Amenities & Character
The historic elements of the Old Northeast are brick streets with granite curbs, a mix of concrete and hexagon block sidewalks, a grid network of streets, avenues and alleys and its proximity to the Tampa Bay waterfront. The neighborhood was the first established neighborhood within the city of St. Petersburg. Many of the original homes of the era still exist. The architecture in the area is dominated by a wonderful mixture of Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival, Bungalow Styles, Prairie, Williamsburg as well as vernacular style homes. The large oaks, pines, palms, and magnolias provide lush overhanging canopies. Just north of downtown St. Petersburg and west of North Shore Park which runs along the entire eastern boundary. This park offers the neighborhood a large public pool, tennis courts, a baseball field, bike trails, long sidewalks for evening strolls, a children’s playground and a white sand beach. Along Coffee Pot Bayou are privately owned docks which house colorful boats and provide the opportunity to fish, sail and boat in protected waters. The Bayou is known for the manatees which feed in its shallow waters.
The subdivision began in 1911 by a group of men led by C. Perry Snell and J.C. Hamlett. Their goal was to establish the area as the premier residential neighborhood adjacent to the city of St. Petersburg along the shores of Tampa Bay and Coffee Pot Bayou. C. Perry Snell was a staunch advocate of William Straub’s waterfront park system. Snell was instrumental in extending the park northward to Coffee Pot Bayou by giving the city the major part of the waterfront land from 13th Avenue North to Coffee Pot Bayou. This open space park is an invaluable resource of our community. The area contains approximately 9,000 people and 5,300 residential units. The Historic Old Northeast is approximately 82 years old and was virtually “built-out” by the 1950s and 1960s. This makes it rich in history and historical value.
Organizations & Programs
The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association (HONNA) is the nucleus behind all efforts to protect, enhance and maintain the quality of life within its boundaries. HONNA belongs to the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA), participates in the city’s Crime Watch program, Neighborhood Policing Program, Neighborhood Conservation Program and Certificate of Inspection Programs. HONNA meets every month to discuss current business. The Board of Directors meet and discuss the important issues of the day. The policy positions and recommendations made by the Board of Directors are then submitted to the association members. Membership is extended to all who live in the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood.