The Nordacs Cigar Factory in Ybor City.
Historic photograph Courtesy of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
Modern photograph by Bryan Weinstein
This building always seems like a package ready to be unwrapped. Wonder how much is still inside…
From how much the outside has changed, I’m guessing that the interior of the building has also been remodeled.
wow thanks for this posting. I have been unsuccessful finding an old photo on this yet. It is a complete eyesore now, but I live right by this. I know it’s the oldest wooden cigar factory in Ybor, but wow I wish it looked like it did a century ago. Perhaps it’s under that crappy siding work???
Anthony emailed me later to let me know that he contacted the owners, the Oliva Cigar Company. Mr. Oliva said that they recently vacated this building and relocated to another cigar factory in West Tampa. He said the original wood structure is intact and preserved under the current shield of siding. There has been talk of converting the old cigar factory into artists’ lofts at some point in time.
I’ve come across this photo a few times while trying to find out some information about my family’s history. From what I do know, is that when my family came to this country from Spain hundred of years ago, half of them went to Chicago, some to Florida, some to New York. Some also spelled their last name backwards. My last name is Scadron. Anyone with a Nordacs last name is related to me lol
It was owned by Morris Scadron and his son Ivis Scadron. Called variously the Florida Cigar Co., the Scadron Cigar Company, and the Nordacs Cigar Company, the factory moved to Quincy, Gadston County, Florida in the late 20’s. The company was liquidated in 1967.