Historic Homes Workshop 2013

HHWColorlogo_textWhat:        Tampa Preservation, Inc. Historic Homes Workshop
When:        April 27, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where:    1706 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33606
Cost:        Free for Tampa Preservation, Inc. members, $5 for non-members


It’s easy to fall in love with an old house. One look at their high ceilings, built in cabinets, large windows and deep porches set along grand tree lined streets and your heart is sold. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to know what to do when the house you fell in love with is in need of repair. To help smitten old house lovers, Tampa Preservation, Inc. is once again offering a one day Historic Homes Workshop to connect homeowners to experts who will share their knowledge of historic home renovation.

The theme for this year’s workshop is Maintaining the Old House with a focus on preventing future costly repairs.  With twelve workshops offered, maintenance topics will include Restoring Wood Windows, Foundation and Roof Repair, Appropriate Exterior Details as well as interior renovation topics such as Remodeling a Period Bath. A highlight this year will be a special workshop at Schiller’s Architectural Salvage on Incorporating Salvaged Materials in Home Decor. Admission to the workshop is free for Tampa Preservation, Inc. members and $5 for non-members. Lunch will be available for Workshop participants to purchase.

“We get a lot of calls at the TPI office for homeowners looking for professionals to help them with their historic homes from design issues to contractors to do the work,” observes Becky Clarke, TPI President. “This event will showcase local experts who will share their knowledge and hopefully give away some of their industry secrets.” In addition to the Workshops, a vendor display area will allow homeowners to meet and discuss their home projects with preservation-related businesses such as Through the Woods Fine Wood Floors (wood floor repair and refinishing), Wood Window Makeover (historic window repair) and Historic Shed (custom sheds for historic homes).

Interested in helping the event be a success by sponsorship or advertising opportunities? See http://9ff.520.myftpupload.com/tampa-preservation-programs/historic-homes-workshop/sponsor-the-historic-homes-workshop/ for info.



   A: Deferred Maintenance Nightmares by Scott Sidler of Austin Home Restorations

   B: The Beginning and the End – Foundations and Roofs by Robert Holsopple of Robert F. Holsopple Inc.

   C: Around the Old House by Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed


   A: Beautiful Bathrooms by Leigh Wilson Versaggi, AIA

   B: Outside the Old House – Rafters, Eaves, Soffits & Siding by Peter Carlin of Carlin Construction

   C: Repairing and Refinishing Wood Floors by Dennis Prieur of Through the Wood Fine Wood Floors

Lunch 12:00-1:00 Available from Destination Grill


   A: Managing Preservation/ Planning Your Project by Benjamin Buckley, Home Inspector

   B: Purposeful Painting by Jett Tanner of Tanner Paints

   C: Salvage Chic by Charlie Schiller of Schiller’s Architectural Salvage


   A: Choosing the Right Contractor by Jeffrey Danner

   B: Restoring Your Old Wood Windows by Steve Quilian of Wood Window Makeover

   C: Why Do We Persevere (strike that) Preserve by Lucy Jones of Cardno Entrix

Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Plant Museum

Plant Museum Grand HallExperience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 31st annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2012, 10 am to 8 pm daily.

Beneath towering silver minarets, an extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel captures the spirit of the season – Victorian style.  There are 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories.  While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in carolers singing, Charles Dickens, much loved toys and wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.

For those seeking tree-trimming inspirations, beveled crystals and prisms, masquerade masks, chess pieces, origami, men’s hats from the “Grand Tour”, and antique toys will grace this year’s Christmas trees.

Where’s Henry? is a game that ignites the passion for exploration in children and the young at heart. Strategically placed in each exhibit room, amid the myriad of decorations, is an image of Henry Plant, the founder of the Hotel.  Armed with a checklist, the adventure begins to see if they can locate his image in every room. If they are successful, they will receive a prize.

The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). Discount Days are December 3, 4,10, and 11 when admissions are reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths. Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.

The Museum Store has a huge selection of merchandise, from gorgeous ornaments to silver serving pieces and exquisite holiday accessories. The Museum Store also offers books, fragrances, jewelry, children’s toys, stationery, and home accessories. Enjoy shopping in a unique Victorian atmosphere: the Museum Store is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily and no admission is required.

Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.

The Christmas Stroll could not be possible without the generous support of: The Beck Group, Macy’s, Jacarlene Foundations, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation and The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com.

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age.  Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark.

2011 National Train Day Is May 7!

Celebrating the 142nd anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike of the transcontinental railroad between the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific.

Features this year include:

Amtrak equipment on display!

Exhibits! Operation Lifesaver, Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, City of Tampa Office of Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Burgert Brothers Collection of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Friends of Tampa Union Station, and others!

Operating Model Railroads! HO-scale trains from the Suncoast Model Railroad Club and N-scale trains from the H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society!

And more to be announced soon!



