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African American History Forum

Wallace Rayfield~ Alabama Architect

Wallace Rayfield [Feb. 12]

At one time in Birmingham history, Wallace Rayfield helped to define the
look of the city. Only the second formally trained African-American
architect in the United States, Rayfield was an entrepreneur who ran a
successful mail-order architectural service in the early 20th century,
founded the architecture school at the Tuskegee Institute and designed
dozens of homes for Birmingham's emerging African-American middle class.
Precious few Rayfield buildings are still standing - most notably the
16th Street Baptist Church and a pair of academic buildings on the Miles
College campus.

The rest you can see in a "virtual walking tour" of
Rayfield's work during the "Collective Perspectives" event at Vulcan
Park on Thursday, Feb. 12. Held every Thursday in February, "Collective
Perspectives" is a series of lectures, concerts and art exhibitions held
at Vulcan recognition of Black History Month. For the program on
Rayfield, architectural historian Richard Dozier and Birmingham
enthusiast Bill Springer are the featured speakers.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a social hour with hors d'oeuvres and
a cash bar until 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for this program, or $30 for
the month-long series of events. For more information call (205)
933-1409 or visit www.visitvulcan.com
http://tinyurl.com/b5om2k
Birmingham Weekly blog 11 February 2009


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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