The February meeting of the Preservation Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, February 5th at 9:00 am at the offices of TPI/Ybor Museum Society. All residents are welcome to attend.
The new Tampa, Then and Now app offers a journey back in time for iPhone and Android phone users. It allows mobile users the ability to compare more than 150 old photographs from the city to recent ones, taken from the exact same angle. After the success of several other ‘Then and Now’ apps, including Paris and Vancouver, Tampa visitors and residents can now too travel back in time!
“As a Tampa native, I wanted to see how the city has changed over the years. As a photographer, I wanted to photograph the area’s modern scenery. What was initially a quick snapshot soon turned into a methodical reproduction of scenes from all over the city” said Bryan Weinstein of www.TampaChanging.com, the creator and photographer of Tampa, Then and Now’s content, who partnered with the French company MyCityBefore to create the app.
Just like for the other cities’ app, the user first defines a notification range from the home screen which allows them to be automatically notified when getting close to an available “then and now” place. In the “find” tab, the user can locate the closest places using the list, map, or augmented reality views. They can also look directly for a specific place by using the search tool. One of the main features for each “then and now” place is the augmented reality tool, which allows users to superpose the old photograph on their phone’s camera to take their own “then and now” photo.
Users not only enjoy beautiful historic and modern photographs, but also brief anecdotes so they can learn more about the location’s history. The app’s content will evolve and expand as new historic locations are regularly added.
Tampa, Then and Now is now available for $1.99 and is available worldwide on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Then and Now apps for other cities are under construction, the next one being for Toronto.
To download the app, visit: http://bit.ly/thennowapps
Sweetheart Home Tour
Tour begins at the May-Stringer House Museum
$15.00 donation, food included
The tour includes the Lovelace Home, also known as the St. Anthony Catholic Church built in 1908. The home boasts the original stained glass windows, and it’s warmth and beauty will be a delight. A wine tasting, presented by Brooksville’s own Brookstone Wines will be on site.
Guests will then be treated to a tour of Saxon Manor, currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens. The Manor house was built in 1876 by Frank Saxon for his bride Tulula Hope. The tour will enable you to see the loving process of restoring a historic home.
After the tour, you will be treated to a specially prepared dessert while you enjoy a short lecture entitled “The Language of the Fan.” Victoria Jimmerson, dressed in period costume, will delight you as she demonstrates the Victorian art of the fan. Fans will also be available for purchase for your special someone. All proceeds generated from this tour will fund historical state markers designating the Chocachatti Prairie as a significant historical landmark. You may reserve your ticket by calling 813-470-0085. Spaces are limited, so please respond quickly to this “Sweetheart of a Tour.”
For more info please see: http://www.hernandopreservation.bravehost.com/events.html
Hop on the Jolley Trolley or put on your walking shoes for the second annual Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop on Thursday, March 7, 5-10 p.m., presented by the Ybor City Museum Society and Bright House. Enjoy food and beverages as you tour some of Ybor City’s beautiful historic buildings, each with its own architectural style and unique story. Join the fun by articipating in a scavenger hunt with prizes. The hop also includes an After Party in the garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park sponsored by Creative Loafing.
Start the hop either at Florida Business Interiors and Carne Chophouse at Centro Ybor or Stantec at 2205 N. 20th Street, both with convenient parking nearby. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Visit http://tinyurl.com/BuildingsAlive for hop details, or call 813.247.1434.
Buildings Alive! is presented in collaboration with participating buildings including Campo Engineering, DeCaroWillson, the Italian Club, Florida Business Interiors, Carne Chophouse, Stantec, Swope Rodante, USAmeriBank, Ybor Square, Ybor City Museum State Park and the 19th Street Casitas. Sponsors include Bright House Networks, Creative Loafing, USAmeriBank,
Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Florida State Parks, Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and Centro Ybor.
“An incredible 956 buildings were deemed of historic significance in 1990, making Ybor City, Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, the largest collection of cigar-related buildings in the world,” notes Elizabeth McCoy, YCMS Curator. “Each building has unique stories that are meant to be shared, along with their distinctive architectural styles” she continues.
“The Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop provides an opportunity to gain access to some of Ybor City’s most iconic buildings, once used as cigar factories, breweries, social clubs and mutual aid societies, an Italian bakery, a bank, and cigar workers’ homes,” comments Chantal Hevia, YCMS President. Tours and clues to the scavenger hunt will reveal “insider information”
about each building and how they are being preserved, restored and repurposed.
Advance tickets can be purchased at http://tinyurl.com/
The Ybor City Museum Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving, promoting and celebrating the unique cultural heritage of Ybor City and supporting the Ybor City Museum State Park.
Scott M. Deitche, author of 5 books on the mob including, Cigar City Mafia and The Silent Don: The Criminal Underworld of Santo Trafficante Jr., will lead a two hour long jaunt through Tampa’s Mafia history. The tour will take you to old gambling palaces, street corners and alleys where some mobsters met their demise, and restaurants where wise guys like famed boss Santo Trafficante Jr. held court. Sponsored by Cigar City Magazine, this one-of-a-kind walk through Tampa’s most storied neighborhood. They guarantee you’ll never look at Ybor City the same way again.
January 12 | February 16 | March 9 | April 6
The tour starts off from King Corona at 1523 East 7th Avenue in Ybor City.
Tickets must be purchased one day prior to the event.
To book your tour, go to the Cigar City Magazine website.