It is so nice to see a historic home being saved by several groups in the St Petersburg, Florida area. Thanks to the Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County program and property developer JMC Communities under the watchful eye of the St Petersburg Preservation Organization, the home has not only been saved and moved but it will be fully restored while adding new energy-efficient elements.
The 1755 square foot 1910 Henry-Bryan House has been saved and moved to its new location. The property for the Henry-Bryan House relocation was donated by Augie and Sarah Lind Ribeiro.

The Henry-Bryan Home was located at 146 Fourth Avenue NE, downtown St Petersburg, and is built in the Queen Anne Cottage style. The Henry-Bryan home is named after two early city contractors, Walter Henry and Hardy Bryan.  The house was built by Walter Henry and is believed to have been a wedding present to Love and Eulalie Henry. Walter Henry was one of the first building contractors in the city and built the 1912 First Congregational Church and the 1915 Carnegie Library. He was also the contractor for the 1912 St. Petersburg High School and the 1913 American Bank and Trust Building, both long gone. The house’s second owners were Ruth and Hardy Bryan. Bryan was a building contractor specializing in masonry and terra cotta tile construction. His most important works include the terra cotta work on the Open Air Post Office and the Snell Arcade Building.
According to the Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, they and JMC “will work together to complete interior and exterior renovations. All exterior renovations will be in accordance with requirements for historically designated structures. Once the home is relocated, JMC will underwrite the exterior rehabilitation needed to make the house sustainable for the new homeowners including roofing materials and wind mitigation improvements, energy efficient windows, exterior repairs and cladding. All exterior renovations will be in accordance with requirements for historically designated structures. Habitat Pinellas will renovate the interior of the house using sustainable materials and provide improvements where needed to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and electric systems. Habitat will also provide new kitchen cabinets and counters, appliances, and sink and bath fixtures.”

“According to Ron Spoor, interim CEO and president of Habitat Pinellas, the homeowner candidates for the Henry-Bryan House are Bradford and Stephania Everett. Everett is a campus minister for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at St. Petersburg College. His wife, Stephania, is a student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. The couple currently resides in south St. Petersburg in a small rental house with their young son. The Everetts said they are honored to have the opportunity to own the historic home and enthusiastic that they will be able to continue living in south St. Petersburg. As part of the Habitat for Humanity program, the couple will purchase the house with a zero-interest mortgage after providing  350 sweat

equity volunteer hours and completing 14 homeowner classes.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of JMC Communities in making this opportunity possible,” said Spoor.”

On this location, JMC Communities is building a six-story condo project called Rowland Place near Beach Drive. It is planned to have 20 condos between 1,700 and 2,200 square feet each with the prices ranging between $500,000 and $800,000. The project is named after E.B. Rowland was a prominent St. Petersburg real estate broker at the turn of the 20th century.

Founded by J. Michael Cheezem in 1978, JMC Communities is a developer of  residential communities in Florida and South Carolina, specializing in single family homes, condominiums,  resorts and commercial enterprises. Some of the Tampa Bay area properties developed by JMC include the Ovation in downtown St. Petersburg, Sandpearl Resort, Mandalay Beach Club and Belle Harbor on Clearwater Beach,  The Grande and Meridian on Sand Key, and the Bellamy on Bayshore in Tampa.

I will keep you posted on the Rowland Place updates.

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