Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
1914 - 1986
— "Mr. West Tampa" —
Erected 1987 by the Central Bank of Tampa.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 27° 57.509′ N, 82° 29.696′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on George Guida Memorial Drive west of North MacDill Avenue. The marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 North MacDill Avenue, Tampa FL 33607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hugh C. Macfarlane (a few steps from this marker); West Tampa Centennial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Carver City-Lincoln Gardens (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Andres Diaz Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Beginning of the Cigar Industry in West Tampa (approx. ¾ mile away); West Tampa Free Public Library (approx. ¾ mile away); Centro Español de West Tampa (approx. ¾ mile away); Rough Rider Encampment (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. The historical marker was officially unveiled one year after the death of Mr. Guida in a ceremony officiated by the Honorable E. J. Salcines (prominent Judge, now retired) and Mayor of Tampa, Sandy Freedman. The ceremony coupled the marker's unveiling with the renaming of the main street into Macfarlane Park as George Guida Memorial Drive. For a video of this ceremony, see the link below.
Regarding George Guida. George Guida founded the Central Bank of Tampa and his own home furnishing & decorating business with his son, George, Jr, and was a building contractor.
George Guida lived near the southwest corner of Macfarlane Park in a house on North Renfrew Avenue. The house was built in 1952 in Style Moderne architecture, and is currently vacant and owned by the City of Tampa. Under the name "George Guida, Sr. House", the building was listed with the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 2006 (# 06000193). The city intends to rehabilitate and re-purpose the structure.
Also see . . .
1. Video of George Guida Marker and Street Dedication Ceremony. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
2. The George Guida, Sr. House. Photos and information from Tampapix.com. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
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