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It is our understanding that this is what the “Centro” area of Ybor used to look like. Ybor is the historic cigar district of Tampa, FL. This box factory sat where the current Jimmy Johns is.
The 1600 block contains several of Ybor City’s older structures: The (9) BALDOMERO F. MARCOS BUILDING (1912), 1610 7th Avenue, designed by Kenneth Kennard, featured the area’s first light well system. Across the street at 1602 7th Avenue is the (10) GAVINO GUTIERREZ BUILDING (1904), built by the Spanish-born engineer who convinced Vicente Martinez Ybor to bring the cigar industry to Tampa from Key West. The Dixie Hotel was once upstairs and Buffalo Bill’s cousin ran the Pathe Theater downstairs.