Philip Goodwin Freelon (1952-2019)

Philip Freelon is a prominent architect best known for his design of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.  Freelon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 26, 1952, to Allan R. Freelon, Jr. and Elizabeth N. Freelon. His grandfather was Allan R. Freelon, Sr., … Read MorePhilip Goodwin Freelon (1952-2019)

James H. Garrott (1897-1991)

Image Ownership: Public domain James Homer Garrott was an African American modernist architect. He was pivotal to the creation of many historic buildings in the Los Angeles, California area, designing more than 200 buildings throughout the city, including municipal buildings, schools, medical buildings, and over 25 churches … Read MoreJames H. Garrott (1897-1991)

Harvey Bernard Gantt (1943- )

Harvey B. Gantt, architect and politician, was born January 14, 1943 in Charleston, South Carolina to Christopher and Wilhelmenia Gantt.  In 1961, Gantt attended Iowa State University.  After one year of study, he returned to South Carolina and soon afterwards sued to enter racially segregated … Read MoreHarvey Bernard Gantt (1943- )

Albert I. Cassell (1895-1969)

Albert Irving Cassell, a prominent African American architect, planner, engineer, educator, and entrepreneur, was born on June 25, 1895, in Towson, Maryland.  His parents were Albert and Charlotte Cassell.  Albert’s father was a coal truck driver and trumpet player and his mother washed laundry to … Read MoreAlbert I. Cassell (1895-1969)

Vertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949)

Vertner Woodson Tandy was born in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was educated at the Candler School.  He gained an understanding of construction by watching his father build and develop homes in Lexington. These early experiences with his father led Tandy to an interest in architecture. … Read MoreVertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949)