I’m back in the snowy north, hunkered down while the snow piles up.  This is my last post from my trip to Tampa.  For next week I’m working on another post about glass (yes, there’s more!), as well as a post about school security – particularly the “creative” and often non-code-compliant methods I’ve seen a lot of lately.  If you’ve run into any interesting security modifications for schools, send them along!  Have a great weekend all!

In my last post I included photos of some of the exterior doors and other exterior features at the Tampa Bay Hotel.  There are plenty of interesting and beautiful doors on the interior as well.

During construction of the hotel, Henry Plant added a wing with a dining room and additional guest rooms.  The room below is in that wing, under the large dome shown in the aerial view in my last post.  The room is called the Fletcher Lounge, and has been beautifully restored by the Chiselers, a group dedicated to the historic restoration of the hotel.

Fletcher Lounge


Lounge Entrance

The entrance doors have a lock and a separate deadlock – they are also inswinging.  However, these doors do not have an exit sign and there are marked exits with outswinging doors and panic hardware on each side of the room.  The entrance doors also have spring hinges, which as you can probably imagine, are not working very well.

2 Locks

This existing mortise knob was retrofitted with a cylindrical latchbolt.  I didn’t take it apart to investigate, but it works.

Lock Retrofit

Some of the floor-to-ceiling windows have been retrofitted as egress doors.

Door in Window Opening

Lounge Exit

Panic Hardware


This is the exit from the museum side to the university side.  See any potential problems?  I know there’s no exit sign but there are very few exits from the museum so I’m assuming this one is required.

Emergency Exit a


There’s a door waaaaayyyy down at the other end of the corridor, but it is locked.

Museum Corridor

Many of the interior doors have beautiful arched glass transoms with an operable transom window, like the Reading and Writing Room.

Writing and Reading Room

Pediment a

According to my copy of the Builders Hardware Handbook by Adon Brownell (I love this book!), this is called a surface type transom lift.

Surface Transom Lift

This is the entry door to one of the original hotel suites.

Hotel Suite Entry

Many of the interior doors are of a similar stile and rail design, but with various designs used for the top panels.  This one is painted:

Bathroom Door

Some of them look like they might be tooled leather and others are fabric:

Door with Leather Panel

Details of some of the panels:

Painted Panel Detail

Fabric Panel

Panel Detail

Sidelite Detail

Fabric Panel Detail

This panel is from the university side of the building, where the original doors have been replaced and the panels are of a more durable material.

New Panel

There are SO MANY doors in this building that many of them are not needed and are blocked by furniture:

Unused Door

Here’s some of the old hardware, mostly on the museum side.  Given the age of the building, I was surprised that I didn’t see one of Louis C. Norton’s original creations.



Some of the exterior doors have chrome hardware, while the rest is bronze or brass.  I’m curious why.

Chrome Lock

Chrome Hinge

Bronze Hinge

Brass Hinge

And here are a few of the beautiful interior features of the building:



Curved Stair


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