Ybor City Museum Presents Buildings Alive!

Tampa architectural tour

Hop on the Jolly Trolley or put on your walking shoes for the Buildings Alive! Architecture Hop on Thursday, March 1, 5-9 p.m., presented by the Ybor City Museum Society. Enjoy food and beverages as you tour some of Ybor City’s most beautifully restored historic buildings, each with its own architectural style and unique story. Join the fun by participating in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Free parking is available for the first 120 cars at Stantec, 2205 N. 20th St., Tampa, FL 33605. Starting point for Buildings Alive! is at either Stantec or the Ybor City Museum State Park. Purchase advance admissions for $20 at www.cltampa.com/BuildingsAlive. Admission at the door is $25. Visit www.ybormuseum.org or call 813.247.1434 for more information.

“A total of 84 buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” notes Elizabeth McCoy, YCMS Curator. “Additionally, 956 buildings were deemed of historic significance in 1990, making Ybor City the largest collection of cigar-related buildings in the world,” she continues. Each building has unique stories that are meant to be shared, along with their distinctive architectural styles.

“Buildings Alive! provides a chance to gain access to some of Ybor City’s most iconic buildings, once used as cigar factories, mutual aid societies, social clubs, breweries, medical clinics, cigar workers’ homes, and a neighborhood cafe” 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.

Buildings Alive! is presented in collaboration with Centro Asturiano, Cuban Club, Italian Club, Ybor Square, Don Vicente Inn, HCC Child Development Center, Stantec, Swope Rodante, Ybor City Museum State Park, and the 19th Street Casitas and Café. Sponsors include the Ybor City Development Corporation, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Bright House Networks, Creative Loafing, Swope Rodante, and RSA Architecture, Inc.

The Ybor City Museum Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving, promoting and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Ybor City and supporting the Ybor City Museum State Park.

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