1957

Open Gate Motel ,
Tampa

1957 2010

1957 2010

Description

Before the interstates were built, Florida Avenue was one of the main thoroughfares leading into Tampa. The Open Gate Motel, along with many other motels once located along Florida Avenue, welcomed visitors from the north heading towards downtown Tampa.

You can see read more about Tampa’s neon signs in the book Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes.

Photo Credits

Historic photograph Courtesy of the Cinchett family

Modern photograph by Bryan Weinstein

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  1. Barbara Brazeal Collins says:

    From December 1959 until the Fall of 1979, my parents Pete and Betty Brazeal owned this motel. We an excellent rating from AAA and had returning clients for all of those years. My parents treated people like family and my sister and I grew up there changing beds, answering the switchboard, cleaning rooms, even renting rooms!! It was a place to be proud of and it was a great place to hold pajama parties when I was in high school (Hillsborough High School). We had one huge room with two beds in the main room and a double bed in a second room within the unit — many a pizza was eaten, many a coca-cola drunk and much girl chatter was had. I am sorry that it has apparently deteriorated — my parents would have never let that happen. Good memories for me.

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