Ybor City Featured on “Arts Plus”

Received this info in an email this morning from Cahntal Rullova Hevla, President of the Ybor City Museum Society:

Good morning,

Last evening, WEDU premiered a segment of their “Arts Plus” program that features Ybor City’s Architecture and history. In addition to the Ybor City Museum State Park, Swope Rodante, and Oliva Building, many vintage and current-day photos are included in the program. The WEDU production staff spent two days in Ybor City taking photos and filming the segment, which highlights our history as well as a broad range of architectural styles – from casitas to major buildings.

The 10-minute segment will run again on Sunday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It will soon be posted at wedu.org/artsplus.

Best regards,


Preservation Roundtable April 2013

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on it’s regular schedule –   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3rd at  9:00 AM in the TPI  Conference Room at the TPI/Ybor City Museum Society Offices (corner of Palm Ave. and 18th Street aka Angel Oliva Sr. Street). Everyone is invited to discuss preservation-related issues facing the Tampa Bay area.

Tampa, Then and Now App

TC-logo-120The new Tampa, Then and Now app offers a journey back in time for iPhone and Android phone users. It allows mobile users the ability to compare more than 150 old photographs from the city to recent ones, taken from the exact same angle. After the success of several other ‘Then and Now’ apps, including Paris and Vancouver, Tampa visitors and residents can now too travel back in time!

“As a Tampa native, I wanted to see how the city has changed over the years. As a photographer, I wanted to photograph the area’s modern scenery. What was initially a quick snapshot soon turned into a methodical reproduction of scenes from all over the city” said Bryan Weinstein of www.TampaChanging.com, the creator and photographer of Tampa, Then and Now’s content, who partnered with the French company MyCityBefore to create the app.
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Just like for the other cities’ app, the user first defines a notification range from the home screen which allows them to be automatically notified when getting close to an available “then and now” place. In the “find” tab, the user can locate the closest places using the list, map, or augmented reality views. They can also look directly for a specific place by using the search tool. One of the main features for each “then and now” place is the augmented reality tool, which allows users to superpose the old photograph on their phone’s camera to take their own “then and now” photo.

Users not only enjoy beautiful historic and modern photographs, but also brief anecdotes so they can learn more about the location’s history. The app’s content will evolve and expand as new historic locations are regularly added.

Tampa, Then and Now is now available for $1.99 and is available worldwide on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Then and Now apps for other cities are under construction, the next one being for Toronto.

Please visit www.MyCityBefore.com and www.TampaChanging.com for more Tampa, Then and Now information, including videos and screenshots of the app.

To download the app, visit: http://bit.ly/thennowapps

Brooksville History Events

Feel like getting out of town for a day? Try heading up ton Brooksville on February 16th for two historic events. The architecture and history of Brooksville will be on display at some wonderful historic homes.
at the Historic May-Stringer House Museum
601 Museum Court, Brooksville, FL 34601
February 16th, 9am-3pm
Come see the history of Hernando County
in the pre-Civil War Era, 1800-1860
Free admission

Sweetheart Home Tour

 Tour begins at the May-Stringer House Museum

601 Museum Court, Brooksville, FL 34601
February 16th, 2:30pm

$15.00 donation, food included

The tour includes the Lovelace Home, also known as the St. Anthony Catholic Church built in 1908. The home boasts the original stained glass windows, and it’s warmth and beauty will be a delight. A wine tasting, presented by Brooksville’s own Brookstone Wines will be on site.

Guests will then be treated to a tour of Saxon Manor, currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens. The Manor house was built in 1876 by Frank Saxon for his bride Tulula Hope. The tour will enable you to see the loving process of restoring a historic home.


After the tour, you will be treated to a specially prepared dessert while you enjoy a short lecture entitled “The Language of the Fan.” Victoria Jimmerson, dressed in period costume, will delight you as she demonstrates the Victorian art of the fan. Fans will also be available for purchase for your special someone. All proceeds generated from this tour will fund historical state markers designating the Chocachatti Prairie as a significant historical landmark. You may reserve your ticket by calling 813-470-0085. Spaces are limited, so please respond quickly to this “Sweetheart of a Tour.”

For more info please see: http://www.hernandopreservation.bravehost.com/events.html

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 http://tinyurl.com/BuildingsAlive 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 http://tinyurl.com/BuildingsAlive 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.