The historic Italian Club Building & Cultural Trust Fund, Inc. is a 501©(3) organization for the rehabilitation and restoration of The Italian Club (L’Unione Italiana) of Tampa. L’Unione Italiana was founded in 1894 as a mutual aid society for Italian immigrants. After having its 1911 Clubhouse destroyed by fire in 1914, the Club erected the current building in 1918. For Italian immigrants, the building was a nostalgic reminder of their homeland and a commitment to permanency in their new land. The Italian Club became the center of Italian health, social, educational, and cultural activities for the entire Tampa Bay community. It is the oldest immigrant club in Ybor City, and the first structure in Tampa to embrace the architectural design traditions of Sicily.
The immigrant-constructed Italian Club building is the home of the only known Italian American Club in the southeastern U.S. The historic structure must be preserved to serve a reminder of its historic roots, and where Italian heritage, culture, customs and traditions are promoted and enjoyed by the local community. It is a neo-classical architectural gem that doubles as a living museum and cornerstone of the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida.
The historic Italian Club is located at 1731 E 7 Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.
Mission Statement of The Italian Club
The mission of The Italian Club of Tampa is to preserve and honor the culture, traditions and heritage of the Italian Community and to maintain the historical facility as a functioning memorial to the working class immigrants.
This mission is supported through the dues and contributions provided by the members, their families, friends, and government. In return, The Italian Club adds value to the membership by providing social activities, fellowship, Italian arts and culture; activities that will provide for growth and stability in the membership, creating a safe and comfortable environment for both members and employees. This atmosphere will provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for Italian Club members and employees.
As the oldest historical leader and the voice of the Italian community, The Italian Club operates in an environment characterized by the highest ethical standards, providing open and honest communication its members and the community. More information can be found at www.italian- club.org
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