Tampa Preservation, Inc. held its 26th Annual Preservation Celebration on May 4 in the University of Tampa Music Room. Seven Restoration/Renovation projects were awarded Preserved banners during the ceremony:
- 110 W. Amelia Avenue (Tampa Heights)
- 210 E. Gladys Street (Tampa Heights)
- 1210 E. Columbus Drive (Ybor City)
- 2506 N. 12th Street (Ybor City)
- 2707 N. 19th Street (Ybor City)
- 702 S. Delaware Avenue (Hyde Park)
- Beach Park Entry Arch (Beach Park)
Since several of the award winners were homes that had been relocated as part of the Tampa Interstate Study (TIS), the Ceremony began with an overview of the project. The TIS project preserved multiple buildings in the Ybor City, Tampa Heights, and West Tampa historic neighborhoods that were in the way of needed highway improvements.
The two-phase TIS project is one of the largest Federal Highway historic preservation mitigation projects in the country. Phase I consisted of the relocation of 35 historic buildings located along the I-4 corridor in Ybor City and West Tampa to save them from destruction. These 35 buildings were renovated by the Florida Department of Transportation and given to the City of Tampa. The homes were then sold to private homeowners with sales monies being used to create Revolving Loan and Grant Trust Funds administered by the Tampa Historic Preservation Department.
Phase II involves the relocation of 29 additional historic buildings in Ybor City and Tampa Heights. These buildings are given to the City of Tampa and sold to new owners with the provision that the exterior be rehabbed to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards within 2 years. Several of the award-winning projects are the completed renovation of relocated Phase II homes. Monies from the sale of the Phase II buildings are placed in a historic preservation fund to be used for City preservation projects. One of the first use of these funds was the repair of the Beach Park Entry Arch, which also received an award.
Photos of the winning projects with before and after images can be found at http://9ff.520.myftpupload.com/2010/05/2010-awards-presentation/.