This year Sacred Heart Church will partner with Le Meridien Hotel for its third annual "Witness To History Christmas Tour" at 3 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 26) in downtown Tampa 509 N Florida Ave.
Both of these historic structures were completed in 1905 and have been across Twiggs Street from each other for 112 years, enduring through many of Tampa’s historical events.
"This year is going to be much different," said Marguerite Brennan, docent and tour coordinator
"It’s the first year we’re partnering with Le Meridien next door so it’s a good use of both buildings, and we’ve done some additional research and uncovered a few facts of the donors of the main altar."
All are welcome to attend this free event including new findings of the 27-foot high Carrera marble altar, new information regarding one of the German stained glass windows, and they hope to highlight the church’s connection to the Spanish American War era.
Also, like past years the docents of Sacred Heart will be dressed in 1905 period attire to go along with the theme of the tour.
The hotel will offer two tours following the presentation at the church. The by ticket only hotel tours will be limited to 40 people per tour and the admissions tickets to the hotel will be given at the church following the presentation.
Many enjoy the event and Sacred Heart Church anticipates more than 200 guests.
"It’s a gift to the community" Brennan said. "The people who come always have such wonderful questions and sometimes they put us on the spot, but it always serves as a jumping point for more research."
For more information contact The Sacred Heart church at (813) 991-0223 or Le Meridien Hotel at (813) 999-8209.