For more details, visit www.tampaunionstation.com and www.nationaltrainday.com

Presenting sponsors: Tampa Downtown Partnership, Friends of Tampa Union Station, and the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers

The Women of Ybor: 125 Years of Influence

On Friday, March 25, the Ybor City Museum Society will host festivities in two locations to celebrate the opening of a special exhibit, The Women of Ybor: 125 Years of Influence, at the Ybor City Museum State Park. The celebration, titled “Día y Noche” begins at 5:00 p.m. with a concert at the Centro Asturiano by noted pianist, Olga Kuehl-White who will perform España, Opus 165, a suite of six pieces by Spanish composer Albéniz. Presented by Carol and Terry Parssinen and sponsored by the Centro Asturiano, the concert is free and open to the public.

Immediately following the concert, festivities will continue from 6-10 p.m. just a few blocks away, in the Mediterranean-style garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park. Lissette Campos will serve as mistress of ceremony for a program of cultural entertainment, a special presentation, and a sneak preview of the exhibit. As the sun begins to set, “Noche” will begin with Salsa dancing lessons and upbeat Latin Music. Appetizers, beer, wine and other refreshments will be served. Admission is $10 for advance purchases at www.CLtampa.com/women and $15 at the door.

Sponsors include Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Pan American University Women, Hilton Garden Inn Ybor City, Spirit of Cigar City Krewe, Yuengling, UBS – SKS Wealth Management – Anthony Scaglione, RSA Architecture, Inc., Janice Law, Salsa Caliente Dance Studio, Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Creative Loafing, WMNF, Sign Solutions and Benedettos.

The Ybor City Museum Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving, promoting and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Ybor City and supporting the Ybor City Museum State Park. Funds raised from this event benefit the Ybor City Museum Society.

National Trust for Historic Preservation 2010 Conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its annual conference in Austin, TX. For info go to http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/training/npc/. The conference will be also offered for Virtual Attendees through live video, Twitter and blog posts.

Join hundreds of grassroots volunteers, skilled professionals, and preservation experts exploring preservation today — in urban and rural settings across the United States. Both conventional and the controversial issues that arise every day will be explored, and the most effective tools and practices for fostering preservation in any community will be shared.

Conference features include:

  • Daily general sessions complemented by in-depth breakouts permitting you to focus on your interests
  • Abundant interactive education sessions with lively audience participation
  • Field sessions highlighting Austin, the Texas Hill Country, and San Antonio
  • More learning units offering continuing education credits from AIA (HSW, SD, and general), APA (ethics, law, and general), and USGBC
  • A listing of approved sessions will be online once final, and in the final program distributed at the conference
  • Two days of Exhibit Hall, culminating in the Preservation Action Reception and Auction on Friday afternoon
  • “Nosh & Network” breaks in the Exhibit Hall
  • Preservation Bookstore
  • Mad About Mod Party on Friday night, including the live Preservation Action Auction

ReNew Tampa 2010

Courtesy Florida State Archives
RENEW TAMPA – CONFERENCE AND EXPO “Something Old + Something New + All Green”
A three day event to celebrate history and sustainability organized by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Architectural Heritage Committee and partner organizations, including Tampa Preservation, Inc.
Come experience the past as well as the future with Tampa’s best architects, designers, industry experts and preservationists through RENEW TAMPA. Learn sustainable practices to make Tampa a greener place to live while understanding the importance of preservation of our historic places. The three day RENEW TAMPA event will include a variety of displays, interactive seminars, educational lectures, a historic neighborhood tour, “Ask an Architect” and more. There will also be an interactive, educational play areas for the kids, continuing education opportunities for professionals and free consultations with architects, designers and consultants for your greening or preservation needs.

Unlike traditional trade shows, RENEW TAMPA will bring together designers, construction professionals and the general public to view new products, see prize winning examples of historic preservation and green building design and to learn from industry experts including:

  • What’s the greenest approach to renovating your bungalow?
  • How can you incorporate solar technology in restoring a cigar factory?
  • Where are your financial opportunities in renewing a historic downtown property?
  • All of these questions and more will be examined during the three-day conference.

The weekend will explore the intersection of architectural heritage, green technology, and building restoration. It will include a comprehensive, practical program of educational lectures, how-to workshops, industry exhibitors, and a historic neighborhood tour—all grounded in promoting good stewardship of historic structures, for today and tomorrow.

RENEW TAMPA will be held in the soon-to-be restored historic Trolley Barn Building located at 1910 N. Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. The 1911 building, which is a local historical landmark, was the trolley barn for the Tampa Electric Company, which operated the Tampa Electric Street and Railway Company.

Courtesy Florida State Archives
Streetcar at Ballast Point

The electric streetcar ran in Tampa from 1892 through 1946. The building is the last historic streetcar barn in the Tampa Bay area, and one of the few remaining in the country. Transportation exhibits will explore the present day plans for high speed rail and local rail systems and one of the original trolleys from Tampa’s original trolley system will be on display.

Event Dates and Times

RENEW Preview Kick-off Party

→ Friday, October 1 , 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ($25 per person)

Expo/ Workshops/ Seminars

→ Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ($8 in advance/ $10 at the door/ children under 12 FREE)

Tour of Tampa Heights Neighborhood

→ Sunday, October 3rd, Noon to 4:00 PM ($8 in advance/ $10 at the door/ children under 12 FREE)

Advance tickets are on sale on the RENEW TAMPA website or the Tampa Heights website.