Historic VM Ybor Home Tour

Tampa Home Tour

Tampa Home TourOn October 17th, the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association will be hosting its Second Annual Home Tour. VM Ybor is located just north of Ybor City and has held an important place in Ybor history since its inception. Home to over 3,000 residents, the neighborhood is rich in history and is within walking distance to the Ybor City commercial core.

With 8 houses and an institutional building in the historic VM Ybor neighborhood to be featured, the tour will be sure to please local Tampa residents and visitors alike. Designed to cover all corners of the neighborhood, attendees will be welcomed into a diverse range of homes and gardens with varying architectural styles. While many homes have been restored or remodeled, they still contain original elements that characterize this unique community. For more information, see the VM Ybor Neighborhood Association website.

All Aboard for National Train Day!

Friends of Tampa Union Station is pleased to announce that the Historic Tampa Union Station will be the site of events for National Train Day, on Saturday, May 8, 2010. The event runs from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

National Train Day in Tampa will feature:
– Railroad equipment displays
– Operating model trains
– Live Music
– Special Guests
– History and railroading exhibits featuring items from the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library/ Burgert Brothers Photograph Collection, Tampa Bay History Center, Florida Railroad Museum, the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, City of Tampa Historic Preservation and Urban Design, National Association of Railroad Passengers, the Atlantic Coast Line & Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Society, Florida historical groups, Friends of Tampa Union Station, and others.

National Train Day celebrates America‘s love for trains with events across the country. This year marks the third annual celebration with large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

National Train Day marks 141 years of connecting travelers coast to coast and commemorates the day the first transcontinental railroad was created. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the golden spike was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, transforming America by creating the nation‘s first transcontinental railroad.

This event at Tampa Union Station is one of many which are happening simultaneously around the country. More than 140 local celebrations took place in 2009 and Amtrak expects even more in 2010.

National Train Day in Tampa is sponsored by the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, Friends of Tampa Union Station, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, the City of Tampa, and Amtrak. More information on National Train Day 2010 can be found at the www.nationaltrainday.com website and the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers website: www.fcrprail.org.

Friends of Tampa Union Station is an all-volunteer organization which advocates for the preservation of historic Tampa Union Station as both a landmark and transportation asset. The organization was founded in 2008 by a group of citizens eager to preserve Tampa Union Station‘s colorful past and to assure its future. Friends of Tampa Union Station, on the web at www.tampaunionstation.com, was founded in cooperation with the City of Tampa‘s Growth Management & Development Services Department—which administers Tampa‘s historic preservation program and owns and operates Tampa Union Station—and the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers.

Friends of Tampa Union Station has established a permanent endowment fund for the ongoing restoration of Tampa Union Station at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and raises funds for it through an engraved brick program and other initiatives. To date, over $31,000 has been raised for the endowment, helping to ensure that Historic Tampa Union Station is preserved for future generations to use and enjoy.

Old Seminole Heights 12th Annual Home Tour

Visit over 10 beautiful homes in the Seminole Heights historic neighborhood this Sunday, April 18th from 11:30 to 5:30.  Both historic and new homes are on the tour representing both the past and present.  Tours will start at Hillsborough High School, 5000 Central Ave, Tampa. Tickets are $10 in advance online at www.oldseminoleheights.org or you can buy your tickets for $15 the day of the Tour, at Hillsborough High School. Biking routes are provided as well.
Money raised by the tour is spent on community building events like picnics, concerts, and pot lucks as well as  funding neighborhood preservation efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life in the area. 

Historic Hyde Park Annual Home Tour

Hyde Park is one of the largest and most cohesive collections of early 20th century residential architecture in the United States. The buildings in Historic Hyde Park generally date from 1900 to 1930, and encompass a wide variety of architectural styles.  Historic Hyde Park, particularly the area west of Rome Ave, has a large concentration of bungalow type homes, eleven of which will be featured in the upcoming Historic Home Tour this Saturday, March 6, 2010. In coordination with the Home Tour, Historic Hyde Park has created a video and a related exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.  Both are entitled “Celebrate the Bungalow in Historic Hyde Park.”

While the overall focus of the video is area architecture, the bungalow is the highlight of the show.  The video uses examples from homes in the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood to illustrate the characteristics typical in a bungalow.  The video will be shown at CineBistro four times the day of the tour. The video will be provided to area residents in CD format  as well as regional preservation groups and media.   
Exhibit at Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center
To further expand awareness of the unique characteristics of our neighborhood, Historic Hyde Park will have an exhibit in the Community Case at the Tampa Bay History Center during March 2010.  The focus of the exhibit will also be on the history of the neighborhood and the characteristics of the bungalow.
For more information, please go to the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood website.

Tampa Heights & Seminole Heights Home Tour

Tour 12 homes and 2 businesses decorated for the holidays in the Tampa Heights and Seminole Heights neighborhoods. The tour is December 13 from 3-8 pm. Wine and cheese will be served at the “Glass Lady’s Garden” at 7 pm. The three home associations that make up the Heights neighborhoods are donating all proceeds to the Tampa North Rotary Club Camp Florida. The tour begins in Tampa Heights at The Sanctuary, 502 E. Ross Avenue. Tickets can be purchased at the Sanctuary on Dec13th or in advance at the Rotary Club website.

Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Plant Museum

The Henry Plant Museum presents the 28th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2009, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.

Bring family and friends together in the soft glow of 1891 lighting as you discover a lavish Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in beautiful music, Charles Dickens, much loved toys, wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.

What’s New? Antique and vintage clothing from La France, Jezabelle & Her Wandering Gypsies, and the private collection of Jill Wax will be displayed throughout the museum. As was the custom of the era, the fashions are handmade with exquisite detail and feature natural fibers such as silk, cotton, linen and wool. This clothing for men, women, and children will be accessorized with appropriate shoes, jewelry, hats, gloves, purses and other such adornments.

The Sports and Amusements Room will feature authentic golf, fishing and hunting ensembles from 1925. The Parlor Bedroom will display a wide variety of provocative all-white Victorian undergarments such as camisoles, bloomers, cover ups and cotton teddies worn under Japanese silk kimonos; and that tree will be decorated with antique trims including hand embroidered laces, crocheted garlands, silk ribbon and tatting.

On view in the Plant System Room will be elegant travel ensembles from the 1920’s. The Women and Their Amusements Exhibit will feature dozens of hand made needlepoint ornaments courtesy of The Flying Needle in Belleair Bluffs, Florida.

Pipes, cigars, cigarettes and vintage smoking paraphernalia along with bowties will decorate the Christmas tree in the Gentlemen’s Reading and Writing Room; and the Hanky Angel Tree with over 100 antique handkerchiefs made to look like angels will be displayed in the Parlor Music Room. Other Victorian Christmas Stroll trees will be decorated with antique ornaments, flowers, birds, toys, books, fruits and candy.

Children’s clothing of the period will be shown on the grand staircase, surrounded by porcelain dolls and antique toys.

At the Victorian Christmas Stroll, the essence of an old-fashioned holiday is observed and honored 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 18-foot tree in the hallway. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Discount Days are December 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15 when admissions are reduced to $6 for adults and $3 for children. Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.

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

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, an opulent 1891 railroad destination resort, and the artifacts significant to its history and the life and work of Henry Bradley Plant. Through educational exhibits and events, the museum transports visitors of all ages and backgrounds to the late Victorian period, the beginnings of Florida’s tourist industry, and the early years of the city of Tampa.