6 beautiful pieces of architecture in Tampa Bay

We’re breaking down some of the many architectural styles in the Tampa Bay area.

Downtown Tampa from Harbor Island at sunset

We love the view of downtown Tampa from Harbor Island.

Photo by Robert Neff

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Architecture is part of the fabric of our everyday lives, but unless you’re a trained architect, you might not have stopped to smell the concrete and take in the various historical buildings Tampa Bay has to offer. Let’s take a look.

The Open Air Post Office | 400 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg

St. Pete Post office

On April 4, 1975, it was added to the US National Register of Historic Places.

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Built in 1916, Downtown St. Pete’s historic post office was the nation’s first open-air (partially outdoors) concept. Within the landmark, guests can find arches and staircases laced with intricate metalwork and hand-carved stone details — all of which provide a glimpse into the heart of the Mediterranean Revival era.

The Don CeSar | 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

The Don Cesar

Since 1928, this monument to glamour and leisure has welcomed sun-seekers.

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The “pink palace” was constructed in 1928 by architect Henry H. Dupont + boasts a Moorish flair expressed in its horseshoe arches and decorative tilework. The beachfront hotel served as a sub-base hospital during WWII and hosted performances from rockers like Florida’s own Tom Petty.

Today you can roam the baroque-style hallways and dance on the King Charles Ballroom’s marble floor, just as F. Scott Fitzgerald did.

The Princess Martha | 411 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg

The Princess Martha

The Princess Martha is now a 55+ active living apartment complex.

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This red brick building is St. Pete’s prime example of 1920s Neoclassical architecture. The Rocco-designed rooms with sculpted windows + decorated gold columns were once temporary stays for notable guests like Jimmy Carter and Babe Ruth.

Henry B. Plant Museum | 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Henry B. Plant Museum

The museum houses original hotel furnishings and art objects collected by Plant from Europe and Asia.

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The museum’s minaret-topped spires cut through Downtown Tampa’s concrete jungle in a mirage-like way. The location has a Moorish exterior and interior and is used by the University of Tampa.

Tampa Theatre | 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa

Tampa Theater

You can actually watch current-day flicks in this theater.

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The elaborate movie palace boasts a fantasy land + atmospheric feeling with a first-class ambiance. It was built in 1926 by Paramount Pictures and designed by famed theater architect John Eberson.

When guests enter, they are transported to a Mediterranean courtyard with old world statues, flowers, and gargoyles. And as they walk deeper and look up, the ceiling turns into a twinkling nightscape.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church | 509 N. Florida Ave., Tampa

Scared Heart Catholic Church

All of the stained glass windows were made in the late 1800s by Franz Mayer Co. of Munich, Germany, which is still in business.

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Downtown Tampa’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church was built in 1905. The predominantly 11th-century Romanesque granite and marble structure features a 135-ft dome and 70 stained glass windows.

There are a ton of beautiful architectural details throughout TBAY. If you have a fascination for one that we missed. Let us know.

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