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Tampa Bay Hotel

The “Florida’s First Magical Kingdom” or simply Tampa Bay Hotel is a hallmark of Florida’s Gilded Age and a stunning example of Turkish and Moorish styled architecture. Florida’s premier hotel during the land and tourism boom in the 1880s and 1890s, it served as the headquarter’s of the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. As Florida’s land boom and the U.S. stock market crashed in late 1920s, the Tampa Bay Hotel was closed in 1930.

Currently, the University of Tampa uses the Hotel for classrooms and offices. The south wing of the Hotel remains dedicated to preserving the glory days of the hotel’s past.
Tampa Bay Hotel
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The rotunda of the Tampa Bay Hotel, Tampa, Fla.

Stereograph showing interior of empty hotel rotunda.

Tampa Bay Hotel

Historic Sites

"Tampa Bay Hotel, Cost Five Million Dollars, Tampa, Florida"

Persistent URL: floridamemory.com/items/show/162424 ( http://floridamemory.com/items/show/162424 ) .PC6069.Local call number: PC4484..Title: "Tampa Bay Hotel, Cost Five Million Dollars, Tampa, Florida&quot... more

Tampa Bay Hotel: Tampa, Florida

Local call number: RC07778..Title: Tampa Bay Hotel: Tampa, Florida..Date: ca. 1920..General note: Now home to the Henry Plant Museum on the campus of the University of Tampa, the Tampa Bay Hotel was built by ra... more