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Come, and See the World of Architectural Black History in Ronald Lee Harden’s Book

Readers will enjoy learning about Tampa, Florida’s colorful black architectural history.


“Buildings are deeply emotive structures which form our psyche. People think they’re just things they maneuver through, but the makeup of a person is influenced by the nature of spaces.” - Sir David Frank Adjaye

In “Untold Architectural Black History of Tampa, Florida: My 36-Year Architectural Career in Tampa,” author Ronald Lee Harden highlighted a few of the landmark projects he has been involved. These projects helped develop the landscape of the community of Tampa.

One of the interesting subjects in architectural history is the African American community’s involvement in designing and constructing buildings. Unbeknownst to many, blacks have played a pivotal role in construction that has essentially helped shape the American architecture industry. The industry has long been dominated by white men, as African Americans were known to have been historically deprived of education in the field and the needed exposure or experience.

“Untold Architectural Black History of Tampa, Florida” book is a turning point, a step bravely taken by the author to further the awareness of skill and knowledge of the Black community and the significant role that they play in the progress of a society.

Ronald Lee Harden has been part of that evolution in the Tampa community. A few projects he was engaged in include the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Gaither and Bloomingdale High Schools, the Harbour Island project, Mobley Park, and Osbourne Landing Apartments. These projects helped shape Tampa and create homes, jobs, and cultural events for the city’s African-American and other mixed communities and have helped them make better lives for themselves.

Explore some of Tampa, Florida’s remarkable architecture through the eyes of Ronald Lee Harden. Order a copy of the book “Untold Architectural Black History of Tampa, Florida,” on Amazon, or visit the author’s website at

Untold Architectural Black History of Tampa, Florida: My 36-Year Architectural Career in Tampa
Author | Ronald Lee Harden
Published date | February 15, 2022
Publisher | ReadersMagnet, LLC
Book Genre | Black History

Author Bio

Ronald Lee Harden’s love for architecture was ignited from high school drafting classes. After graduating, he worked as an apprentice carpenter and then enrolled at Hillsborough Community College to pursue an associate degree in architectural construction technology. He was the first black person to obtain that degree.

After a brief stint in the Marines, he found work as an architectural draftsman, job captain, and later project manager at the Tampa office of the architectural firm MJS&H.

The author resides in Riverside Heights in Tampa, Florida. Before the economy slowed down, he worked as a project manager for local architectural firms. He spends his time designing artwork and is currently writing a suspense novel.

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