Crescent Lake

Dated: 03/20/2017

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Image titleCrescent Lake and its surrounding neighborhood is located one mile north of St.Petersburg, Florida's central business district. It is made up of around 550 residences in 35 square blocks plus a 56 acre public park.

Crescent Lake lies at the center of our neighborhood, surrounded by the beautiful 56 acre public park. East of the lake is the "Great Banyan Tree", a living "jungle gym" for generations of our children. It is featured on the neighborhood logo. To the south is Huggins-Stengel Field, a baseball field that was once the Spring Training home for the New York Yankees. Next to it is the neighborhood's most visible landmark, a 1923 water tower, repainted as a giant salt water aquarium by local muralist, Tom Stovall.East and west of the park are about 550 residences on streets dotted with stately trees. Some of the streets still have the original brick paving and hex-block sidewalks. 

The neighborhood's boundaries are 4th Street North to the east and Dr. Martin Luther King Street (9th Street North) to the west. These two streets have restaurants, shops, and businesses that have turned the area into a social and shopping hotspot. The northern boundary is 22nd Avenue North, a major four lane east-west throughway.  The southern boundary is 9th Avenue North, a sleepy two lane street lined with residences.

Architecture: The neighborhood's architecture is an eclectic mix of early and mid-twentieth century styles. Early styles include Foursquare, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and Tudor. Eighth Street has a particularly fine collection of 1920s Tudor houses. Later styles include Minimal Traditional, Postwar and Ranch. Along the lake are some early Ranch-type houses dating from the late 1930s. Our buildings are diverse in form as well as style. The housing stock includes single-family homes, garage apartments and small multi-family structures. Businesses along MLK Street occupy large converted dwellings helping this busy street keep the look of the grand residential boulevard that it once was. The later development along 4th Street gave us a lively collection of structures in the Art Deco style.Image title

History: A cypress dugout canoe dredged from Crescent Lake in 1924, provided evidence of a Native American presence in the neighborhood. The canoe, now in the Museum of History, is thought to date from the 1500s. In the 1870s and 1880s, settlers of European origin arrived and put the land to agricultural use, primarily citrus groves. This way of life did not last long. When a streetcar line was built along 9th Street to 34th Avenue in 1914 the groves became valuable suburban property and subdividing began. The opening of Crescent Lake Park in 1927 heightened the neighborhood's appeal. The park was the brainchild of master developer Perry Snell, who acquired and held the necessary parcels until the city was able to buy them. Shortly after the park opened, the city built a ballfield for the New York Yankees at the south end, ensuring that national sports figures like Babe Ruth, Lou Gerhig and Joe DiMaggio would join a long list of local business and civic leaders who have been our neighbors. The neighborhood acquired its final form just before World War II, when palm-lined drives went in alongside the lake. The building boom that gripped St. Petersburg and the nation immediately following that war quickly filled all remaining lots.

Image titleThe Future: Because of its natural beauty, the neighborhood has remained popular. Renewed strength, evidenced by the growth of the Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association and the implementation of the Crescent Lake Neighborhood Plan, has led to greater visibility for the neighborhood, higher property values, restoration of aging structures, and a higher standard of maintenance. Information courtesy of  Want to ive in Crescent Lake? search http://thehotchkissgroup.comImage title

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