"El Corazón de Ybor City" aka El Círculo Cubano de Tampa holds the hearts and souls of the 100's of thousands of cigar workers and their families who passed through it's halls and who's echoes and cries we hear now to save this tremendous building that held all of their hopes and dreams. 

95% of these photos were taken Spring of 2016, a couple are old but included to show the general condition of the walls, ceilings and floors behind the new coat of plaster and paint job.

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Roof over 2nd floor lobby balcony
Roof over 2nd floor lobby balcony

Roof over the 2nd floor lobby balcony. The whole roof needs to be removed and rebuilt.

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Column in El Patio ready to fall
Column in El Patio ready to fall

Column in El Patio ready to fall forward with cement planter on top.

80% of this column is missing
80% of this column is missing

80% of this column is missing. Need to have one made and patched into existing

El Patio walls all need repair
El Patio walls all need repair

El Patio walls all need to be repaired including large cracks.

Major wood rot/termite damage
Major wood rot/termite damage

Major wood rot/termite damage

Hole where repair access was needed
Hole where repair access was needed

Hole where repair access was needed and never covered back up except with this piece of tin

water leakage at electrical pane
water leakage at electrical pane

Can’t tell by this picture, but there is water leakage all around this electrical panel

pieces of old cement falling
pieces of old cement falling

monthly there are pieces of old cement falling from all parts of the building

pipe rusting out
pipe rusting out

pipe rusting out as well as cement deteriorating and falling down from the top

Rotted french doors
Rotted french doors

Rotted french doors not being able to be replaced, so removed and thrown away and replaced with plywood

Age and neglect of cement pilar
Age and neglect of cement pilar

Age and neglect of cement pilar causing an unsafe loose railing

rusted and rotten metal support bars
rusted and rotten metal support bars

rusted and rotten metal support bars that supported the cement, now exposed by fallen cement

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condition the electrical room

better view of the condition the electrical room

exposed inner wall w/ rusted cement
exposed inner wall w/ rusted cement

exposed inner wall with rusted cement support bars and floor

ceiling condition
ceiling condition

view of what the real ceiling condition is after removing ceiling panels that covered it

cracks on the imported cuban tile
cracks on the imported cuban tile

These cracks on the imported cuban tile floors are water damage from the old windows that allow rain to enter and sit on floors because the windows do not close to a tight seal

Juliette balconies completely rusted
Juliette balconies completely rusted

The once beautiful “Juliette balconies” completely rusted, french doors have been replaced with cement walls

another exposed inner wall
another exposed inner wall

another exposed inner wall, the has crumbled and covered with a board or piece of tin

ceiling/roof showing water damage
ceiling/roof showing water damage

ceiling/roof showing complete water damage and rotting

bottom of supporting pilar rotten
bottom of supporting pilar rotten

bottom of supporting pilar rotten and deteriorating

ceiling plaster exposing rusted bars
ceiling plaster exposing rusted bars

ceiling plaster falling exposing rusted, metal support bars in the ceiling

ceiling plaster exposing rusted bars
ceiling plaster exposing rusted bars

ceiling plaster falling exposing rusted, metal support bars in the ceiling

RESTORATION NEEDS