Harold Varner, an architect whose company designed Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, has died.
Stacy Varner Jackson says her father died Dec. 14 at a hospital following a long illness. He was 78.
Museum curator of exhibitions Patrina Chatman says Varner was hands-on as the facility took shape. It opened north of downtown in 1997 and has 125,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Harold Varner also was an American Institute of Architecture fellow.