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.

Something for Every Old House Lover at ReNew Tampa

 

Renew Tampa – A 3-day exploration of historic preservation, green design and good planning, takes place October 1st through 3rd at the historic Trolley Barn, 1910 N. Ola Avenue in Tampa Heights. An Expo, a film festival, demos and seminars, Ask an Architect and an interactive educational play area for the kids are just a few of the activities planned by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the second Renew Tampa event.

A highlight of Renew is Saturday’s keynote speech by Tom Murphy, former three-term mayor of Pittsburg, and a senior fellow at the national Urban Land Institute.  Murphy will share his insight on how rail could affect Tampa’s future.
Renew Tampa will provide the public access to information and resources in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere,” said Gus Paras, architect and program founder.  “Whether you are a home-owner who wants to “green” your home, or someone who wants to learn more about the future of our city, we will have seminars, films and professionals on hand as a resource.

Renew kicks off with a reception Friday evening, October 1st, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm featuring a preview of the expo and live jazz music.  Tickets are $25.  On Saturday, October 2nd, 10 am to 4 pm, the Renew Expo and Conference will feature 30 + exhibitors, seminars, films, demonstrations, opportunities to Ask an Architect, several rail-related exhibits and the children’s play area, all for only $8 in advance or $10 at the door.  Sunday, October 3rd, 1 pm to 5 pm, the Tampa Heights Civic Association will hold their Tour of Homes.  Tickets for the home tour are $8 advance or $10 day of.  Combo tickets for the expo and tour are available for $15 advance or $20 after October 1.
More information and tickets are available at www.renewtampa.com, or by calling 813-229-3411.

Summary of Event Dates and Times
Renew Preview Kick-off Party featuring the Blake High Jazz Ensemble
Friday, October 1st from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Trolley Barn, $25 per person.
Renew Extravaganza (Expo/ Workshops/ Seminars/Films/Keynote Speech)
Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Trolley Barn, $8 in advance / $10 at the door / children under 12 Free.
Tampa Heights Home Tour by the Tampa Heights Civic Association
Sunday, October 3rd, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
Combo Tickets for Renew Extravaganza and Heights Tour
$15 advance / $20 at the door

About Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy, the former mayor of Pittsburgh, specializes in public policy, retail/urban entertainment, transportation/infrastructure, housing, real estate finance and environmental issues.  Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh.  Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space.

About AIA Tampa Bay
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional association for architects and those in the architecture field.  AIA Tampa Bay is the regional chapter representing approximately 650 members in west central Florida.   The AIA provides programs and services including educational programs, design competitions, community service programs and serves as the united voice of the architecture profession.  The regional chapter office is located at 200 N. Tampa Street, ste. 100 in downtown Tampa.

About the Film Festival
Six different short films about Tampa’s history and architecture will be shown throughout the day.  The films cover the history of Tampa Bay, Florida Southern College’s campus, which contains the world’s largest single site collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; documentaries on historic Hyde Park and their beautiful bungalows, as well as a film about historic Seminole Heights. Titles include “History of Tampa Bay”, “Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings on the Campus of Florida Southern College”, “Photographs & Memories: A Hyde Park Reflection”, “Celebrate the Bungalow: Hyde Park”, “Seminole Heights – An Intimate Look at the Early Years”

About the Historic Venue
RENEW TAMPA will be held in the soon-to-be restored historic Trolley Barn Building located at 1910 N. Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. The 1911 building, which is a local historical landmark, was the trolley barn for the Tampa Electric Company, which operated the Tampa Electric Street and Railway Company.
The electric streetcar ran in Tampa from 1892 through 1946. The building is the last historic streetcar barn in the Tampa Bay area, and one of the few remaining in the country. Transportation exhibits will explore the present day plans for high speed rail and local rail systems and one of the original trolleys from Tampa’s original trolley system will be on display.

