LISTEN LIVE

historic preservation

Ybor Cigar Building is one of the locations that has been funded by the grant.
Hillsborough County

Next week, Hillsborough County Commissioners will decide which historical buildings will be given money to be restored. 

The Snell Arcade in St. Petersburg
Wknight94/Wikimedia Commons

The devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris may have people taking a closer look at iconic structures in the Tampa Bay area.

Nicole Slaughter Graham / WUSF Public Media

For the past 93 years, the Tampa Theatre has been a buzzing hub for entertainment and movies. Visitors come from all over to enjoy the storied, Mediterranean style theatre.

To honor the building's significance, a Tampa lawmaker has submitted a letter asking the government to recognize it as a State Historical Marker.

City of Lakeland/Facebook

Lakeland’s historic district, peppered with low-to-the-ground bungalow-style homes covered by a thick canopy of trees, could start to feel the effects of the city’s growing urban presence.

Steve Newborn / WUSF

It's been said that in Florida, any building that's more than 30 years old is well, old, and worthy of being torn down for something new and shiny. That mindset has changed somewhat in recent years, and we take a tour of one historic neighborhood that's coming back to life.
 

A handful of architects and preservationists took a break from the recent Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Conference to take a bus ride around Tampa Heights and Ybor City.

Belleair Commissioners Approve Rezoning Measure

Apr 16, 2014

Belleair commissioners approved the RM-10 rezoning measure that affects the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The future of one of the largest wooden structures in the world will be decided Tuesday. Belleview Biltmore hotel near Clearwater is up for demolition if a rezoning measure is approved.

The Belleview Biltmore Hotel, built in 1897, hosted business giants, local socialites and even presidents back in the day. It closed in 2009 for renovations but with the housing market crash it never reopened.

Now, a rezoning measure would allow developers to bulldoze it and build condos in its place.

Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Mann Wagnon Memorial Park is a peaceful hideaway in the middle of the bustling city of Tampa off Nebraska Avenue. It's where the Museum of Science and Industry got its start as the Museum of Natural History back in the '60s before becoming the MOSI on Fowler Avenue that it is now.

New Group Instills Hope to Save Jackson House

Nov 1, 2013

A group of historic preservationists is stepping up to see what can be done to save the 24-bedroom Jackson Boarding House--a piece of Tampa's history from when Central Avenue was the hub of African-American businesses. The house needs to be shored, a $50,000 job, and insurance has to be bought to protect the city from any claims.

Robin Sussingham / WUSF

Florida Southern College in Lakeland is building a brand new house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright -- even though the architect died in 1959.  And college officials say the new structure is part of their plan to become one of the country's premiere cultural destinations.