Tampa Bay's National Historic Landmark District

Plethora of Architectural history throughout Ybor City, discover its hidden treasures.

Historical, Cultural and Event Venues

Historic photo of large two story brick building with classic cars parked along the side

Today, a walk down 7th Avenue is truly a walk through the history of Ybor City. Now known as Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, Ybor City in the 1880s was a melting pot of immigrants from Spain, Cuba, Germany and Italy and home to some of the world’s most famous cigar factories that were the main economic source for the city.

Since then, many of the factory warehouses have been converted into business lofts, restaurants, shops and more. Ybor City has grown to be known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter, offering an ample menu of arts and culture, and is known for its popular nightclubs and entertainment.

Several structures in the historic district are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and evoke the history of Ybor City. Classic brick streets and historic facades blend into a distinct sense of culture that enlivens your environment while preserving a rich history of diversity, community and industry.

To learn more about the history and architecture of Ybor City, visit the http://www.ybormuseum.org/.

Old banquet photo in the historic El Centro Espanol Building

Ybor City’s residents formed ethnic social clubs and benevolent organizations, which offered their members cooperative medical plans and charitable services. The largest Hispanic clubs in Tampa between 1890 and 1920 were the Centro Asturiano, Circulo Cubano, El Centro Español, and La Union Marti-Maceo.

Though many of the residents were Hispanic, immigrating from Spain or Spanish Cuba, there were also Italian, German, Rumanian Jewish, and Chinese immigrants in Ybor City.

Old Historic registered building
El Circulo Cubano de Tampa is a historic building constructed in 1917 to serve as a gathering place for Cuban immigrants in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida. It was designed by Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott.

 

Large three story historic brick building
L’Unione Italiana, The Italian Club, is a historic social society in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood. The group’s building was designed by Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott.

 

Centro Asturiano de Tampa is an event venue in Ybor City, this 1902 Spanish Social club is on the National Register of Historic Places
The Centro Asturiano is a historic site in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida. On July 24, 1974, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott.

 

Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo Storefront photo with empty benches and a lightpost
Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo, also known as the “Cuban Hall Patio” has been an Ybor City Institution since 1900. The original Historic Building was torn down by Urban Renewal in 1965, but still maintains operations from a building at the entrance of Ybor City’s 7th avenue.