Henry B. Plant was a railroad tycoon. In 1891, he proudly opened the ultra-luxury Tampa Bay Hotel. This Moorish Revival design features a stunning array of stainless-steel cupolas, domes and minarets stretching for a quarter of a mile. Inside the six-acre resort were unheard of amenities such as telephones, electric lights and an elevator. The 500 suites provided stunning views of the 150 acre grounds and the Hillsborough River. It closed in 1930. The south end is now a museum showcasing several of the original rooms, furniture and artworks. The other wing is used by the University of Tampa.