Oldest House in Tampa for Sale

Oldest house in Tampa

Oldest house in TampaMany thanks to James Singleton for letting TPI and others at the Preservation Roundtable meeting know that what may be the oldest house in Tampa is up for sale. Located at 3210 E. 8th Avenue, the house was built in 1842, at the tail end of the Second Seminole War. It was originally built by a Dr. Stringer, and in 1914, bought by Imbodin Stalnaker who had it disassembled and transported to the town of Gary, where it remains today. The Gary Post Office was established in 1898 and the official plat was filed in 1903. The City of Gary was incorporated between 1915 to 1919 and was annexed by the City of Tampa in 1923.

The house has been altered over the years but the overall form is intact. The asking price has been reduced to $22,000. Ideally it would be purchased by someone who appreciates the history of the house and would restore it.

For some interesting research on this house, please see this post on the Tampanian blog.

TPI Memberships

In an effort to make paying for your annual TPI membership easier, we have added a PayPal payment button to our website. PayPal is an easy and secure method for sending and receiving funds on-line. You do not have to sign up for a PayPal account in order to to use this payment method. The button is located on the sidebar of each page, as well as on the Membership Page. A printable TPI MEMBERSHIP FORM is also available if you prefer to mail your membership check in.

Memberships give TPI a stronger voice when advocating for the preservation of Tampa’s irreplaceable historic resources  and helps fund our Preservation Programs. Benefits of Membership include:

  • Subscription to our quarterly newsletter, Cornerstone
  • Complimentary ticket(s) to our Annual Awards Presentation and Reception
  • Discounted or free tours and workshops
  • The knowledge that you are supporting the preservation of the historic resources that make Tampa a unique place

Threatened Historic Kress Block

Newberry and Kress Historic Buildings

Newberry and Kress Historic Buildings

At its Thursday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. Regular Meeting, the Tampa City Council will vote on whether to approve a resolution that will dissolve an agreement between the City and Kress Square, the owner of the block that includes the Landmarked Kress Building and the adjacent Woolworth Newberry Buildings. At the request of Mayor Pam Iorio, the City and the property owners have worked together to draft a Mutual Termination of a Memorandum Summarizing Development Review Process for the Kress Block.

The 2006 Memorandum is an agreement between the City and the property owners that summarized the specific criteria and that review process to be applied in carrying out the terms of the block’s zoning. The zoning conditions for this block state that the northwestern corner storefront portion of the façade of the JJ Newberry Building, which fronts both Franklin Street and Cass Street, and the southwestern corner storefront portion of the façade of the Woolworth Building, which fronts both Franklin Street and Polk Street, both would be incorporated into the Kress Square Development, effectively preserving the historic façades of these buildings. The 2006 Memorandum details the distinctive features of the façades and outlines how they are to be preserved.

The façades of the Woolworth and Newberry Buildings were designated as Landmarks in March 2006, along with the Kress Building, but the City Council rescinded the façades’ designations as part of the 2006 Memorandum agreement. This was a compromise agreement proposed by the owners and agreed to by City Council, to the dismay of many preservation proponents. While façade preservation has been a trend around the nation over the past decade, it is less preferable than the preservation and reuse of the entire historic building. The Kress Building remains protected by its Landmark status.

The Art Deco façades of the Woolworth and Newberry Buildings are unique in downtown Tampa. Along with the Woolworth Building’s architectural significance, it is notable for its role in African-American history. The Woolworth lunch counter, along with the counter at the W.T. Grant store, was the site of civil rights sit-in protests in 1960.

Note that this is not a public hearing item on the Council’s agenda, so those wishing to speak to this item should be present for the public comments at the beginning of the meeting. For more information about the City Council, including current members contact information and agendas, go to http://www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Council/.

For local news coverage of this topic please see the following articles:
Tampa council to revisit issue of Woolworth, Newberry buildings
Preservation of Woolworth facade sparks a battle
Long hard road: The evolution of Tampa’s Franklin Street
Free Kress block of harmful mandates
The cost of keeping facades
Kress Owners Ordered To Fix Site
Crumbling Kress Building Stressed By Code Violations