• old Tampa Stadium - "the old sombrero"
  • Al Lopez Field - baseball stadium
  • Burdines
  • Sears
  • future site (at the time of this photo) of Montgomery Ward
  • Buffalo Ave (now MLK Blvd)
  • Himes Ave
  • Dale Mabry Hwy.

Tampa Bay Center - opening day

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Tampa Tribune - Aug 6, 1976

ferret111, Graham Coreil-Allen, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. ferret111 63 months ago | reply

    That Burdines exterior really was innovative.

  2. URY914 63 months ago | reply

    Nothing but wide open spaces on the right (north) of the mall. Jesuit was really built in the middle of nowhere at the time.

  3. JSDesign 63 months ago | reply

    it was, ferret... sadly, i bet they got a fortune for the scrap metal when they tore it down

    ury - yeah, this is the kind of place malls tend to get built - large open, undeveloped areas

  4. adonis hunter / ahptical 43 months ago | reply

    This is sooo awesome, thanks for the shot! It gives us 'new' local historians a great perspective since we werent here to see it then.

  5. JSDesign 42 months ago | reply

    Thanks, adonis hunter! Nice to meet someone that's newly interested in local history. I was just a toddler myself here in Tampa when it was being built.

  6. Phil Jones Illustration 38 months ago | reply

    My how things have changed!

  7. Steve Stallings 1 [deleted] 21 months ago | reply


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