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Tampa Bay Hotel

 
 
Tampa Bay Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Tampa Bay Hotel Marker
Inscription. Henry B. Plant built this ornate Moorish structure at a cost of $3 million. Opened in 1891, it became the social and cultural center of early Tampa. During the Spanish American War it was headquarters for troops going to Cuba and housed such visitors as Col. Theodore Roosevelt, Clara Barton, Richard Harding Davis and Gen. Nelson Miles. Purchased by the City of Tampa in 1905, it has served as the main building of the University of Tampa since 1933.
 
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 27° 56.751′ N, 82° 27.807′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on West Kennedy Boulevard near University Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Just after crossing Hillsborough River,at University of Tampa Campus. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33606, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. De Soto (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Tampa Bay Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tampa Bay Hotel, 1891
Tampa Bay Hotel Marker, as seen from W. Kennedy Blvd. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
2. Tampa Bay Hotel Marker, as seen from W. Kennedy Blvd.
(about 400 feet away); Fort Brooke Battery (about 400 feet away); United Spanish War Veterans (about 400 feet away); The Spanish Fort (about 400 feet away); 400th Anniversary of the Landing of Panfilo de Narvaez (about 500 feet away); Babe's Longest Homer (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tampa Bay Hotel. The Henry B. Plant Museum is located in the south wing of Plant Hall (formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel). The Tampa Bay Hotel was built by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant at a cost of over 2.5 million dollars. (Submitted on June 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Henry Bradley Plant , From Wikipedia. He owned the Plant System of railroads which became part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. (Submitted on June 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, Spanish-American
 
Tampa Bay Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
3. Tampa Bay Hotel Marker
the Tampa Bay Hotel and was famous for its fanciful Moorish and Victorian architecture. Example in distant background
Tampa Bay Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
4. Tampa Bay Hotel
The entire building (under the title of Tampa Bay Hotel) is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, designated as such on December 5, 1972.
Tampa Bay Hotel with the JFK Memorial at right. as seen from W. Kennedy Blvd. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
5. Tampa Bay Hotel with the JFK Memorial at right. as seen from W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa Bay Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
6. Tampa Bay Hotel
Henry Bradley Plant image. Click for full size.
Florida Photographic Collection
7. Henry Bradley Plant
Tampa Bay Hotel image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division , LC-D4-5846
8. Tampa Bay Hotel
Tampa Bay Hotel , National Historic Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
9. Tampa Bay Hotel , National Historic Landmark
Tampa Bay Hotel *** (added 1972 - Building - #72000322) Also known as University of Tampa,Plant Hall 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering, Person Architect, builder, or engineer: Wood,J.A. Architectural Style: Exotic Revival, Other Historic Person: Plant,Henry Bradley Significant Year: 1920, 1888 Area of Significance: Military, Literature, Architecture Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924 Owner: Local Gov't Historic Function: Domestic Historic Sub-function: Hotel Current Function: Education Current Sub-function: College
Tampa Bay Hotel Grounds and park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
10. Tampa Bay Hotel Grounds and park
A statue called Au Coup de Fusil, or the Hunting Party, can be found right outside the hotel. These two bronze hounds were cast in France by Maurice Denonvilliers in 1890. Originally, they faced south rather than north, and their rapt attention was focused on a small bronze squirrel placed in a low hanging oak limb. However the squirrel eventually was stolen and the dogs were moved to their current location. Supposedly the two dogs represent Mr. Plant's personal favorite hunting dogs, and the hotel itself had kennels stocked with hunting dogs for guests use on hunting expeditions.
Tampa Bay Hotel park, "Sticks of Fire" sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
11. Tampa Bay Hotel park, "Sticks of Fire" sculpture
The Native American meaning of the word "Tampa"
Tampa Bay Hotel grounds include the Fort Brooke Tribute image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
12. Tampa Bay Hotel grounds include the Fort Brooke Tribute
See nearby markers
Tampa Bay Hotel, Henry B. Plant Memorial Fountain, opposite main entrance image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
13. Tampa Bay Hotel, Henry B. Plant Memorial Fountain, opposite main entrance
Tampa Bay Hotel , 8 inch Gun , Spanish American, Teddy Roosevelt Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 6, 2009
14. Tampa Bay Hotel , 8 inch Gun , Spanish American, Teddy Roosevelt Memorial
Located on the south lawn, Tampa Bay Hotel
 
 
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