Plant Hall Chosen as One of Seven Local Wonders

Published: Jul 2, 2007
The University of Tampa’s H.B. Plant Hall appeared on Good Day Tampa Bay the morning of July 5, when it was announced that Fox 13 viewers chose it as one of the Seven Wonders of Tampa Bay.

Plant Hall came in at No. 7, beating out the St. Pete Pier, Florida Southern College in Lakeland and Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard.

"Aside from the fact that it's a great school, its physical beauty and its uniqueness make it a natural," said Good Day host Bill Murphy. "I'm so proud of our viewers. They done good."

The station picked 10 local wonders to compete for the top honors. A national historic landmark, Plant Hall was a no-brainer for the list, according to Fox 13, because of its unique architecture and iconic status.

Voting went on for a couple of weeks and, by June 29, roughly 3,000 votes were cast.

Good Day Tampa Bay created the contest to coincide with the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” which will be announced on July 7 in Lisbon, Portugal. Marvels like the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower are up for that distinction.

Three live segments featuring UT aired from 8 to 9 a.m. Murphy spoke with Barbara Pennington, a consultant for the University’s 75th anniversary, in the lobby and on the verandah of Plant Hall.

"It was great fun and an honor for me to be the spokesperson for the seventh wonder," she said. "We've always known the building was a wonder."

To watch the segment, visit the Fox 13 Web site