About The Chiselers
Founded in 1959, The Chiselers work tirelessly to preserve, restore and advocate for Tampa’s historic H.B. Plant Hall, formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel.
The original work began with time-consuming and physical labor to chisel away mortar covering the original tiles in the now National Historic Landmark. Today, through events – including our annual Market and Walk for the Minarets, private contributions and grants, our nearly 270 members raise funds to preserve this Tampa treasure. We have raised over $11 million dollars to carry out the work needed for the restoration of the 350,000 square foot building to the highest standards. As an all- volunteer organization, our members contribute approximately 15,000 volunteer hours annually.
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.
Henry B. Plant Hall Facts
- 325,000 square feet, 6 acres , and a 1/4 mile long
- 1,068 windows
- 511 rooms
- 5 stories tall