YBOR CITY — Construction on the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House has reached a major milestone. Recently, the house received a fresh coat of paint, which adds a touch of color and protects its wooden exterior. In addition, bricks will soon be added along the front ramp.
Before painting, custom siding — designed to match the original siding — was installed, along with new windows. Framing was added in anticipation of a new front entry, including a custom door, glass transom and other details, which will replicate the style of homes built in Ybor City in the early 1900s. The door, sidewalk pavers and landscaping are funded by the Davis Islands Garden Club.
Interior construction also is underway to allow for the installation of exhibits in the house at 2003 N. 19th St. The museum originally was to open in the spring but was delayed because of renovation issues. The opening date has not been announced.