Sanborn Maps – Historic Fire Insurance Maps that show building footprints. Helpful in determining when built, subsequent additions and alterations, type of construction, uses, and, occasionally, business names. Digital copies are accessible through the Hillsborough County website and original copies are available at the main Tampa Library.
Burgert Brothers Photos – For information on this historic photograph collection Tampa buildings and society, see this blog post.
FSU Special Collections
Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Historical Society
Magazines, Websites, Discussion Boards/ Forums
American Bungalow – Lovely photos showcasing bungalow renovations around the US. The website also has an online Forum to discuss Bungalow renovations with other enthusiasts.
John Leeke’s Historic Homeworks – One of the best sources for serious preservation issues on the web with how-to books and videos. Also has a good online discussion board.
Old House Journal– Professional advice on everything related to old homes from paint color to kitchens, landscaping to tile to help with renovation. Also has an online discussion board and excellent product directory.
Old House Web – Ideas and Advice for old house enthusiasts with a very active Forum.
Period Homes – Includes a very comprehensive directory of preservation products and services.
This Old House – The popular PBS TV show brought to print. Tends to be less strict in its restoration focused than some of the other magazines, but an excellent source of information on repairs and maintenance of old homes.
The Craftsman Blog – Run by a Florida resident, the Craftsman Blog has weekly restoration and renovation tips for old house owners.
Histpres.com – A website for active preservationists listing jobs, current issues, and networking.
Association for Preservation Technology
National Center for Preservation Training and Technology
Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation
National Register of Historic Places
History & Preservation Resources
There are some amazing Tampa history blogs and sites on the web. Here are some we’ve gathered that will keep you fascinated for a while.
VM Ybor – National Historic Landmark District, National Register of Historic Places District and locally designated as the Barrio Latino Historic District.
West Tampa – Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ybor City – National Historic Landmark District, National Register of Historic Places District and locally designated as the Barrio Latino Historic District.
Outside Tampa City Limits
Bealsville – Founded by freed slaves who acquired the land through the Southern Homestead Act of 1866. Bealsville is named for Alfred Beal, a member of one of the founding families and prominent land owner. The Glover School at the heart of Bealsville is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is on the Florida Black Heritage Trail. The Glover School and the Beal-Holloman House are Hillsborough County designated landmarks.
Plant City Progress Village – Platted in 1958, Progress Village was constructed to provide homes for families dislocated from the Scrub neighborhood in Tampa during urban renewal and interstate construction. Less than a quarter of the planned 3,857 residences were constructed, but in 1960 the non-profit Progress Village, Inc., with its interracial board of trustees, was awarded the national Lane Bryant Service Award for outstanding contribution to community life.