Ybor City Museum Presents Buildings Alive!

Tampa architectural tour

Hop on the Jolly Trolley or put on your walking shoes for the Buildings Alive! Architecture Hop on Thursday, March 1, 5-9 p.m., presented by the Ybor City Museum Society. Enjoy food and beverages as you tour some of Ybor City’s most beautifully restored historic buildings, each with its own architectural style and unique story. Join the fun by participating in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Free parking is available for the first 120 cars at Stantec, 2205 N. 20th St., Tampa, FL 33605. Starting point for Buildings Alive! is at either Stantec or the Ybor City Museum State Park. Purchase advance admissions for $20 at www.cltampa.com/BuildingsAlive. Admission at the door is $25. Visit www.ybormuseum.org or call 813.247.1434 for more information.

“A total of 84 buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” notes Elizabeth McCoy, YCMS Curator. “Additionally, 956 buildings were deemed of historic significance in 1990, making Ybor City the largest collection of cigar-related buildings in the world,” she continues. Each building has unique stories that are meant to be shared, along with their distinctive architectural styles.

“Buildings Alive! provides a chance to gain access to some of Ybor City’s most iconic buildings, once used as cigar factories, mutual aid societies, social clubs, breweries, medical clinics, cigar workers’ homes, and a neighborhood cafe” comments Chantal Hevia, YCMS President. Tours and clues to the scavenger hunt will reveal “insider information” about each building and how they are being preserved, restored and repurposed.

Buildings Alive! is presented in collaboration with Centro Asturiano, Cuban Club, Italian Club, Ybor Square, Don Vicente Inn, HCC Child Development Center, Stantec, Swope Rodante, Ybor City Museum State Park, and the 19th Street Casitas and Café. Sponsors include the Ybor City Development Corporation, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Bright House Networks, Creative Loafing, Swope Rodante, and RSA Architecture, Inc.

The Ybor City Museum Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving, promoting and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Ybor City and supporting the Ybor City Museum State Park.

Preservation Roundtable – February 2012

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, February 1st at 9:00 am at Tampa Union Station, 2nd floor conference room. Anyone interested in historic preservation issues in Hillsborough County is invited to attend. For more information, call the Tampa Preservation, Inc. office.

2012 TPI Preservation Awards Applications

NOTE: Application deadline has been extended to March 12, 2012.

Tampa Preservation, Inc. is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Preservation Awards. Projects can be nominated in the following categories:

RESTORATION/REHABILITATION

  • Residential buildings built before 1962
  • Commercial buildings built before 1962
  • Structures: bridges, monuments, sculptures, etc. before 1962

The guidelines for the awards include consideration of sensitivity to the historic integrity of the site following the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Rehabilitation. Preference is given to exterior restoration projects that exemplify Tampa Bay’s cultural, historical, and architectural heritage. The evaluation focuses on whether the significant features of the building are retained, whether changes are compatible with the architectural style of the building and whether original materials are restored or replaced with similar kind and finish. Although the building need not be renovated to “museum quality,” review will be based on the overall quality of the renovation taking into consideration that a building may be adapted for modern life while remaining true to its architectural style. Review will consider not only the building but also the site including outbuildings, fencing, paving materials and landscaping.

Winners in this category receive a banner to display on their building.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT
This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the preservation of historical resources in Tampa and Hillsborough County by an individual. The award nomination will be based on outstanding achievement for a significant project or for a lengthy period of dedication to preservation activities. Nominations may be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee.

ORGANIZATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in preservation activities by a group, business, neighborhood or other organization in Tampa and Hillsborough County. The award nomination will be based on outstanding achievement for a significant project or for a lengthy period of dedication to preservation activities. Nominations may be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OR PROJECT
The types of educational projects that will be considered in this award category include books, brochures or other publications; videos; and educational training programs f. The award nomination will be evaluated based on the impact of the program on the intended audience and the quality of the project.

Applications are due on or before February 29, 2012. NOTE: Application deadline has been extended to March 12, 2012.

Download a TAMPA PRESERVATION 2012 Awards Application form.

