Hyde Park Preservation

Hyde Park Preservation
Historic Hyde Park

Hyde Park Preservation

Hyde Park, one of Tampa’s prominent and highly desirable neighborhoods, is historically recognized for laying the foundation of the city’s residential development. Located in South Tampa, Hyde Park began in 1886 as a humble 20 acres, which was subdivided and named after its purchaser’s hometown of Hyde Park, Illinois.

The location of the new subdivision had a very positive impact on the area’s growth: Hyde Park quickly became a popular residential section, triggering the development of even more new homes and provided a convenient, direct connection to Downtown Tampa’s commerce district.

The development of early Hyde Park helped to foster the creation of a growing, flourishing middle class, resulting in an era that produced attractive and affordable homes. As the number of new homes being built grew, so to, did the tastes of residents begin to change in terms of the styles of homes they desired. Initially, Craftsman and Prairie style architecture, as well as Bungalow styles, dominated new construction in the community. Later, however, more unique and eclectic home designs were constructed which began to replace Victorian homes and a few of these homes still stand today.

During the very early 1900’s, Hyde Park contributed greatly in setting the standard high for beautifully designed homes which have been well-preserved. The homes in the neighborhood present prominent and varied features, rich architecture and are reflective of exquisite, early 20th century craftsmanship.

However, the most popular architectural styles represented in Hyde Park today are Colonial and Neo-Classical Revival styles, turn-of-the-century “Princess Anne” style, from its predecessor the Queen Anne, Mediterranean Revival styles of the 1920s, and of course, the modest American Four Square. Currently, in Hyde Park, there is also an upward trend in the construction and remodeling of existing homes that give way to fresh and modern, contemporary architecture.

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