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.