William Harvard, Sr.

A Florida native and an acclaimed architect, William Harvard is best-known for designing the iconic Municipal Pier in 1973. The structure’s revolutionary inverted pyramid design altered the downtown St. Petersburg skyline. Two other remarkable projects are the Williams Park Band Shell and Pasadena Community Church, acclaimed as “one of America’s most striking examples of contemporary religious architecture.” Harvard’s passion for art was always a hobby and he sought expression in many types of media. Painting was the foundation of his creativity. This developed into impression and abstract searches for his expanded talent and mastery of the media to fulfill his creative needs. That was furthered with instruction and classes with individual artists and The Art Center for many years. Harvard was one of the artists who participated in the Art Club’s 1953 exhibition featuring Florida architects.