Tampa Bay Hotel

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While Henry Flagler was the railroad tycoon of the east coast of Florida, Henry Plant was the railroad tycoon of Florida’s west coast. Plant was born in Branford, CT and got his experience working on a steamboat that traveled from New Haven to New York. After the Civil War, the railroads of the South were in ruins. Plant saw opportunity in this and bought the Southern railroads at foreclosure sales. He used these as a base for his railroad and steamboat empire. Tampa became the terminus of his Southern Florida railroad and home port for steamships to Havana, Cuba.

Henry Flagler 是佛州東岸的鐵路大亨; Henry Plant 是佛州西岸的鐵路大亨。Plant 出生於美國康州。他在輪船上工作。南北戰爭後,南方的鐵路全都被破壞了。Plant 把握這個機會來用廉價買了南方的鐵路,把這些鐵路作爲自己交通和運輸生意的基礎。Tampa (坦帕) 成爲佛州南方鐵路的總站。也成爲往古巴哈瓦那的輪船港口。

Plant built the massive Tampa Bay Hotel in Tampa to accommodate his winter guests. It took 3 years to build. This hotel was the premier hotel of his 8 hotels on his rail line. Like Flagler, both transportation and accommodation dollars went into his pocket. The Tampa Bay Hotel itself covered 6 acres and ¼ mile long. It cost over $2.5 million to build and the price per room ranged from $5-$15/ night. For that price, amenities included use of an elevator (first in FL and still in use today), electric lights, telephones, and private bathrooms with a full sized tub. The average price for a room in Tampa at that time was $1.25-$2/ night, and average amenities were much less. The hotel was a poured concrete steel reinforced building in the Moorish style. This is starting to sound a lot like the Ponce de Leon Hotel. The grounds of the hotel were 150 acres and included 21 buildings, a golf course, bowling alley, racetrack, casino, and indoor heated pool.

Plant 在 Tampa 用了三年來建豪華的 Tampa Bay 酒店。在他鐵路的八間酒店之中,這是最大最輝煌的。他像Flagler 一樣,火車和酒店生意都有。Tampa Bay 酒店佔地六英畝, ¼ 英里長。在1888年,需要 $2.5 百萬來修建,但房租祇收 $5-15/ 一晚,要多久才能收回成本呢?那時候,這個價格都算是貴的,但是設施都是最先進的, 比如 電梯 (佛州第一部,今天還用), 電燈,電話,和室内衛生間和浴室。當時,Tampa 普通酒店的價錢是 $1.25-$2 一晚,也沒有這麽多設施 。酒店是西班牙色的水泥鋼鐵建築物。酒店的院子有150 英畝,包括21 間樓房,高爾伕球場,保齡球場,賽馬場,賭城,和室内游泳池。

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The hotel was in business from 1891-1930. Many celebs stayed here including Clara Barton, Stephen crane, the Prince of Wales and Queen of the UK. The US used the hotel as a base during the Spanish-American War and Colonel Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders also stayed here during this time. Babe Ruth signed his 1st baseball contract here and is rumored to have hit his longest home run at the old Tampa Fairgrounds stadium on the hotel grounds.

The hotel closed in 1930 and the Tampa Bay Junior College moved into the hotel in 1933, using its suites as classrooms. The college expanded and became the University of Tampa, which is what it is today. The southeast wing of the hotel is the Henry B. Plant Museum, which preserves the history of the former Tampa Bay Hotel.

這酒店從1891 年到1930年營業。很多名人來這裡度假,包括英國皇室。美國和西班牙打仗時,這裡曾做過兵營。將軍住在酒店,士兵營地在外面。1930 年,Tampa Bay 酒店關門。1933 年,Tampa Bay Junior College 搬進去。後來 Tampa Bay Junior College 擴展成爲現在的Tampa 大學。酒店現在是大學的 Plant Hall,西南部是舊酒店的博物館。

fountain commemorating Plant's achievements in transportation, oldest public art in the city of Tampa

fountain commemorating Plant's achievements in transportation, oldest public art in the city of Tampa

What I like most about this museum is it has tons and tons of furniture and artifacts from the Tampa Bay Hotel. Plant and his wife purchased the furnishings for the hotel on shopping trips to Europe and had it shipped across the Atlantic to the hotel. There are detailed descriptions that tell you about the antiques and the history of the hotel. The antiques are lavish and ornate works of art that are richly detailed as characteristic of the gilded age. Exhibit rooms include the Grand Hall, writing and reading room, garden room which has lawn furniture and sculptures, women and pastimes, and the Parlor Suite, one of the most expensive suites in the hotel. If you are in Tampa and like history, this is a place definitely worth visiting.

這個博物館有很多Tampa Bay 酒店的家私和古董。全都是Plant 和他妻子到歐洲買的。博物館也講解酒店的歷史和古董。這些古董很漂亮,手工非常好。展覽是包括走廊,書房,花園的家具,昔日愛好,和豪華套房。如果你到 Tampa 遊玩,這個博物館是不能錯過的!

If you go/ 旅行質料:

Address/ 地址:401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa FL 33606

Tickets/ 門票:$5 donation Jan-Nov

Hours/ 開放時間:Tu-Sat 10-4, Sun 12noon-4pm

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