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Historic cigar factory finds new life

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Now called Casa Oliva, the stately building at 2008 N. 19th St. used to be one of the oldest cigar factories in Ybor City. The building once housed hundreds of cigar-rolling workers sitting at rows and rows of tables, but now it contains 38 apartments.

The building’s historic charm is evident in 13-foot ceilings, exposed wood beams and mostly original hardwood floors. Modern touches like stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are a luxurious upgrade, but they can’t compete with the building’s storied past. Not everyone can say their home was visited by legendary Cuban revolutionist Jose Martí.

Courtney Grigsby, B2 Communications

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