The Italian Club, 7th Avenue  



The Italian Club is located on the corner of 17th Street and East 7th Avenue, also known as "La Septima."  It is the main street through Ybor City.


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Click to read the markers.



Read an April 4, 2004 article by Leland Hawes about the founding of the Italian Club and the mutual aid program.


Club legend has it that Philip Licata, an early president of the club, was only 14 years old when he met with adults to set up the mutual-aid society. The club's doctor would receive 25 cents a visit in the early years.  Philip started the mutual-aid society by bringing adults together to set up the program.  He actually wrote the program and then presented it to the adults who helped refine it.




Over a century ago, L'Unione Italiana was founded by a small visionary group who realized that by uniting together, the Italian community of Tampa could overcome many of the social and economic challenges that confronted the "turn-of-the-century" immigrants from Italy.

The mission of L’Unione Italiana 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.



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Click to read the plaques


Read about the 3-legged figure ("Trinacria") on the window.

It also appears on the flag of Sicily.




Close up of east face


Each year, Ybor City is host to La Festa Italiana, a gathering of authentic tastes, sights & sounds straight from Italy... Imported here to Ybor City in Tampa.  An annual event guaranteed to delight your whole family, it is set in the heart of historic Ybor City.  Proceeds for the event benefit the Italian Club Restoration Fund L'Unione Italiana, founded 1894.


Visit La Festa Italiana website



Original cornerstone displayed in front of the window

Italian Club Historical Photos

Old Photos:  Burgert Bros.
1919   Possibly 1920's   1924 banquet 
1936 Broadway Theater   1936

Robertson & Fresh
Men's Banquet (no date)    The Bar 1942

Tampa Historian Tony Pizzo article
"The Italian Heritage in Tampa" (PDF file)

Visit the Italian Club website



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