Historic Roser Park Tour of Homes
HISTORIC ROSER PARK TOUR OF HOMES
Date: Sat., March 31, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (final tickets sold at 3 p.m.)
Price: $15 before Mar. 31 at historicroserpark.org; $20 on the day of the tour
Address: Tour begins at intersection of Roser Park Drive & Prospect Court S., St. Petersburg
Buy tickets now, here's a link! Bring your receipt to the check in/ticket booth to begin the tour. (Roser Park Drive and Prospect Court intersection)
HISTORIC ROSER PARK TOUR OF HOMES RETURNS MARCH 31
St. Petersburg's hidden, hilly neighborhood hosts its 2018 Tour of Homes on the Saturday before Easter.
One of St. Petersburg's most distinctive neighborhoods, Historic Roser Park is so well-hidden in its hilly enclave along Booker Creek just south of Bayfront Medical Center that even longtime city residents are sometimes surprised to discover it. Fortunately, homeowners in HRP throw open their doors every few years for house and garden tours, giving visitors a chance to experience life in this locally and nationally registered historic district.
The 2018 tour takes place Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with stops at seven homes and one garden, the architectural styles ranging from Spanish Revival to Craftsman to Dutch Colonial. Two local historians will also be on hand to offer free walking tours every few hours of the neighborhood’s award-winning Outdoor Museum, a series of plaques detailing the history of the area from Tocobaga Indian days through to its development in 1911 by Charles Roser (reputedly the progenitor of Nabisco's Fig Newton recipe).
Tickets can be purchased for $15 at historicroserpark.org before March 31, or for $20 up to 3 p.m. on the day of the tour, when tickets will be sold and prepaid tickets will be validated at the booth set up on the corner of Roser Park Drive South and Prospect Court in St. Petersburg. Free parking is available at the Bayfront garage. Shuttle service and maps will be provided, making it convenient either to ride or walk to tour stops. The popular Aloha to Go food truck will be parked next to the final house on the tour.
The 270-acre Historic Roser Park district is bounded by 4th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street (9th St. S.). to the east and west, and by Booker Creek and Ingleside Avenue (11th Avenue South) to the north and south. The first residential subdivision to be established outside of the downtown St. Petersburg business district, Roser Park was an early "streetcar suburb" conveniently located along the downtown trolley line, and is listed on the National Register for its significance in community planning and development, architecture, and landscape architecture. Located in the Midtown Redevelopment Area, Roser Park also encompasses historic Greenwood Cemetery and one of St Petersburg's most storied creeks.