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TAMPA BAY HOTEL 
AT UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA


Location: 

27° 56.808′ N, 82° 27.819′ W 


The historic Tampa Bay Hotel of 1898 is now Plant Hall at the University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida - across from Plant Park.    

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 the 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 Univ. of Tampa since 1933.

Erected:

1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-31.)

Description:

This Marker is located in front of, and across the courtyard driveway from, Plant Hall.    It is immediately next to the short, black iron fence for Plant Park, facing southwest.





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