March 16, 2022

The History of the Sicilian Club: Our Latest Commercial Renovation Project in Historic West Tampa

The Sicilian Club located on 2001 N. Howard Ave. in Tampa, is a 14,000 square foot building that was originally used for Sicilian immigrants as a social club.Onsite Construction’s commercial contractors are renovating and restoring this commercial building to its former glory for a production company!In the early 1900s, Sicilians in Tampa, FL decided to create the Sicilian Club to create a space for recreation, education, and social events. Eventually, the building was built by Fred J. James in 1928.The rear of the building consisted of a theatre which provided a variety of entertainment options to the Tampa Bay Area while the upper level consisted of the dance floor.

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The Sicilian Club was significant to the culture of the West Tampa community, and is a great example of a Mediteranean Revival architecture style.Now, this commercial space is going to be renovated by Onsite Construction for Black Horse Studio, a film and photography business based out of North Carolina, to be turned into a production studio.

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The former Sicilian Club will be transformed to consist of a space for temporary sets as well as a kitchen where commercials and food photography can be done.Rather than gutting the building out, we’re going to be keeping many of the original elements of the building such as the beautiful marble staircase to preserve as much of the historic character as possible.Some of the features that are still left in the building, such as the marble staircase, would cost an insane amount of money today. Preserving as much of the original elements as possible keeps the building’s elegant character which is important to the owners of Black Horse Studio.

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Check out the Tampa Bay Times’s coverage on the Sicilian Club’s transformation:

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