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:

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 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, Reprints are available from a local photographic studio.

The calendar can be ordered online through the Tampa Bay History Center online store at:

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

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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, 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.