History Hunt #2 w/ Answer

This castle-like brick building was demolished and a modern building now sits on the lot in downtown Tampa. Any guesses where it was? Can you imagine it in downtown Tampa still? What might it have been reused as today? Would it serve as a destination that locals and visitors would want to visit?


This is how the same site at the corner or Kennedy and Morgan in downtown Tampa looks today (via Google Earth images):

Incorrect image – see comments below for a link

City Preservation Openings

The City of Tampa is seeking applicants who would like to be appointed by City of Council to the Barrio Latino Commission, the Enterprise Zone Development Agency, and the Historic Preservation Commission. Deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday-December 3, 2010, in the Office of the City Clerk, Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Third Floor, Tampa, Florida.

The City Council of the City of Tampa has scheduled three-minute presentations by the applicants interested in being considered for one of these positions. The three-minute presentations are scheduled to be held on December 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. under Staff Reports and Unfinished Business during the regular session of City Council. The regular sessions of City Council are held in the Tampa City Council Chambers, Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Third Floor, Tampa, Florida.

More information is available on the City of Tampa’s website: http://www.tampagov.net/appl_tampa_Boards_and_commissions

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (813) 274-8397.

History Hunt w/ Answer

After seeing an interesting architectural game that the Preservation Resource Center was playing with New Orleans fans on Facebook, we thought we’d try a similar one here in Tampa. The game is a combination of architectural scavenger hunt where photos of architectural details are posted and fans guess which building the image comes from, and also a query using historic images of places that have been altered significantly over time (or even demolished). We will post an image a week and give clues as needed for the more difficult ones.

Our first image is of a building that has been demolished. Do you know where it was?

For the answer, go to http://www.tampachanging.com/gallery/azeele-and-hyde-park/. Many thanks to Bryan at Tampa Changing for going out and photographing this today (and for providing the historic photo).

Burgert Brothers 2010 Calendar

The Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc. and the Tampa Bay History Center are pleased to present the 13th edition of the historic photographic Burgert Brothers 2010 Calendar. The 2010 Calendar celebrates the 100th anniversary of the opening of the E. Regensburg & Sons cigar factory in Ybor City.

The Calendar cover sponsor is J.C. Newman Cigar Company – occupant of the factory since 1953 and the last of the great Tampa cigar factories. The cover features a 1951 Burgert photograph of the 100 year old building, also known as “El Reloj” because of its majestic clock tower. Monthly historic facts about the history of Tampa’s cigar industry are included on each month’s calendar.

The Burgert Brothers 2010 Calendar is the perfect holiday gift, and is available for sale at all Hillsborough County public libraries and at the Tampa Bay History Center for $5.00. The Calendar is also available at Barnes & Noble bookstores in Hillsborough County, Inkwood Books, and the H.B. Plant Museum. Proceeds from the sale of the Calendar benefit the Friends of the Library and the Tampa Bay History Center.

The Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection contains almost 15,000 images of the Tampa Bay area. Photographs from the late 1800s to the late 1950s provide a visual historic record of Tampa’s people and places. The collection is housed in the History & Genealogy Department of the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa, and is open to the public. The images are cataloged in the library’s collection and are available online through the Library’s Web page,http://www.hcplc.org/. Reprints are available from a local photographic studio.

The calendar can be ordered online through the Tampa Bay History Center online store at: http://tampabay.tamretail.net/

TPI Banner Awards Winners 2010

TPI Preservation Awards

Tampa Preservation, Inc. held its 26th Annual Preservation Celebration on May 4 in the University of Tampa Music Room. Seven Restoration/Renovation projects were awarded Preserved banners during the ceremony:

  • — 110 W. Amelia Avenue (Tampa Heights)
  • — 210 E. Gladys Street (Tampa Heights)
  • — 1210 E. Columbus Drive (Ybor City)
  • — 2506 N. 12th Street (Ybor City)
  • — 2707 N. 19th Street (Ybor City)
  • — 702 S. Delaware Avenue (Hyde Park)
  • — Beach Park Entry Arch (Beach Park)

Since several of the award winners were homes that had been relocated as part of the Tampa Interstate Study (TIS), the Ceremony began with an overview of the project. The TIS project preserved multiple buildings in the Ybor City, Tampa Heights, and West Tampa historic neighborhoods that were in the way of needed highway improvements.

The two-phase TIS project is one of the largest Federal Highway historic preservation mitigation projects in the country. Phase I consisted of the relocation of 35 historic buildings located along the I-4 corridor in Ybor City and West Tampa to save them from destruction. These 35 buildings were renovated by the Florida Department of Transportation and given to the City of Tampa. The homes were then sold to private homeowners with sales monies being used to create Revolving Loan and Grant Trust Funds administered by the Tampa Historic Preservation Department.

Phase II involves the relocation of 29 additional historic buildings in Ybor City and Tampa Heights. These buildings are given to the City of Tampa and sold to new owners with the provision that the exterior be rehabbed to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards within 2 years. Several of the award-winning projects are the completed renovation of relocated Phase II homes. Monies from the sale of the Phase II buildings are placed in a historic preservation fund to be used for City preservation projects. One of the first use of these funds was the repair of the Beach Park Entry Arch, which also received an award.

Photos of the winning projects with before and after images can be found at http://9ff.520.myftpupload.com/2010/05/2010-awards-presentation/.

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Exciting New Then and Now Webpage

Burgert Brothers Then & Now

Burgert Brothers Then & NowTPI is very pleased to have added a new Then and Now webpage featuring an exciting new project by Tampa native Bryan Weinstein. Bryan searches through the historic Burgert Brothers photograph collection for interesting shots of buildings, then locates the site and rephotographs it from the same vantage point and posts it on his beautiful Tampa Changing website. The photos are an interesting study in preservation and history; some properties have barely changed, while others are only barely recognizable after major renovations and additions.

Bryan has kindly allowed his collection to be fed into the TPI website, allowing you to see which photos he has recently rephotographed, and linking to the new images. Therefore you will be continually updated each time Bryan adds a new rephotograph to the collection. We look forward to seeing the evolution of Tampa through photos!

Bryan hopes the Tampa Changing project will become a collaborative effort, with volunteers helping to find suitable Burgert Brother photos in the Tampa-Hillsborough Library Collection, locating the place the photo was taken, and rephotographing the site. For more information on helping, see the Tampa Changing site.