Ybor Historic Marker

Ybor City is a historic neighborhood in Tampa, Florida located just northeast of downtown. It was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of immigrants, mainly from Spain, Cuba, and Italy. (source Wikipedia)

A thorough cleaning is needed to remove all old flaking paint and chalking, by deep scrubbing with a special cleaner.

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VM Ybor mausoleum

Old blistering stucco removed and prepped for new stucco

VM Ybor mausoleum after restoration

This is a crack in the cast aluminum Storico marker that will be re-welded for greater strength

Grinding down the new weld for aesthetics

Stripping the historical marker for the Columbia restaurant down to the bare metal and prepping before painting

This is a before picture of the historical marker on seventh Avenue in Ybor city that I will restore

This is the Columbia restaurant historical marker on seventh Avenue before RIT restoration

The actual welding in progress

The Columbia restaurant historical marker has been stripped cleaned and ready for painting

Don Sigel, taking care of YM Ybor statue in Central Ybor, Tampa

Prepping the statue so I can reattach the broken glasses using silver solder on this bronze statue located in Ybor city Florida

Cleaning and waxing the VM Ybor statue in Ybor city

This is a close-up of the finally painted crest

Putting the final touches on the historical marker prior to selling it with the UV clear finish


The Columbia restaurant historical marker completed ready for hanging