The V.M Ybor Cigar Factory and related structures, which is named for Tampa's pioneer cigarmaker, are at the very heart of Tampa's Latin Quarter . Due to Mr. McKenna's efforts in Ybor on projects for the Hillsborough Community College, he was commissioned to renovate this complex of historic structures. Restaurants, shops and professional offices are well blended to provide an unique urban mix of uses. As in all restoration projects, great care was taken to preserve and protect all significant historical elements. The respect for the existing historic fabric has produced numerous awards for the project from area preservation groups. Elements that are new are clearly new. One example is the exterior glass elevator that was added to increase the project's accessibility. It is carefully detailed to blend with the adjacent structure while providing an interesting contemporary accent.
COMPLETION DATE: 1992
What Our Clients Are Saying
"I have only worked with 5 Architects but I will say John McKenna and Daniel Currea are the most professional and have the highest level of communication. It is a pleasure not to chase after answers and when the city throws you a curve ball John and Daniel are right there with options to get you through!" - Mark Vega
"We are a high-end custom Home Builder and Remodeler in Pinellas County. During a design meeting with a new client, Daniel Currea submitted a unique contemporary concept to the owner which they loved and resulted in Daniel taking the concept through the design phase and to fruition. The home is complex and spectacular. It's a truly world class design and the owner spared no expense in having us execute it precisely as designed and specified. It was a wonderful experience working with Daniel through the process. He was attentive and interested during all of our meetings and showed a care factor for his project which is rare in the industry. I've worked with many architects and Daniel has a penchant for amazing contemporary design and I look forward to working with him on many future projects where we can explore his creativity and talent together in creating more world class projects for our very special clientele." J. S. Perry & Co., Inc.
"The recently completed 16 classroom addition to Springhead Elementary School offers an example of both excellent design and quality construction. This excellent project was recently designed by John McKenna Architects, and constructed by Hunt Construction Managers." - Tom Blackwell, Former General Construction Manager with Hillsborough County Public Schools
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