Survey: Finest architectural gems in Tampa Bay? Come have a look
The Cuban Club, built in 1917 in Tampa's Ybor City, ranked 18th statewide and No. 1 in the Tampa Bay area in a recent online poll of Florida's best buildings. (Photo: Chris Zuppa, Tampa Bay Times)
Wake up and good morning. Mirror, mirror on the wall, which Tampa Bay buildings are the fairest of them all? A recent list of Florida's best architecture in buildings yielded a cornucopia of diverse and notable selections across the Tampa Bay area. The list was compiled from popular votes and architect selections. Look at the complete list here at the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Among other cool area buildings in the list are the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa, St. Petersburg's Dali Museum, the Tampa Bay History Center, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, the Tampa Theatre, the Florida Aquarium, Tampa International Airport, Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry, St. Petersburg's Historic Post Office, St. Petersburg's Renaissance Vinoy Hotel and (at No. 88) even Tampa's "Beer Can" building better known as Rivergate Tower.
Tops statewide? The Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach.
All well worth a look at these state architectural gems.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times