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.

FL Trust Day at the Coke Zero 400

A Private Suite, Food, Drinks…..
…..and a Historic Moment before
the Repaving of the Historic
Daytona International Speedway
Saturday, July 3, 2010
6 p.m.
$199 Per Person
Cash Bar Available
More information online at floridatrust.org/blog
For more information and to register,
please contact the Florida Trust at (850) 224-8128 or Online.
For hotel reservations, please call the Bahama House at
888-687-1894 and request a special rate for the Florida Trust.
Proceeds benefit the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

All Aboard for National Train Day!

Friends of Tampa Union Station is pleased to announce that the Historic Tampa Union Station will be the site of events for National Train Day, on Saturday, May 8, 2010. The event runs from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

National Train Day in Tampa will feature:
– Railroad equipment displays
– Operating model trains
– Live Music
– Special Guests
– History and railroading exhibits featuring items from the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library/ Burgert Brothers Photograph Collection, Tampa Bay History Center, Florida Railroad Museum, the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, City of Tampa Historic Preservation and Urban Design, National Association of Railroad Passengers, the Atlantic Coast Line & Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Society, Florida historical groups, Friends of Tampa Union Station, and others.

National Train Day celebrates America‘s love for trains with events across the country. This year marks the third annual celebration with large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

National Train Day marks 141 years of connecting travelers coast to coast and commemorates the day the first transcontinental railroad was created. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the golden spike was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, transforming America by creating the nation‘s first transcontinental railroad.

This event at Tampa Union Station is one of many which are happening simultaneously around the country. More than 140 local celebrations took place in 2009 and Amtrak expects even more in 2010.

National Train Day in Tampa is sponsored by the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, Friends of Tampa Union Station, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, the City of Tampa, and Amtrak. More information on National Train Day 2010 can be found at the www.nationaltrainday.com website and the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers website: www.fcrprail.org.

Friends of Tampa Union Station is an all-volunteer organization which advocates for the preservation of historic Tampa Union Station as both a landmark and transportation asset. The organization was founded in 2008 by a group of citizens eager to preserve Tampa Union Station‘s colorful past and to assure its future. Friends of Tampa Union Station, on the web at www.tampaunionstation.com, was founded in cooperation with the City of Tampa‘s Growth Management & Development Services Department—which administers Tampa‘s historic preservation program and owns and operates Tampa Union Station—and the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers.

Friends of Tampa Union Station has established a permanent endowment fund for the ongoing restoration of Tampa Union Station at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and raises funds for it through an engraved brick program and other initiatives. To date, over $31,000 has been raised for the endowment, helping to ensure that Historic Tampa Union Station is preserved for future generations to use and enjoy.

Preservation Roundtable Meeting – April 2010

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH AT 9:00 am at TAMPA UNION STATION. All Tampa Bay area preservation-interested residents are welcome to attend. Please contact TPI for any additional information.