See previous winning projects, please go to the TPI Preservation Awards page.

Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Committee Forming

In December 2011, the County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted the “Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program” to promote historic preservation, heritage tourism, and related economic development within Hillsborough County (both incorporated and unincorporated areas). Available grant funds will be awarded to selected applicants on a minimum of 1:1 matching basis, not to exceed an award of more than of $250,000 per applicant, per project in any county budget year. For more info on the grant see Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program.

Hillsborough County Commissioners are now seeking residents to serve on several County citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointment must be registered voters in Hillsborough County. These are voluntary positions, and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board, but may only serve on one board at a time.

The deadline for applying is February 9, 2012. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in March or April, 2012.

An application is available in the Commissioners’ reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa; by calling the Boards and Councils Coordinator at 813-272-5826; or on the County’s website at: www.hillsboroughcounty.org. Click on the “County Commission” link on the left-hand side of the page, then the “Advisory Boards and Committees” sublink. The “Application Questionnaire For County Appointments” is in the middle of the page. The form can be filled out, and then scanned and emailed, faxed, hand-delivered or mailed.

If you apply to a Board that requires a background check, you must also submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form, which also is available on the website. Forms must be signed and dated. Additional directions for submission are listed on the form.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM, GRANT REVIEW COMMITTEE–newly created committee that will review grant applications submitted in response to two annual grant application periods for the County’s Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program.  Committee will rank and prioritize the applications and make funding recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.

There are nine positions.  Terms are for two years.  No member shall serve more than two successive terms.  At least three members must be residents of the cities of Temple Terrace, Tampa and Plant City, with the reminder of the members residing in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  Members should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation; architecture; heritage tourism, destination marketing; marketing and economic development; landscape architecture; and interior design.  Meeting schedule: To be determined.

For more information, contact Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, at 813-272-5826.

Request to Demolish the Belleview Biltmore Hotel Submitted

Residents of the Town of Belleair are seeking help against the request to demolish the grand wood-framed 4-1/2 story hotel built for Henry Plant in 1896. Current owners want to demolish the hotel and guest cottages and build condominiums on the site. You can support area residents in their efforts to preserve this unique part of Florida’s history by attending the Tuesday January 17, 2011 Belleair Town Meeting at  7:30 p.m. at the Belleair Town Hall, 901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. If you are unable to attend the meeting, make your opinion known by sending emails to local officials (see contact info here). In addition, preservationists ask the following:

Unfortunately KAWA (the current owner) has absolutely no interest in restoring the hotel themselves and is currently trying to sell it since they bought it.   Currently KAWA has plans to build 180 townhomes after demolishing the Biltmore.  There is a long legal process including rescinding the 2005 preservation ordinance that would have to take place for this to happen, BUT the important fact is that Belleair officials need to know citizens STILL want the Biltmore saved.

If you know of any investors, developers, hoteliers or real estate companies to contact to purchase the hotel OR if you know of investors who might be willing to help other investors in the renovation process, let me know as soon as possible!  We have spent a lot of time writing to possible investors, but we need YOUR help also again at this time to help save the Biltmore since the current owners unfortunately have NO interest in renovating this magnificent hotel!

Please, please contact any realtor in your area or email them from the web and let them know the Biltmore is in urgent need of a buyer.  Mention our web site www.savethebiltmore.com so they can contact us.

Our goal would be to help put together a team of investors to save the hotel in case one buyer does not have sufficient investors for its renovation in these challenging economic times.

The hotel offers an opportunity for the area to have a unique destination that would be an economic boon to the town if the right investor steps forward. Additional way you can help are also found on the www.SavetheBiltmore.com website as well as some background history.

News story from the Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/article1209820.ece with some more information.

2012 Florida Trust Most Endangered Applications

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationKnow of a historic resource that we are in danger of losing through development pressure, demolition by neglect, or other means? Nominate it to the 2012 Florida Most Endangered list to help raise public awareness and hopefully save the resource. All applications are accepted online only.  The deadline for the Program Nominations is February 29, 2012. Tampa’s unprotected cigar factories have made past lists.