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St. James at ENCORE!

St. James at ENCORE!® is the location of a new Tampa Bay History Center initiative in partnership with the Tampa Housing Authority to provide educational experiences in the historic St. James Episcopal Church.

St. James at ENCORE!®

Welcome to Downtown's Tempo District

How to find the historic St. James Church.

Public Parking

StJames at ENCORE!® is located at 1202 N. Governor St. in Tampa, Fla. The historic red brick structure sits between Central Ave. to the west and Governor St. to the east in Downtown’s Tempo District. Ray Charles Blvd. runs parallel to the building once home to StJames Episcopal Church.

Two-hour, on-street parking is available for free throughout the ENCORE!® community. For special events, attendees may find additional parking in the Ella parking garage (1st floor) at 1210 Ray Charles Blvd. Just so you know, the parking garage entrance is located off N. Governor St.

On-street parking next to Perry Harvey, Sr. Park is reserved for park patrons only. We ask guests of this special event to park along Ray Charles Blvd. or in the Ella parking garage.

Public Transportation

StJames at ENCORE!® is accessible by HART at the Marion Transit Center (1211 N. Marion St.) and bus routes 2/9/12 at 1112 E. Cass St.;  2/12 (Southbound) 918 N Nebraska Ave.; 2/12 (Northbound) 1001-1099 N. Nebraska Ave.

St. James Episcopal Church in 1933
St. James at ENCORE!®
St. James Episcopal Church in 1933

Meeting in a historic location.

St. James Episcopal Church was founded in 1895. In its early years, Bahamian and Afro-Cuban immigrants made up the majority of the church’s congregation. The church grew in the early twentieth century, and in 1921 it began holding services in the brick church you see today. In 1960, St. James’ congregation was merged with the Episcopal House of Prayer. This merger created one of the first integrated churches in the area, and the blended congregation met at the House of Prayer’s stone church, built in 1922, in Tampa Heights.