Preservation Roundtable – June 2013

The Preservation Roundtable will meet at 9:00 AM, Wednesday June 5th in the conference room at the TPI/Ybor Museum Society Offices – 2009 N. 18th Street (Angel Oliva Sr. Street).
Linda Saul-Sena will be chairing the meeting.

National Train Day at Tampa Union Station

National Train Day

Friends of Tampa Union Station is announcing new features for National Train Day, which will be held at historic Tampa Union Station, Saturday, May 11. The National Train Day celebration runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

The preliminary schedule for National Train Day in Tampa features:

  •  Railroad equipment displays! Amtrak equipment open for tours!
  •  Operating model trains! HO-, G- and N-scale trains from the Suncoast Model Railroad Club, The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society, and others!
  •  Live Music! Busted Blues band, singer Ray Chiaramonte, and Rebekah Pulley!
  •  Food Trucks! Burger Culture and Bar B Que!
  •  History and railroading exhibits! Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library/Burgert Brothers Photograph Collection, Operation Lifesaver, the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, Atlantic Coast Line & Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Society, Tampa Bay History Center, City of Tampa Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Florida Railroad Museum, Friends of Tampa Union Station and more!

National Train Day celebrates America‘s love for trains with events across the country. This year marks the sixth annual celebration with large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

National Train Day marks 144 years of connecting travelers coast to coast and commemorates the day the first transcontinental railroad was created. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the golden spike was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, transforming America by creating the nation‘s first transcontinental railroad.

This year’s National Train Day at Tampa Union Station also commemorates the 15th anniversary of Union Station’s restoration and reopening to the public in 1998. More information on National Train Day 2013 can be found at Friends of Tampa Union Station website, www.tampaunionstation.com.

Friends of Tampa Union Station is an all-volunteer organization which advocates for the preservation of historic Tampa Union Station as both a landmark and transportation asset. The organization was founded in 2008 by a group of citizens eager to preserve Tampa Union Station’s colorful past and to assure its future.

Friends of Tampa Union Station has established a permanent endowment fund for the ongoing restoration of Tampa Union Station at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and raises funds for it through an engraved brick program and other initiatives.

Historic Hillsborough Lodge and Temple Tour and Dinner

MasonicTempleThis is one of those buildings that you’ve passed a million times and always wanted to go in! Thanks to the Tampa Downtown Partnership, you’ll now get your chance. Check out some interior photos here. Cafeteria-style dinner followed by ample time to view the Library, Club room, Eastern Star Room, and the various displays.  Photography is encouraged! Click here for more info about this Freemason’s Lodge dating back to 1850. Click here to register.

Preservation Roundtable – March 2013

Tampa Preservation, Inc. LogoThe Preservation Roundtable will meet on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM in the Conference Room at the Ybor Museum Society/TPI offices – 2008 N. Angel Oliva Sr. St. (18th St.). All preservation-minded residents are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the TPI office or send an email. Linda Saul- Sena will be chairing the meeting this month.

Old Seminole Heights Historic Home Tour

Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood logoThe Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association and Old Seminole Heights Preservation Consortium, Inc. will present the 15th Annual Seminole Heights Home Tour on Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 11:30am to 5:00pm.

The Old Seminole Heights Annual Home Tour is the best attended neighborhood home tour in the Tampa Bay area, typically attracting up to 1000 visitors each year. Our neighborhood has been featured in national publications such as American Bungalow and Old House Journal where it was designated the best historic neighborhood in the Southeast. We expect to have coverage of Seminole Heights in the March issue of Southern Living.

Visitors will be invited into neighborhood homes for the 15th Annual HomeTour which will be showcasing original homes which have been carefully restored and modernized. The goal of the 2013 Home Tour is to showcase our entire beautiful and historic neighborhood, and to share with others how vintage historic structures can be adapted to 21st century living. This year will include homes from some of our sister neighborhoods, Hampton Terrace and Southeast Seminole Heights. We encourage Tour Attendees to make time to visit the shops and restaurants in Seminole Heights.

As one of Tampa’s first suburbs, Seminole Heights was platted in 1911, shortly after a trolley line connected the neighborhood to downtown Tampa. The neighborhood includes two National Register Historic Districts and one Local Historic District and contains examples of almost all of the early and mid- twentieth century architectural styles. The Tour is designed to allow visitors the opportunity to see nearly every section of this historic neighborhood and to enjoy the tree lined streets and avenues.


The 2013 Home Tour will begin at the beautifully restored Seminole Garden Center at 5800 North Central Avenue. Drive, walk, bicycle or enjoy a ride on the Jolley Trolley through this beautiful urban neighborhood nestled in the heart of Tampa. Trolley routes start at the Garden Center and Bike Route maps are available.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15.00 at the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association website www.oldseminoleheights.org and at the Cleanse Apothecary, 5127 North Florida Avenue or Three Coins Restaurant 7410 North Nebraska Avenue via cash or check. We will also have tickets available at the Seminole Heights Sunday Market February 9, 2013 and March 9, 2013. Look for us at the Greater Seminole Heights Neighborhood Associations booth. Tickets will be $20 day of tour with last tickets sold at 3:30 p.m.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Francis House. OSHNA has funded many neighborhood projects over the years including the planting of Oak trees along Central Avenue in front of Hillsborough High School and new goal  posts for the citywide Soccer Field at Henry and Ola Park.

For more information about the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association or the Annual Home Tour visit our website at www.oldseminoleheights.org

QUICK FACTS:

What: Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association 15th Annual Home Tour

When: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Throughout Seminole Heights. Tour starts at Seminole Garden Center, 5800 N. Central Ave.

Tickets: $15.00 in advance: www.oldseminoleheights.org and at Cleanse Apothecary, 5127 North Florida Avenue or Three Coins Restaurant 7410 North Nebraska Avenue via cash or check and at the Seminole Heights Sunday Market 02/09/2013 and 03/09/2013 in Greater Seminole Heights Neighborhood Associations booth. $20 Day of Tour.

Information: Call 813-361-8307 or www.oldseminoleheights.org