Ybor City Featured on “Arts Plus”

Received this info in an email this morning from Cahntal Rullova Hevla, President of the Ybor City Museum Society:

Good morning,

Last evening, WEDU premiered a segment of their “Arts Plus” program that features Ybor City’s Architecture and history. In addition to the Ybor City Museum State Park, Swope Rodante, and Oliva Building, many vintage and current-day photos are included in the program. The WEDU production staff spent two days in Ybor City taking photos and filming the segment, which highlights our history as well as a broad range of architectural styles – from casitas to major buildings.

The 10-minute segment will run again on Sunday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It will soon be posted at wedu.org/artsplus.

Best regards,

Chantal

VM Ybor Historic Home Tour 2017

On Sunday, October 29 from 12noon – 4pm, the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association will host its Seventh 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.  The event features 8 unique homes, Cuscaden Pool, and a mural-filled Service Station turned live-work space.  While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they all still contain original elements that characterize the community. The self-guided tour will begin from Cuscaden Pool (2900 N. 15th Street), where guests will receive neighborhood maps and information on each of the featured properties.

QUICK FACTS

When: Sunday, October 29th 2017, 12noon to 4:00pm

Where: Self-guided tour starts at Cuscaden Pool Building – 2900 N. 15th 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

All proceeds to benefit the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association.

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

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.

Tour Ybor City’s Historic Buildings

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Ybor City’s historic buildings on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Many of the nearly 1,000 historically significant structures in Tampa’s National Landmark Historic District are run by private businesses, meaning you rarely get the chance to explore them. Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop is a tour of eight historic buildings that have been preserved, rehabilitated, or restored and adapted to meet modern needs.

Featured buildings for the Spring 2014 hop include: Carne ChopHouse, The Cuban Club, Design Styles Architecture, Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn, Florida Business Interiors, J.C. Newman Cigar Company, TMD Windows & Doors, and USAmeriBank. Each hop stop will provide a tour and refreshments.

Visit hop stops between 5-9 p.m. by riding a Jolley Trolley or strolling through the historic district. After hopping through Ybor City, enjoy live entertainment by Hot Sun, drinks and dessert at the After Party in the Ybor City Museum State Park Garden from 8-10 p.m.

Admission price is $35 per person until Feb. 28 when it increases to $45. Discounted tickets are available for Ybor City Museum Society members. To register, click on the link below or call (813) 247-1434.

REGISTER NOW

Help Save the Historic Cuscaden Pool

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On Thursday, January 23rd, the Tampa City Administration will be providing a cost estimate to City Council for modernizing Cuscaden Pool while retaining its historic features.  The current proposed plan is to retain the historic fabric of the exterior, and to build a brand new pool on the interior.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  

The V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association is asking you to contact your City Council members to advocate for funds to be allocated for the necessary repairs and upgrades to Cuscaden Pool.   You can assist by:

1.      Attending Council on Thursday, January 23rd to speak during the Public Comments section at 9:00am (315 E. Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Fl.)
2.      Emailing all Council Members
3.      Calling Councilman Frank Reddick, VM Ybor area councilman: (813) 274-8189 or any At-Large Council Member

Background: The historic Cuscaden Pool was once the well-used jewel of the V.M. Ybor community when it was built in 1937 as part of the WPA Program.  It was closed in the 1997 due to disrepair and then rehabilitated and restored in the mid-2000s thanks in large part to a federal grant and CIT funding ($2,600,000+). The official re-opening came in 2005 – much to the delight of residents.

Unfortunately, residents and stakeholders in the Central Tampa / V.M. Ybor neighborhood have not had access to this local, community pool since early 2010. The historic pool and community facilities, weight room, classrooms, and exercise rooms were open for just 5 seasons before being closed due to water infiltration and pool filtration problems.  In addition to the pool, this facility housed an after school program that was extremely beneficial to the families in our community.

The City Administration, after including Cuscaden Pool in past proposed budgets, has now eliminated the proposed funding for repairs.  Please take a moment to let City Council know that Cuscaden Pool is important to the V.M. Ybor community and is an important piece of Tampa history that should be repaired and returned to public use.

Ybor City Cigar Heritage Party

Come sit under the stars in the charming garden courtyard as you celebrate the rich history of cigars in Ybor City through this annual celebration presented by the Ybor City Museum Society.
Choose Your Experience

  VIP– $75 in advance/$85 at door

  • Exclusive hour of fun before the event opens to the general public
  • Open bar, including a specially curated selection of craft brew and signature dishes from Tampa Bay Brewing Company
  •  Hands on demonstrations andcigar rolling contest by Wallace Reyes
  • A Wallace Reyes limited editioncommemorative Cigar Heritage Party cigar to take home
  • Music by Acho Brother

  General Admission 

  $45 in advance/$55 at door

  • Food provided by Bernini andCarne Chophouse
  • Premium cigars 
  • Liquor Tastings
  • Music by Acho Brother
  • Cigar rolling demonstrations by Wallace Reyes
  • Silent Auction 
  • Book signing: Once Upon a Time in Tampa: The Rise and Fall of the Cigar Industry by Walter Reyes  

Registration: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=7tppyceab&oeidk=a07e8fyl2lf92893f18