Hop on the Jolley Trolley or put on your walking shoes for the second annual Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop on Thursday, March 7, 5-10 p.m., presented by the Ybor City Museum Society and Bright House. Enjoy food and beverages as you tour some of Ybor City’s beautiful historic buildings, each with its own architectural style and unique story. Join the fun by articipating in a scavenger hunt with prizes. The hop also includes an After Party in the garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park sponsored by Creative Loafing.
Start the hop either at Florida Business Interiors and Carne Chophouse at Centro Ybor or Stantec at 2205 N. 20th Street, both with convenient parking nearby. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Visit http://tinyurl.com/BuildingsAlive for hop details, or call 813.247.1434.
Buildings Alive! is presented in collaboration with participating buildings including Campo Engineering, DeCaroWillson, the Italian Club, Florida Business Interiors, Carne Chophouse, Stantec, Swope Rodante, USAmeriBank, Ybor Square, Ybor City Museum State Park and the 19th Street Casitas. Sponsors include Bright House Networks, Creative Loafing, USAmeriBank,
Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Florida State Parks, Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and Centro Ybor.
“An incredible 956 buildings were deemed of historic significance in 1990, making Ybor City, Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, the largest collection of cigar-related buildings in the world,” notes Elizabeth McCoy, YCMS Curator. “Each building has unique stories that are meant to be shared, along with their distinctive architectural styles” she continues.
“The Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop provides an opportunity to gain access to some of Ybor City’s most iconic buildings, once used as cigar factories, breweries, social clubs and mutual aid societies, an Italian bakery, a bank, and cigar workers’ homes,” 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.
Advance tickets can be purchased at http://tinyurl.com/BuildingsAlive at a significant discount.
The Ybor City Museum Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving, promoting and celebrating the unique cultural heritage of Ybor City and supporting the Ybor City Museum State Park.