Jackson Rooming House

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Jackson Rooming House
Jackson Rooming House Tampa.jpg
The Jackson House viewed from Zack Street
Jackson Rooming House is located in Florida
Jackson Rooming House
Jackson Rooming House is located in the US
Jackson Rooming House
Location 851 Zack Street
Hillsborough County
Coordinates 27°57′8″N 82°27′7″W / 27.95222°N 82.45194°W / 27.95222; -82.45194Coordinates: 27°57′8″N 82°27′7″W / 27.95222°N 82.45194°W / 27.95222; -82.45194
Built 1901 - original structure
(additional rooms, 2nd floor, added later)[2]
Architectural style
Frame Vernacular
NRHP Reference # 07000112 [1]
Added to NRHP March 7, 2007 [1]

The Jackson Rooming House, also known as Jackson House, is a historic building constructed in 1901 as a boarding house in the city of Tampa, in the U.S. state of Florida. It provided accommodations to African-Americans and other travelers of African descent during the era of racial segregation. It is located on the north end of downtown at 851 Zack Street, approximately one block west of Tampa Union Station. On March 7, 2007, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).[1]

The Jackson Rooming House was one of the only places in Tampa where black travelers could find lodging, as they were not accepted in standard hotels of the day. The 24-room establishment began as a six-room cottage built by Moses and Sarah Jackson in 1901. Soon after, they added bedrooms and a second story in order to operate the rooming house, which remained in business until 1989. The Jacksons' children inherited the business and the home remains in the possession of one of the Jacksons' grandchildren.[2]

During its time the Jackson House played host to several prominent entertainers, including Count Basie, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ray Charles. Acts such as these would come to play the nightclubs of Tampa's black business district, which thrived nearby along Central Avenue until the 1960s.[3]

During the urban renewal of the 1970s most of the neighborhood surrounding the house was razed. By 2007, when the house was added to the NRHP, the Jackson House was believed to be the last free-standing residential dwelling in downtown Tampa.[2]

In 2013, the Jackson House was deemed too damaged to be restored and faced likely demolition.[4] In 2013, efforts were being made to save the historic Rooming House from demolition by the City of Tampa [5] As of January 13, 2014, Bubba the Love Sponge will own this property and will begin the restoration of the house.[6][dead link] Soon after he withdrew plans blaming mayor Bob Buckhorn and city officials.[7]