From pioneer roots to the cigar boom, the Tampa Bay area is rich with history. As a local, you can uncover all the historic and beautiful buildings that make this region so unique. Whether you’re interested in architecture or just want a fun weekend outing, here is a list of historic architecture in Tampa that you can visit.
The Tampa Theatre
For 93 years, this theatre has been a fixture in the community and is known as one of the most famous Tampa buildings. As the first commercial space to offer air conditioning, locals flocked to the Tampa Theatre during the hot summers to watch their first films. Even though the building was built almost a century ago, through careful preservation and restoration, today’s audiences can still view the old statues, gargoyles, and filigree that make this theater a one-of-a-kind Mediterranean neo-classical building.
Frank Lloyd Wright Collection
Tucked away at Lakeland’s Florida Southern College is the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Wright is known as the most famous of the American architects. Guests can see 12 of his master-planned structures and learn about Wright’s distinctive style and architectural philosophy. Visitors have the option to take a self-guided tour of the site or enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour guided tour.
Formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, Plant Hall, which houses the Henry B. Plant Museum, was built in 1891 during the golden age of railroads and tourism. To appeal to the Victorian classes, this iconic structure was designed in the Moorish revival style. There are six minarets, four cupolas and three domes replete with Old World filigree and ornamentation. Guests can freely tour the grounds and the building. However, the museum is only open for visitors from January to November.
Whether you’re a local or a new resident, it’s never too late to explore the wonderful sights and distinctive buildings that make this area a unique architectural hotspot. If you want to learn more about design or local attractions, follow us on Facebook.