Henry B. Plant Museum
As I’ve written here before, I had no idea of Tampa’s rich history until I moved here and started Finding Tampa. The Henry B. Plant Museum, formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel and now part of the University of Tampa, is one of the city’s most notable landmarks.
The Tampa Bay Hotel was built in the late 1890s to attract wealthy tourists and to take advantage of the rail line that was also built by Mr. Plant. He spared no expense in the design and construction. A considerable amount has been written about the history of this remarkable building and I will not attempt to add to it. But the museum’s web site and Wikipedia are good starting points
I guess the view has changed a bit of the years, but the front porch still looks inviting: