Old Hillsborough County Courthouse Demolition, 1953

Hillsborough County Courthouse on Dec. 22, 1952
Corner of Franklin Street and Lafayette
Place your cursor on the photo to see demolition in progress, April 1953


Same intersection today
Tampa's Blue Monster and adjacent parking garage--two good reasons to push for preservation of historic buildings.


Courthouse entrance in 1953 just before demolition
When the old Hillsborough County Courthouse on Franklin Street was demolished, Judge Leo Stalnaker (1897-1986) obtained several large stained glass windows and ornate Moorish style trimming from the main courtroom. These unique items were incorporated into a den at his home. Leo’s interest in stained glass was evidently passed down to son, Leo, Jr. After the latter’s retirement, he became skilled in the delicate artistry, and nine of his creations are on display in a church on Merritt Island, Florida.

June 1953
Florida Avenue on the right with Floridan Hotel in the distance

1953 - A view from the former courthouse site of the Elks Lodge building and Tampa Terrace Hotel
with cars parked on Florida Avenue.

Back to Tampa in the 1940s