Support Plans for a Reimagined Stovall House and Save It From Future Development!
Built in 1909 by Florida Brewing Company manager L.T. Trousdale, The Stovall House is one of the oldest and best examples of Classical Revival architecture in the Tampa Bay area. Not long after Trousdale completed the house, Wallace Stovall, publisher of the Tampa Tribune from 1893 to 1925, purchased the home and retained ownership until 1943. The home was most recently owned by Harry Teasley before being purchased by Tate and Blake Casper in 2018.
The new stewards of the property plan to write the next chapter for this historic estate by reintroducing it as a timelessly designed, membership-based social club for men and women. Plans center around preserving and complementing the historic home, enhancing the already rich landscape and ensuring compatibility with the surrounding community. The development team is working diligently with neighbors to ensure their concerns are being heard and is incorporating their feedback into the final plans.
Primarily focused on food and beverage, The Stovall House promises to be an intimate setting for meals and small gatherings, and may also include speaker series, culinary experiences, and other types of activities. Six guest suites are also planned, but are not the primary focus of the property.
All great cities have iconic gathering spaces, and The Stovall House will be that for Tampa. It was 100 years ago when Wallace Stovall lived here, and it will be again today.
We, the undersigned neighbors and residents of Tampa, Florida, urge the Tampa City Council to support plans for a reimagined Stovall House by approving its rezoning and alcohol permit requests. We believe this is a smart way to use the property in a now modern world that still preserves the home and the grounds, resulting in a meaningful, historic asset for Tampa to celebrate. Based on the Casper’s sterling track record with Oxford Exchange and other contributions to the Tampa community, we are confident that the tranquil nature of the surrounding residential areas will be maintained, and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity for Tampa to compete with other leading cities that have these types of iconic social clubs woven into the fabric of their communities.