Preservation Roundtable – May 2011

The Preservation Roundtable will meet at our regularly schedule time (1st Wednesday at 9:00 am) on
Wednesday, May 4th at 9:00 am At Tampa Union Station – 2nd floor conference room. All interested Tampa Bay area residents are welcome to attend. This month we will have a representative from the Tampa Code Enforcement Department attending.

2011 Preservation Awards Nominations

Tampa Preservation, Inc. is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Preservation Awards. Projects can be nominated in the following categories:


  • Residential buildings built before 1960
  • Commercial buildings built before 1960
  • Structures: bridges, monuments, sculptures, etc. before 1960

The guidelines for the awards include consideration of sensitivity to the historic integrity of the site following the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Rehabilitation. Preference is given to exterior restoration projects that exemplify Tampa Bay’s cultural, historical, and architectural heritage. The evaluation focuses on whether the significant features of the building are retained, whether changes are compatible with the architectural style of the building and whether original materials are restored or replaced with similar kind and finish. Although the building need not be renovated to “museum quality,” review will be based on the overall quality of the renovation taking into consideration that a building may be adapted for modern life while remaining true to its architectural style. Review will consider not only the building but also the site including outbuildings, fencing, paving materials and landscaping.

Winners in this category receive a banner to display on their building (as shown in the photo).

This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the preservation of historical resources in Tampa and Hillsborough County by an individual. The award nomination will be based on outstanding achievement for a significant project or for a lengthy period of dedication to preservation activities. Nominations may be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in preservation activities by a group, business, neighborhood or other organization in Tampa and Hillsborough County. The award nomination will be based on outstanding achievement for a significant project or for a lengthy period of dedication to preservation activities. Nominations may be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee.

The types of educational projects that will be considered in this award category include books, brochures or other publications; video-programs; and educational training programs for a general audience or targeted audience (i.e.: school children or teachers).The award nomination will be evaluated based on the impact of the program on the intended audience and the quality of the project.

Applications are due on or before March 4, 2011. To download a TAMPA_PRESERVATION_2011award form or to see last year’s winning projects, please go to the TPI Preservation Awards page.

TPI Banner Awards Winners 2010

TPI Preservation Awards

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

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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.

TPI Memberships

In an effort to make paying for your annual TPI membership easier, we have added a PayPal payment button to our website. PayPal is an easy and secure method for sending and receiving funds on-line. You do not have to sign up for a PayPal account in order to to use this payment method. The button is located on the sidebar of each page, as well as on the Membership Page. A printable TPI MEMBERSHIP FORM is also available if you prefer to mail your membership check in.

Memberships give TPI a stronger voice when advocating for the preservation of Tampa’s irreplaceable historic resources  and helps fund our Preservation Programs. Benefits of Membership include:

  • Subscription to our quarterly newsletter, Cornerstone
  • Complimentary ticket(s) to our Annual Awards Presentation and Reception
  • Discounted or free tours and workshops
  • The knowledge that you are supporting the preservation of the historic resources that make Tampa a unique place