Buildings Alive! Event

BA_FlyerHop 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 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 at a significant discount.

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.

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.

Grant Writing Workshops

The West Tampa Community Development Corporation and The National Institute for Strategic and Tactical Planning will host a free professional grant writing workshop in basic grant writing on:

  • January 19 , 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at West Tampa Library – 2312 West Union Street, Tampa, FL 33607.
  • January 25 , 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.
  • January 31 , 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.

(All classes are the same)


Staff, administrators, board members of non-profits, faith based organizations, government agencies and other tax-exempt status organizations.

Learn How To:

  • Describe the different types of grants
  • Describe the different types of grantors
  • Identify research tools available to the grant seeker
  • Describe the fundamental of grant writing
  • Describe the proposal writing process
  • Describe concept paper, letter of Intent, and letter of inquiry process
  • Identify grant terms

For more information, contact Michael Randolph at 813-857-7657. Seating is limited; please e-mail to confirm a seat and to attain an invitation and workshop packet. No one will be admitted without an invitation. (Please give date you plan to attend.)

Ybor City House for Sale by City of Tampa

2709 N. 19th St has been relocated, set on a new brick pier foundation, and rehabilitation started

The City of Tampa (“City”) is offering to sell one historic building located at 2709 North 19th Street (the “Property”) within the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area and Ybor City Local Historic District. The building is being sold “AS IS” and one Open House Event will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Proposer is required make a firm offer for the Property, submit an earnest money deposit equaling 5% of the offered purchase price, provide a completed and signed Land Sales Agreement and Project Proposal Form on the forms provided by the City by Friday, January 25, 2013, 4:00p.m. to the City of Tampa Purchasing Department, 306 E. Jackson Street-2E, Tampa, Florida 33602. The earnest money deposit will only be processed if the City approves the proposal for the purchase of the Property. Mark the outside of the sealed envelope “RFP Disposition of Historic Building – East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area or Ybor City Local Historic District ”.

If you have any questions, you may contact Wanda Thompson, City of Tampa Real Estate Contract Specialist by calling (813) 274-8915. More information can be found at:


VM Ybor Historic Home Tour

On October 28th, from 12noon – 4pm, the historic V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association will host its Fourth Annual Home Tour.
This “not so typical” home tour features the eclectic, diverse and historic V.M. Ybor community, a historic gem, tucked just north of Ybor City and minutes from downtown Tampa. The tour features 8 historic houses, a former brick grocery store being converted to an architectural design studio, and the last operating cigar factory in Tampa. It 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 Academy Prep Center of Tampa (1407 E. Columbus Drive), where guests will receive neighborhood maps and information on each of the featured properties.
All proceeds to benefit The Dream Center, Academy Prep Center of Tampa and the V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association.
Quick Facts
When: Sunday, October 16th 2011 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Self-guided tour starts at Academy Prep Center of Tampa – 1407 E. Columbus Drive and includes the entire V.M. Ybor neighborhood
Tickets: $8.00 per person in advance (on-line at ); $10.00 day of event
Information: or call Kim Headland (813) 263-7388

2012 Preservation Awards

Tampa Preservation, Inc.

invites you to attend

The 28th Annual

Preservation Celebration

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Preservation Awards ~ 7:00 pm
Followed by a Reception

Tampa Firefighters Museum
720 Zack Street

Complimentary to current TPI members
$25 non-members (provides 1 yr
individual TPI membership)

RSVP by May 18th
by mailing check payable to TPI
to P.O. Box 18061 Tampa, FL 33679
or email

or submit your membership using the link below:

Membership Levels