Knight Cottage (Tampa Historical Society Headquarters)

LOCATION: 245 Hyde Park Avenue, Tampa

ARCHITECT: Built by ship carpenters

BUILT: 1890

SIZE: 1,737 GSF

PHOTO CREDITS: Tampa Histroical Society Archives

The Knight Cottage, in the Folk Victorian style, was constructed by ship carpenters on Hyde Park Avenue in 1890. Built as a honeymoon home for the newly married Peter O. Knight to the former Miss Lillie Frierson, the open gables on the front façade features a pair of hand carved wooden love birds. Mr. Knight, arriving in Tampa from Ft. Myers, Florida, was a young attorney who rapidly became a civic leader.  The cottage was built as an intermediary residence until a large mansion was constructed for the family two blocks south of the honeymoon cottage.



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