Historic Markers Across Florida

Old Peoples Home

Marker ID: FLHM F-596
Location: 5th Avenue & 13th St. Brewery, YborCity, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 58.280    W 082° 26.797
  27.97133333    -82.44661666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1XVM


Opened in 1924, The Old Peoples Home was the largest publicly supported home for the elderly in Tampa and represented a major civic achievement. An all-woman Board of Managers founded the Home and the original by-laws stated that men could serve only as Trustees or Advisors. Designed and built by architect, A.H. Johnson (1857-1925), it was built on land donated by Peter O. Knight. The building is masonry vernacular with elements of the Colonial Revival style on its main façade. The Tampa Tribune stated: The building contains, besides the many bedrooms, four sun parlors, dining room, reception room and kitchen on the first floor, two large airy wards, an infirmary and baths on the second floor and a laundry in the basement. It is equipped with elevators and refrigerating plant, faucets of ice water in the upstairs halls and infirmary, and running water in every bedroom. The site includes Sarah Knight Park, named for Knights mother, and features a canopy of oak trees, gazebos, picnic benches and a shuffleboard court. The Old Peoples Home continues to operate as a non-profit agency providing a caring home environment for elderly Tampa residents. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

Sponsors: the Home Association, Inc. and the Florida Department of State - 2007


City: Tampa, FL