Historic Roser Park was recognized by the City of St. Petersburg in 1987, as its first historic district. Meandering Booker Creek and beautiful Roser Park are at its center. The unique topography is an excellent setting for the diverse styles of architecture found in the neighborhood. Royal palms and regal old oaks are mixed in with a variety of lush tropical vegetation. Augusta brick streets and hex block sidewalks add to the historic feel of the district. The rustic block retaining walls are another period feature of the district.
The neighborhood is adjacent to I-275 and the downtown and is a convenient place to live as it is also near to shopping and Tampa Bay. It’s neighbors include the Bayboro District museums (Great Explorations – The Hands on Museum and the Dali Museum), hospitals (All Children’s Hospital and Bayfront Medical Center), the University of South Florida, the Nelson Poynter Institute and the Harborage. Historic Roser Park area was developed in the early teens by Charles M. Roser. Mr. Roser relocated to St. Petersburg after selling his famous Fig Newton Cookies to the National Biscuit Company; therefore, the neighborhood is often called the “Neighborhood a Cookie Built.” The Historic Roser Park Neighborhood was highly photographed in the 1920s on souvenir picture postcards. During this time, it was considered one of the most attractive residential developments in all of Florida. The Historic Roser Park Neighborhood was carefully planned to consciously preserve the natural beauty of the area. In the historic district, some homes are built into the hillsides. The homes have various styles. No two are exactly alike. They range from Colonial Revival, Prairie Style, Mediterranean and Spanish to various styles of bungalows.