ST. PETERSBURG - Each year the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association hosts a gala showcasing the art, architecture and eateries of the Kenwood community in St. Petersburg. A percentage of the proceeds support local charities and community programs.
This year the Sheriff’s Pinellas Safe Harbor jail diversion program and shelter has been selected by the HKNA to receive a portion of the Gala proceeds.
The 2012 BungalowFest preview Gala is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Dartmouth Avenue in St. Petersburg.
Tickets are $40 per person either online at www.BungalowFest.org, at the Craftsman House at 2955 Central Ave., or on the night of the event.
In the notification to Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, HKNA President Paul Dickens said, “This year we decided to select three organizations that serve our neighborhood in a positive way. We are very thankful for the work you all have done in making this shelter (Pinellas Safe Harbor) a reasonable alternative and would like to help support it in this small way.”
The other two programs selected were Suncoast Hospice Foundation and Pinellas County Job Corps.
Historic Kenwood’s BungalowFest Home Tour
Historic Kenwood’s 14th annual BungalowFest Home Tour Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. begins at the St. Petersburg High School, 2501 5th Ave. N.
Ten properties will be on tour this year including the High School, a Designer Show Home, a renovated Mid-Century Modern office building and several recently restored private homes. Two courtesy City Looper Trolleys will be available at the High School to help visitors circumnavigate the tour with numerous stops along the way.
Advance tickets for $15 a person may be purchased online at bungalowfest.org, or at the Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave. Day-of tickets for $20 a person will be available at the parking lot of the St. Petersburg High School, as well as tour brochures and maps, wristbands and general tour information.
Parking will be available at the High School as well as on Kenwood’s streets throughout the tour route. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to selected charities including Pinellas Safe Harbor, Suncoast Hospice Foundation, and Pinellas County Job Corps.
This is the first year BungalowFest has included a tour of St. Petersburg High School. Hailed as the nation’s first “Million Dollar High School” when it opened its doors in 1926, this landmark St. Petersburg building, constructed in the Spanish Revival architectural style, has interior courtyards and an auditorium with a stage that was described at the time as rivaling “the greatest theaters in the world.”
Also on tour will be the Archives Room, which contains numerous items of memorabilia which date back to when the school was built. Another unusual property on tour is a renovated mid-Century Modern physician’s office transformed into an artistically exquisite center for Eastern medicine.
This is also the first year the Designer Show Home has been included in the BungalowFest General Admission ticket. The Designer Show Home, featuring the design talents of some of Tampa Bay’s best design studios, is a 1938 Tudor style home which has undergone a complete restoration including a new kitchen and bath.
Design professionals, brought together by Historic Kenwood resident Lisa Berardo, will do their magic inside and out to make this an extra-special melding of art and architecture for all to enjoy. A special feature of the Designer Show Home will be an Artists’ Studio featuring the work of local artists.
The Artists’ Studio is a reminder that Historic Kenwood is working toward becoming officially designated as an Artist Enclave Overlay District by the city of St. Petersburg, which would allow resident artists to work and sell their art from their homes.
BungalowFest is organized by the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is sponsored by the city of St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Times, Georgie’s Alibi and the Tampa Bay Magazine.