Tampa Free Public Library

Tampa Free Public Library (HM23E5)

Location: Tampa, FL 33602 Hillsborough County
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N 27° 57.632', W 82° 27.648'

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Built with a $50,000 grant from industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Tampa Free Public Library opened its doors in April 27, 1917, becoming the City of Tampa's first public library. This venture was the result of a sustained community effort led by the Tampa Woman's Club and the Tampa Board of Trade, a tax approval by citizens for annual operating costs, a 4,000-book donation by Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Lothridge, and the dedicated work of head librarian, Helen V. Stelle (1917-1947). Designed by architect Fred J. James and constructed in 1915 at 102 E. 7th Avenue by Aulic, Bastes & Hudnell, the 35,212-square-foot Classical Revival building features brown and yellow brick, rusticated granite, a barrel tile roof, and 16-foot ceilings. It served as the main library for Tampa Public Library for 50 years. The Tampa Free Public Library closed its doors on April 6, 1968, when a newly-built, modern, central library at 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa opened. The Tampa Free Public Library building is designated as a City of Tampa Local Historic Landmark; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
HM NumberHM23E5
Year Placed2015
Placed ByHillsborough County Historical Advisory Council, Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 356309 N 3093689
Decimal Degrees27.96053333, -82.46080000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 57.632', W 82° 27.648'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 57' 37.92" N, 82° 27' 38.88" W
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Area Code(s)813, 727, 305, 863
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1901-1905 US-41 BUS, Tampa FL 33602, US
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