Interwoven in one of Tampa's earliest traditions is the world-renowned 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, modeled after the court of Moorish kings in Granada. Now a mecca for tourists, the intriguing structure holds a prominent place in beautiful Plant Park in the hearts of the city and in the heats of its citizens. The Chiselers are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of this historic building. Renamed Henry B. Plant Hall of The University of Tampa, the architectural masterpiece is one of the most captivating Victorian icons in the United States and the pride of Tampa.
Tampa's exotic winter resort served as U.S. Army headquarters during the Spanish American War, the conflict that thrust young America into its role of world power. Therefore, this architectural treasure demands preservation, both for its historic associations and for its distinction as the only large Moorish Revival hotel in the United States. In its restoration by the Chiselers all efforts shall be made to maintain the structure's historic character and aesthetic integrity, so that this National Historic Landmark may ever illuminate a vibrant chapter in America's past.
The Chiselers are dedicated to the historic restoration of the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, one of the enduring symbols that defines us as a nation. Restoration of this focal building of the University of Tampa shall be in accordance with the Tampa Bay Hotel (H.B. Plant Hall) Master Plan of 1996, revised 2001, and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. It is also within the mission of the Chiselers to support the University scholarship program and library.