A man turns tragedy into triumph rebuilding a Historic Kenwood home

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- A home previously portrayed in a negative spotlight due to crime and a fire is now getting attention for something positive.

A Historic Kenwood Neighborhood home now stands tall after being completely destroyed. The 1920's inspired bungalow symbolizes a new beginning for the owner Mitch Harrison.  

Mitch Harrison still gets emotional when he reflects on what he calls an execution style attack that took the lives of two of Harrison's friends and ended in the burning of the house that he once called home.

The man responsible is now in prison but Harrison says he'll never understand why he and his friends fell victim to this random violent act.

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"I do forgive a little, I'll never forget," said Harrison.  "He took away my friends. He took away my friends, he took away my home. Got my home back but I'll never get my friends back."

Since the incident Mitch has rebuilt a brand new home and said that the year long process has helped him heal.  It's his way of turning tragedy into triumph.

"When I started it the process I envisioned it and it's exactly what I want it to be," said Harrison. 

The 1920's era bungalow style home is everything Harrison imagined it would be. Custom built with hand picked finishing touches from the crown molding to the tile. Mitch's self designed home landed him a spot in Historic Kenwood's Bungalow Fest. 

"Mitch's home was an obvious selection for us the tragedy that hit Mitch last year was one we had never seen in the neighborhood it really brought us together," said John Seibert, Historic Kenwood President. 

Mitch continues to cope with the lose of loved ones and admits that his friends, family and Kenwood community that helps get him through. He says his new home proves that there's light at the end of the tunnel.

"I'm ecstatic to be on the tour this weekend it's...it's my opportunity to give back to the neighborhood what they have given to me over the last year," said Mitch.  "Their support and this is my way of saying thank you."

Historic Kenwood's Annual Bungalow Fest 2013 kicks off Friday evening November 1st and goes through Saturday November 2nd.  For more information on the event and how to get a tour of Mitch Harrison's home as well as the other highlighted homes visit the Historic Kenwood website. 





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