Ybor Factory Building

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Ybor Factory Building
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Ybor Factory Building is located in Florida
Ybor Factory Building
Ybor Factory Building is located in the United States
Ybor Factory Building
Location7th Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts., Ybor City, Florida
Coordinates27°57′41″N 82°26′42″W / 27.96139°N 82.44500°W / 27.96139; -82.44500Coordinates: 27°57′41″N 82°26′42″W / 27.96139°N 82.44500°W / 27.96139; -82.44500
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectC. E. Parcell
NRHP reference #72000323[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 15, 1972
The factory c. 1916
Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti (center) with cigar workers on the steps of V. M. Ybor's cigar factory, 1893

The Ybor Factory Building is a historic site in Tampa, Florida, United States. The main factory and its surrounding support buildings cover an entire city block between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenues and 13th and 14th Streets in the Ybor City Historic District section of the Ybor City neighborhood. C. E. Parcell is credited as the building's architect.

The factory was built in 1886 by Vicente Martinez-Ybor as he moved the production of his Príncipe de Gales ("Prince of Wales") cigar line from Key West to the new company town he founded just northeast of Tampa in 1885. The headquarters of Ybor's holding company was directly across 9th Avenue in the El Pasaje building, which was constructed at about the same time.

The three-story structure was the first brick cigar factory in Tampa and the largest cigar factory in the world at the time. Over the next few decades, skilled tabaqueros (cigar makers) would roll hundreds of millions of cigars on wooden workbenches set close together in the building's wide, sunlit rolling rooms.[2]

After Ybor died in 1896, the building was owned by a succession of other cigar manufacturers and continued to be a productive cigar factory until after World War II, when the industry (and Ybor City in general) entered a long period of decline.

Over the next few decades, the buildings were vacant, then were used as gallery and studio space for artists, then converted to a festival marketplace called Ybor Square in the mid-1970s. In 2002, the buildings were converted to office space with the exception of a franchise of the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant, which is still located in the former tobacco storage warehouse.

In 2010, the entire complex was purchased by the Church of Scientology, reportedly to consolidate a smaller location in Ybor City with another in West Tampa.[3]

The Ybor Factory building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 1972.



  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Barry, John (December 31, 2010). "Ybor Relative Gets a Treasure: Account of Great-granddad's Fortune". Tampa Bay Times.
  3. ^ Steele, Kathy (June 4, 2010). "Controversy Surrounds Church of Scientology Purchase of Ybor Square". Tampa Tribune.

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