Henry B. Plant opened the Tampa Bay Hotel nearly 141 years ago, and through more than a century’s worth of economic development, it remains one of Tampa’s most recognizable structures.
Eye-catching among downtown’s skyscrapers, Plant tapped into the Moorish-style architecture popular during that time. At its opening in April 1981, the cupolas and domes that topped each of the 13 minarets were surrounded by a golf course, race tracks, tennis courts, along with a private railroad track.
Now, the building belongs to the University of Tampa, but boasts its deep history as a National Historic Landmark in the heart of Tampa.
– Kelsey Sunderland, Extensive Enterprises Media