VM Ybor Historic Home Tour 2015

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On Sunday, October 25th from 12 noon – 4 pm, the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association will host its Sixth Annual Home Tour. The V.M. Ybor neighborhood was named for Vicente Martinez Ybor, the Spanish founder of Ybor City’s Cigar Industry. A true gem tucked just north of Ybor City and minutes from downtown Tampa.

This “not so typical” home tour features the eclectic, diverse and historic V.M. Ybor community. With 8 unique homes, Ybor’s last operating cigar factory, and a 200 square foot “tiny house”, the tour will be sure to please local Tampa residents, historians, and visitors alike. While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they all still contain original elements that characterize our unique community. The self-guided tour will begin from the J.C. Newman Cigar Factory (2701 N. 16th Street), where guests will receive neighborhood maps and information on each of the featured properties.

As a Bonus

Attendees will be able to learn about wood window repair directly from master craftsman Steve Quillian, owner of Wood Window Makeover. He will be demonstrating key steps to rehabilitating wood windows at one of the featured homes. Steve is a recognized expert and master craftsman, completing preservation projects as far west as Texas and as far north as Kentucky.

QUICK FACTS

When:  Sunday, October 25th 2015 12noon to 4:00pm

Where:  Self-guided tour starts at the J.C. Newman Cigar Factory – 2701 N. 16th Street and includes the entire V.M. Ybor neighborhood

Tickets:  $10.00 per person in advance (online at www.vmyborhometour.com ); $15.00 day of event

Information: www.vmyborhometour.com or call Kim Headland (813) 263-7388

All proceeds to benefit the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association.

Historic Hillsborough Lodge and Temple Tour and Dinner

MasonicTempleThis is one of those buildings that you’ve passed a million times and always wanted to go in! Thanks to the Tampa Downtown Partnership, you’ll now get your chance. Check out some interior photos here. Cafeteria-style dinner followed by ample time to view the Library, Club room, Eastern Star Room, and the various displays.  Photography is encouraged! Click here for more info about this Freemason’s Lodge dating back to 1850. Click here to register.

Brooksville History Events

Feel like getting out of town for a day? Try heading up ton Brooksville on February 16th for two historic events. The architecture and history of Brooksville will be on display at some wonderful historic homes.
HERNANDO HERITAGE DAY FESTIVAL
at the Historic May-Stringer House Museum
601 Museum Court, Brooksville, FL 34601
February 16th, 9am-3pm
Come see the history of Hernando County
in the pre-Civil War Era, 1800-1860
Free admission

Sweetheart Home Tour

 Tour begins at the May-Stringer House Museum

601 Museum Court, Brooksville, FL 34601
February 16th, 2:30pm

$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.

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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

Mafia Tour of Ybor City

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.

Tour Dates:

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.

V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Historic Home Tour

On Sunday, October 16th from 11am – 5pm, the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association will host its Third Annual Home Tour. V.M. Ybor is located just north of Ybor City and has held an important place in Ybor history since its inception. Home to over 3,000 residents, the neighborhood is rich in history and within walking / biking distance to Ybor City and downtown Tampa.

This “not so typical” home tour features the eclectic, diverse and historic V.M. Ybor community. With 8 gorgeous houses, along with the last operating cigar factory in Tampa, the tour will be sure to please local residents, historians, and visitors alike. While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they all still contain original elements that characterize our unique community. The self guided tour will begin from the Academy Prep Center of Tampa (1407 E. Columbus Drive), where guests will receive neighborhood maps and information on each of the featured properties.

As a Bonus
Academy Prep (the former VM Ybor Grammar School) will be the registration point and will be open for visitors to catch a glimpse into the southern anchor of our historic neighborhood – the school where many children first learned English at the turn of the century. It has been beautifully restored and is utilized as a privately funded Middle School. And… Home Encounter, located in a relocated historic grocery store, will serve as this year’s “rest stop” complete with Michele Faedo’s Food Truck for authentic Ybor snacks (think amazing deviled crab and Cubans)!

Quick Facts
When: Sunday, October 16th 2011 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Self-guided tour starts at Acedmy Prep Center of Tampa – 1407 E. Columbus Drive and includes
the entire VM Ybor neighborhood
Tickets:
$8.00 per person in advance (online at http://www.vmybor.org/calendar/annual-home-tour )
$10.00 day of event

All proceeds to benefit the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association and bettering our community

Historic VM Ybor Home Tour

Tampa Home Tour

Tampa Home TourOn October 17th, the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association will be hosting its Second Annual Home Tour. VM Ybor is located just north of Ybor City and has held an important place in Ybor history since its inception. Home to over 3,000 residents, the neighborhood is rich in history and is within walking distance to the Ybor City commercial core.

With 8 houses and an institutional building in the historic VM Ybor neighborhood to be featured, the tour will be sure to please local Tampa residents and visitors alike. Designed to cover all corners of the neighborhood, attendees will be welcomed into a diverse range of homes and gardens with varying architectural styles. While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they still contain original elements that characterize this unique community. For more information, see the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association website.

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.

Old Seminole Heights 12th Annual Home Tour

Visit over 10 beautiful homes in the Seminole Heights historic neighborhood this Sunday, April 18th from 11:30 to 5:30.  Both historic and new homes are on the tour representing both the past and present.  Tours will start at Hillsborough High School, 5000 Central Ave, Tampa. Tickets are $10 in advance online at www.oldseminoleheights.org or you can buy your tickets for $15 the day of the Tour, at Hillsborough High School. Biking routes are provided as well.
Money raised by the tour is spent on community building events like picnics, concerts, and pot lucks as well as  funding neighborhood preservation efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life in the area. 

Historic Hyde Park Annual Home Tour

Hyde Park is one of the largest and most cohesive collections of early 20th century residential architecture in the United States. The buildings in Historic Hyde Park generally date from 1900 to 1930, and encompass a wide variety of architectural styles.  Historic Hyde Park, particularly the area west of Rome Ave, has a large concentration of bungalow type homes, eleven of which will be featured in the upcoming Historic Home Tour this Saturday, March 6, 2010. In coordination with the Home Tour, Historic Hyde Park has created a video and a related exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.  Both are entitled “Celebrate the Bungalow in Historic Hyde Park.”

Video
While the overall focus of the video is area architecture, the bungalow is the highlight of the show.  The video uses examples from homes in the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood to illustrate the characteristics typical in a bungalow.  The video will be shown at CineBistro four times the day of the tour. The video will be provided to area residents in CD format  as well as regional preservation groups and media.   
Exhibit at Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center
To further expand awareness of the unique characteristics of our neighborhood, Historic Hyde Park will have an exhibit in the Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center during March 2010.  The focus of the exhibit will also be on the history of the neighborhood and the characteristics of the bungalow.
For more information, please go to the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood website.