TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA)- A few weeks ago there was a glimmer of hope that the historic Jackson House, a remnant of segregation-era Tampa, might be saved. But that bright outlook is fading, and the 112-year-old rooming house could be headed for demolition.
“It’s not doable,” said Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden, one of a handful of people who recently stepped forward to champion its preservation. “It’s cost prohibitive. I’m an optimist but I’m also a realist.” As an alternative, Belden is working with Alfonso Architects to build a scale replica of the house for display, possibly at the Tampa Bay History Center or at Encore, a $425 million development of apartments, shops, a hotel and a black history museum.
Up-to-date photographs of the house will help with the replica’s design. Click Here to read the entire story at TBO.com.