African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary, by Dreck Spurlock Wilson

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Because the finish of the Civil conflict, African-American architects were answerable for developing homes, colleges, examine institutes, and different major structures in the course of the usa. The Widener Library at Harvard collage, the 16th highway Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and Tuskegee Institute's Butler Chapel are only a couple of examples of fashionable constructions designed through African americans. yet although a few of the buildings they helped create live to tell the tale to at the present time, each one of these architects stay nearly unknown.This certain reference resource brings the lives and paintings of those pioneers to mild for the 1st time. Written by means of over a hundred specialists, starting from archivists to architectural historians, this ebook chronicles African-American architects from the period of Emancipation to the tip of worldwide warfare II, filling a key hole in latest scholarship. The variety of architects and the scope in their accomplishments will shock and fascinate readers. a few one hundred sixty illustrated A-Z entries contain biographical essays in addition to observation at the paintings of every architect, delivering a wealth of data approximately their lives, their constructions, and the stumbling blocks many needed to triumph over. Articles offer perception at the background of architectural schooling at characteristically black schools and universities, equivalent to Tuskegee Institute, Howard collage, Hampton Institute, Florida A&M, and Prairie View A&M. The e-book contains a invaluable introductory review of African american citizens in family structure, and an appendix containing a listing of structures through geographical situation and architect makes for a convenient reference tool

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S. Mill & Conestoga Rds. Villanova PA 1911 Now American Missionary Fellowship Dixon, Fitz E. “Ronaele Manor” Church Rd. & Washington Ln. Elkins Park PA 1923 demolished Dodge, Anna 12 Lakeshore Rd. Grosse Pointe MI 1931 “Rose Terrace,” demolished Dows, David “Charlton Brookfield SE of Hall” Hempsted Brookville NY 1916 Drexel, John R. “Fairholme” 237 Ruggles Ave. Newport RI 1910 Duke, James B. 1 E. 78th St. New York NY 1909 Now NYU Institute of Fine Arts Duke’s Chapel 807 Old Oxford Rd. Bragtown NC 1926 Duke University Botany Bldg.

Romulus Jr. married Louise Williams in the 1920s. She was a public school teacher formerly from Durham, North Carolina. No children were born to their union, and she died in 1948. Romulus Jr. married a second time, to Nettie Archer, who passed away in 1965. They had no children. C. He designed apartment buildings, churches, and mediumsized commercial buildings. During the 1920s and 1930s he designed eleven houses in Brookland, all of which were red brick Georgian style—the style preferred by his Howard University and federal employee clients.

While in Memphis Bailey obtained beneficial business contacts through the lodges of the Knights of Pythias, an African American fraternal organization. These contacts resulted in many commissions. Most notably, this connection netted Bailey the largest project of his career and one of the major African American building projects of the early twentieth century— the 8-story National Pythian Temple in Chicago. Conceptualized in 1922, the building was planned to be the headquarters of the Knights of Pythias and to house the lodge’s African American architects 24 combined national offices, numerous meeting halls, and rent-producing stores and offices.

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