Francis J. Kennard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Hillsboro Bank Building in Plant City
Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, New Hampshire as pictured on a 1920 postcard

Francis J. Kennard (March 15, 1865 - April 29, 1944[1]) was a prolific architect of many prominent buildings in Tampa, Florida. The public buildings he designed are often in the Neoclassical style. His work includes Hillsborough High School,[2] St. Andrews Episcopal Church,[3] and the Belleview-Biltmore Hotel.[4] Kennard employed the French Renaissance Revival style in his design for el Centro Español de Tampa as well as influences from Moorish Revival and Spanish Mediterranean Revival.[citation needed]

Kennard's expansion plan for the Boca Grande Hotel became the Gasparilla Inn.[5] At the opening, a contact he made later contracted for Kennard to design for the Colonial Theatre (Bethlehem, New Hampshire), called Art Deco although it predates that style's designated period.


Kennard's son Philip was born in Orlando on December 29, 1890 and eventually joined his father's firm as Francis J. Kennard and Son. The company designed West Coast Title Company headquarters in 1926 (now the Municipal Services Building (St. Petersburg). The St. Petersburg Times called them "pioneer architects of the west coast of Florida."

Philip Kennard established an independent practice in downtown St. Petersburg in 1938 at 302 Central Avenue. He designed the Carleve Hotel, Nautical Apartments and the Royal Theater (St. Petersburg) during the 1930s and 1940s. By the mid-1950s he was working on several Pinellas County schools including Northeast High School, Boca Ciega High School, 74th Street Elementary School and 16th Street Junior High School. Phlip Kennard died in St. Petersburg on September 18, 1956 and is buried at the Royal Palm Cemetery.[6][7]



  1. ^ Francis J Kennard gravesite
  2. ^ Hillsborough High School building Archived 2013-09-13 at the Wayback Machine. Hillsborough High School Retrieved May 6, 2010
  3. ^ Rajtar, Steve (2007). "The 1900s". A Guide to Historic Tampa. The History Press. p. 63. ISBN 1-59629-253-9. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  4. ^ "Florida – Pinellas County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  5. ^ a b history Gasparilla Inn
  6. ^ Historic Landmark Designation of the Royal Theater, 1011 2n2d Street South (HPC Case No. 00-03), ST. PETERSBURG CITY COUNCIL, Meeting of October 4, 2001
  7. ^ Architects of the Past, Renew Tampa October 1,2,3 2010 Architectural Heritage Committee
  8. ^ Rajtar, Steve, A Guide to Historic Orlando, page 154,