Tampa's architecture is quite diverse and reflects the city's history and ethnic culture.  Depending upon the part of the city you are visiting, the architecture can vary widely.  While the downtown boasts a modern skyline, reflecting Tampa's commitment to its economic future, Tampa's oldest neighborhood, Hyde Park, is full of beautiful Arts and Crafts style, early 20th-century bungalow homes and businesses.  The buildings in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood reflect the area's Spanish-Cuban roots with their balconies decorated with iron lace and hacienda-style facades. 

Tampa's most famous National Historic Landmark is the University of Tampa, built in 1891 as the Tampa Bay Hotel. Its minarets have become the symbol of the city.

Many of Tampa's newer buildings are also quite beautiful in their own right.  The design of Tampa's modern International Airport has won several awards for its use of light and open space.  The new Tampa Museum of Art is a dramatic modern building clad in perforated aluminum panels and located on the banks of the Hillsborough River. It is the centerpiece of the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, by New York-based landscape architect Thomas Balsley, that includes the new Glazer Children's museum, Kiley Garden and the Harry Wolf-designed Rivergate Tower, aka the "Beer Can Building," and "The Cube."