Julian Abele, Architect and the Beaux Arts uncovers the life of one of the first beaux arts trained African American architects. Overcoming racial segregation at the beginning of the twentieth century, Abele received his architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1902.
Wilson traces Abele’s progress as he went on to become the most formally educated architect in America at that time. Abele later contributed to the architectural history of America by designing over 200 buildings throughout his career including the Widener Memorial Library (1913) at Harvard University and the Free Library of Philadelphia (1917).
Architectural history is a valuable resource for those studying architecture. As such this book is beneficial for academics and students of architecture and architectural historians with a particular interest in minority discussions.
Table of Contents
1. Advantages of Family, Color and Place 2. Institute of Colored Youth 3. Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art 4. University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture 5. Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts 6. North by Northwest 7. Out of South Philly 8. Office of Horace Trumbauer 9. Philadelphia T-Square Club 10. Personal Azimuth 11. Pennsylvania Museum of Art 12. A Great Towering Church 13. American Institute of Architects 14. In My Father's House 15. Epilogue
Dreck Spurlock Wilson is a graduate of Iowa State University, USA and the University of Chicago, USA. He was an Associate Professor of Architectural History at Howard University and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Morgan State University and is a licensed landscape architect. Dreck is the editor and a contributing author of the Biographical Dictionary of African American Architects, 1865–1945 also published by Taylor & Francis.