Historic Markers Across Alabama

Campus Architect

Marker ID:  
Location: University Avenue, Tuskegee Institute, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 25.782    W 085° 42.28
  32.4297    -85.70466666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Campus Architect
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

I should consider it a far-reaching calamity for us to lose Mr. Taylor at Tuskegee.
—Booker T. Washington

Look at the buildings around the main quadrangle. Much of what you see is the work of Robert R. Taylor, the school's original architect. Taylor also designed many buildings in other areas of the campus.

Taylor taught architecture and supervised students as they built dormitories, classroom buildings, administrative offices, the Washington family home, and the chapel, which he considered his masterpiece.

[Photo captions]
{Top Right}: Robert R. Taylor, the first African American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spent all but three years of his architectural career at Tuskegee.

{Bottom Right Map}: The locations of buildings designed by Taylor are shown in black with their dates of construction. Those that can be seen from this point are Huntington, Douglass, Tantum, Tompkins and White.
{Main Photo}: Students construct the Old Administration Building in 1902 using bricks made on the campus.

National Park Service, Department of the Interior.


More information:
NPS - Tuskegee University
Wikipedia - Booker T. Washington
Wikipedia - George Washington Carver

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