Since 2018 Tampa Armature Works has served many purposes; event space, community hub, dining hall and tourist attraction, just to name a few.
Did you know our story began long, long before that? 110 years to exact. Over the coming weeks, while the HPM is temporarily closed, we’ll be bringing you a series called “Did You Know?” featuring fun facts and history bits about our historic home. Check it out and learn something new today!
Built in 1910 and once known as the TECO streetcar warehouse, the Armature Works structure played a significant role for the City of Tampa as the repair and storage facility for the Tampa Electric Street and Railway Company (formerly known as the Streetcar Barn). Over the course of it’s lifetime Armature Works has stood tall and proud surviving the likes of prohibition, two world wars, the great depression and various ownership.
In 1946, the streetcar system was abandoned for more modern means of transportation, the automobile. Tampa Armature Works, a phosphate machinery manufacturer, purchased the building from TECO in 1960 where it continued to play an integral role in the landscape of the city.
The historic building sat vacant for years until Developers Chas Bruck and Adam Harden of SoHo Capital, envisioned a modernized neighborhood hangout for Tampa’s waterfront community and a national destination aimed to attract visitors from near and far. Over time, each piece of the 50-acre riverfront property was acquired with plans to create The Heights.
The Heights offers entertainment, workspace and shops, as well as a residential community. Whether you travel by land, bike or sea, the family-friendly district connects the growing neighborhoods north of downtown to the Heights through the Riverwalk. At the epicenter of The Heights is Armature Works.