The smaller photograph at left was taken of the same building on January 12, 1927, by the Burgert Bros, the family of photographers who recorded the area's people, places and events for over 60 years.* When I spotted the Turner building this afternoon, with iron bars on its windows, fenced and with a sale or lease sign, I actually thought it might actually be a relatively new building. The design looks like so many Mediterranean -style homes and office buildings being built in Tampa today and this one didn’t show much age at all. Little did I know it dates back almost one hundred years and had a long and hard-earned commercial history. Examples of the company’s work and craftsmanship will be around for many, many years to come.
*“The Burgert family's impact on commercial photography began in 1899, when S.P. Burgert and Son first opened a photographic studio in Tampa. By 1918, the Burgert Brothers Commercial Photography Studio, with brothers Jean and Al Burgert at the helm, was firmly established in Tampa providing commercial photography services to the West Coast region of Florida. The firm continued in operation until 1963. During this time, the brothers took over 80,000 photographs for their clients. The distinctive handwritten Burgert Brothers logo on the lower corner of the photographs became a hallmark of photographic excellence, reflecting both the quality of the Burgert's work and their business integrity.” - Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative | http://www.hcplc.org