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Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Old People's Home

Old People's Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By AGS Media, June 21, 2010
1. Old People's Home Marker
Inscription.  Opened in 1924, The Old People's Home was the largest publicly supported home for the elderly in Tampa and represented a major civic achievement. An all-woman Board of Managers founded the Home and the original by-laws stated that men could serve only as Trustees or Advisors. Designed and built by architect, A. H. Johnson (1857-1925), it was built on land donated by Peter O. Knight. The building is masonry vernacular with elements of the Colonial Revival style on its main facade. The Tampa Tribune stated: "The building contains, besides the many bedrooms, four sun parlors, dining room, reception room and kitchen on the first floor, two large airy wards, an infirmary and baths on the second floor and a laundry in the basement. It is equipped with elevators and refrigerating plant, faucets of ice water in the upstairs halls and infirmary, and running water in every bedroom." The site includes Sarah Knight Park, named for Knight's mother, and features a canopy of oak trees, gazebos, picnic benches and a shuffleboard court. The Old People's Home continues to operate as a non-profit agency providing a caring home environment for elderly Tampa
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residents. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
A Florida Heritage Site

Erected 2007 by The Home Association, Inc.
and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-596.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public Work. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
Location. 27° 58.27′ N, 82° 26.797′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of North 12th Street and East 22nd Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North 12th Street. Marker is located in front of the columned entry portico of the building's main facade, between the building and a circular drive. The Old People's Home is located in the V.M. Ybor neighborhood of the greater Ybor City area of Tampa. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1203 East 22nd Avenue, Tampa FL 33605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cueto Boarding House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The El Reloj Cigar Factory and J.C. Newman Cigar Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Washington Junior High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Buffalo Soldiers in Tampa Heights (approx. 0.6 miles away); German-American Club
Old People's Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By AGS Media, June 21, 2010
2. Old People's Home and Marker
Viewed from the parking area, under a canopy of oak trees.
(approx. 0.6 miles away); La Quinta (approx. 0.6 miles away); El Circulo Cubano (approx. 0.6 miles away); Attempt On The Life Of Jose Marti (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Regarding Old People's Home. National Register of Historic Places documentation indicates that noted Tampa architect Frank A. Winn, Jr. also played a role in the building's design.

The Old People's Home operates today as The Home Association, Inc. The building and Sarah Knight Park are set on a 4.5 acre lot.

The effort to establish the facility began back in 1899, when three elderly women travelers found themselves stranded and quarantined in Tampa during an outbreak of yellow fever. They found shelter through the benevolence of a group of Tampa women who pooled their resources to provide them safe sanctuary.
Additional keywords. V.M. Ybor, Ybor City, eldercare, nursing home, retirement, geriatric, sanatorium, Frank Winn, Jr.
Old People's Home Main Gate image. Click for full size.
Photographed By AGS Media, May 12, 2010
3. Old People's Home Main Gate
Located at the end of East 22nd Avenue, after crossing North 12th Street.
The Home Association, Inc. Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By AGS Media, May 12, 2010
4. The Home Association, Inc. Sign
The non-profit organization operates the Old People's Home.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,416 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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