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El Centro Asturiano de Tampa

 
 
El Centro Asturiano de Tampa Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 21, 2010
1. El Centro Asturiano de Tampa Marker
Inscription. Spanish immigrants from the province of Asturias formed El Centro Asturiano de Tampa in 1902 as a mutual aid society to meet the recreational, social, educational, and medical needs of its members. In an effort to broaden the concept of cooperative medicine, the club operated a hospital El Sanatorio del Centro Asturiano from 1905 until its closing in 1990.

The society built the present three-story yellow brick and stone building on the corner of Palm and Nebraska Avenues in 1914 after a fire destroyed the original clubhouse building. Designed in the Neoclassical style, the building features stylized classical columns and a sweeping stone stair leading to the main entrance. Major interior spaces include a grand theater, ballroom, and cantina with a 50-foot onyx bar. With a membership open to all, El Centro Asturiano quickly became the center of Spanish theater and opera hosting some of the finest performers in the nation. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 1998 by The City of Tampa
Ybor City Development Corporation
and Florida Department of State,
Sandra B. Mortham, Secretary of State. (Marker Number F-386.)
 
Location. 27° 57.729′ N, 82° 
Centro Asturiano Signs and Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 21, 2010
2. Centro Asturiano Signs and Historical Marker
Situated at the corner of Palm and Nebraska.
27.067′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of North Nebraska Avenue and East Palm Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Nebraska Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located at the northwest corner of the building, adjacent and perpendicular to a lighted sign for the Centro Asturiano and its restaurant, Latam at the Centro. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1913 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa FL 33605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. German-American Club (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greater New Salem Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Junior High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ybor City Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sociedad La Union Marti~Maceo (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rough Riders (approx. 0.3 miles away); La Casa de Pedroso (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named La Casa de Pedroso (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
 
Regarding El Centro Asturiano de Tampa. In addition to its listing with the National Register of Historic Places, El Centro Asturiano de Tampa is a contributing structure within the Ybor City Historic District (a National Historic Landmark District).

Korean War Hero
El Centro Asturiano de Tampa image. Click for full size.
By Glenn Sheffield, June 28, 2010
3. El Centro Asturiano de Tampa
and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Marine 1st Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez (for whom a Historical Marker was erected in downtown Tampa), was a member of El Centro Asturiano, and is buried in one of the two cemeteries established for the club.
 
Additional keywords. Ybor City Historic District
 
Categories. 20th CenturyArts, Letters, MusicHispanic AmericansNotable BuildingsScience & Medicine
 
El Centro Asturiano de Tampa image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 21, 2010
4. El Centro Asturiano de Tampa
Viewed looking across East Palm Avenue.
 
 
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