In 1959 a group of determined women began to restore the facings of ballroom fireplaces at the Tampa Bay Hotel. With a set of chisels and muriatic acid, the women began removing mortar from tiles — and The Chiselers were born.Learn more
About Henry B. Plant Hall
Henry B. Plant Hall, formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, is one of the most captivating Victorian icons in the United States and a symbol of Tampa. This architectural masterpiece was built in 1891 during a time when Henry Bradley Plant was building an empire of railroads, steamships and hotels.
He built the Tampa Bay Hotel as a palace, symbolic of his empire. Now as Henry B. Plant Hall, it is home to classrooms, administrative offices, and more at the University of Tampa.
About The Chiselers
The Chiselers is a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Henry B. Plant Hall. Originally, work began with time-consuming and physical labor to chisel away mortar covering original tiles. Today, through events, contributions, and grants, our nearly 300 members raise funds to preserve the National Historic Landmark.