About Tampa Preservation, Inc.

Tampa Preservation, Inc. (TPI) is a private, non-profit organization, established in 1973. TPI is dedicated to the preservation of the historic structures and neighborhoods of the Tampa Bay area and Hillsborough County, and to the education of the area's school children and residents about their unique heritage.

Office Location:
2007 N. 18th Street
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-5437

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 18061
Tampa, FL 33679


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Tampa, Then & Now

TC-logo-120This page links to posts from a really great web project, called Tampa Changing by Tampa native Bryan Weinstein. Bryan finds historic photos of buildings in the Burgert Brothers Collection, then locates the same site today and takes a matching photograph. Click on any of the posts on Tampa area buildings to see how things have changed, and how they’ve stayed the same. Information about how you can help, along with many more great images can be found at TampaChanging.com. There is also an app for smartphone users at : http://bit.ly/thennowapps.


  • Tampa Skyline Pano
    Aside from the Tampa Bay Hotel/University of Tampa, seen on the far left side of the photograph, not much else remains the same in the two photographs. The old Lafayette Street (Kennedy Blvd) Bridge can be seen crossing Hillsborough River in the foreground. In addition, in the historic photo, you can just make out Sacred […]
  • Lafayette Arcade
    The Lafatette Arcade, on the corner of Kennedy and Grand Central, was designed by famed Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott. The sign above the front door says “Children’s Dentist”. Notice the large clock on the side of the building as well as the decorative work in each of the second story arches in the historic […]
  • Snow Park
    Notice how Magnolia Ave, just outside of the arcade’s front door, has since been converted into Snow Park (the smallest public park in the country). Just off in the distance, you can see where Magnolia Ave has been split in two by the addition of the Crosstown Expressway. Notice the polar bear painted on the […]
  • 420 West Lafayette Street
    This building, which used to house insurance and real estate offices, has since been nicely restored and is now home to the Oxford Exchange.
  • Hensley-Stovall Arcade
    The Hensley-Stovall Arcade has changed tenants since this 1925 photo. The store on the left is now a women’s clothing exchange. The restaurant on the right is advertising Coca Cola, Poinsettia Ice cream, cigars, cigarettes, sandwiches, candy, and Italian spaghetti “prepared to take home”.
  • 506 Grand Central Avenue
    The former home of John McBride was knocked down long ago to make room for a parking lot. Notice the house on the left side of the historic photograph is still standing and the alleyway on the right side is now the entrance to the parking lot.
  • 408 W Grand Central Ave
    Aside from some taller palm trees and a fresh coat of white paint on the front doors, the First Church of Christ on Grand Central Avenue has changed little over the years.
  • St Pete Neon Signs
    I decided to drive all around St. Petersburg for a couple of evenings and photographs the area’s remaining neon signs. A few of the signs are new, such as the main “Welcome to St Petersburg” sign on I-275 or the “Beautiful Sunken Gardens” sign (which was made to look like the previous historic sign it […]
  • Streetcar at the Aquarium
    A Teco Streetcar in front of the Florida Aquarium.
  • Downtown Tampa at Night
    A view of Downtown Tampa at night.