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 was born.Learn more
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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.