Kenwood Historic District (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Kenwood Historic District (St. Petersburg, Florida)

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Kenwood Historic District (St. Petersburg, Florida)

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The Kenwood Historic District is a U.S. historic district (designated as such on August 4, 2003) located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The district, located immediately west of Downtown, is bound by 9th Avenue North, 1st Avenue North, 20th Street North (adjacent to I-275) and 34th Street North. It contains 2203 historic buildings. Grand Central is within its boundaries.

The housing in Historic Kenwood is typical of St. Petersburg development from the 1920s through the 1950s. The Kenwood Historic District is a 375-acre residential area best known for its historic bungalows. It contains a variety of residential architectural styles including Frame and Masonry Vernacular, Craftsman Bungalow, Minimal Traditional, Tudor Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival, Ranch, Prairie, American Foursquare, Dutch Colonial Revival, Mission, and International. However, while many styles are evident, bungalows of some sort (typically Craftsman) constitute more than 50 percent of the homes.

St. Petersburg High School (1926), listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits in the heart of Historic Kenwood along 5th Avenue North.

When the first housing survey was completed in 1995, during the process of applying for historic status, there were 1104 structures in Historic Kenwood. Interestingly, not all of these homes were built on their current sites. Approximately 170 bungalows were relocated to Historic Kenwood during the 1930s, helping to cement its bungalow identity.

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