticket pricing: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Pick up tickets at St. John’s Episcopal Church
Purchase Tickets: https://oldhydeparkfl.membershiptoolkit.com/hometour
Tour route begins at: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 906 South Orleans Tampa, Fl 33606
Free parking is available in the Hyde Park Village Garages.
About Hyde Park Preservation, Inc. (HPPI)
Hyde Park Preservation, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) non-profit neighborhood association founded by community leaders in 1974. It is recognized by the City of Tampa and dedicated to the historic preservation, rehabilitation and beautification of Hyde Park. Neighborhood boundaries are Rome Avenue, Swann Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
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TAMPA — Historic preservationists were furious in 2019 when the owners of West Tampa’s Santaella Cigar Factory chose to cover the exterior’s yellow bricks with white paint.
City Council weighed in, too, discussing whether they should step in and force local historic landmark designation on the building, which would prevent the exterior from being modernized.
The concern was that the paint job would ruin the historic integrity of the cigar factory built in 1904. The city chose not to step in, deciding that the designation was up to the property owner.
Most of the interior and less than half the Santaella’s exterior were painted white, but the paint job was never finished. Now, the building is set to have new owners, and one of their first orders of business is to remove the white paint.
It turns out that the paint could do more than ruin the cigar factory’s historic integrity: It could damage the structure.
“It actually kills the brick,” said Andrew Coogan, who with his fiancee, Allie Ryann, recently began leasing the cigar factory so that they could begin restoration while finalizing the deal to purchase it.
The paint, he explained, covers the pores of the brick, which release moisture. Eventually, that causes deterioration. The cigar factory is not in imminent danger, but the paint could prevent it from surviving another 119 years.
The couple plans to add a distillery, restaurant and wedding and event venue to the first floor, a garden courtyard outside and a rooftop bar that has a view of downtown. They also want to change the address from 1906 N. Armenia Ave. to 1904 N. Armenia Ave. to reflect the year the cigar factory opened.
The second and third floors will be refurbished but remain artist lofts, as they have been since 1998.
The current owners, Philip Farley III and Henry Bentley, had similar plans when they purchased the three-story, 58,000-square-foot cigar factory for $3.2 million in 2018.
Coogan has experience in renovation through his Coogan Window & Door installation company, and Ryann has been renting space in the factory for a few years for her photography.
“I’d walk through and imagine what it could be like,” Ryann said.
Another tenant told her the building was for sale.
“It was pretty organic the way the opportunity came up,” Ryann said. “It wasn’t like we were searching for it. We then kind of just started tinkering around with ideas and kept going. We both agreed that cigar factories are worth investing in.”
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There were more than 200 factories at the peak of Tampa’s cigar industry. Today, two dozen remain . Only one still produces cigars, and around half are protected as local historic landmarks, a designation that also makes it more difficult to demolish a building. Keeping the exterior’s historic look is costly, but landmark status brings government grant opportunities.
Coogan and Ryann might seek the designation. But they first want to focus on finalizing the sale, signing first-floor tenants and, of course, removing that white paint.
“It’s an ambitious goal,” Coogan said. “The building has great possibility and is worth the work. We didn’t want to be those people who are not willing to pick up the sword.”
Paul Guzzo is a culture reporter who covers all things interesting in Florida, from pro wrestling to the film industry. Reach him at [email protected].
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