mid-century modernism in a civil rights suburb

February 9, 2012 — 7 Comments

Pioneering African-American architect Joseph W. Robinson designed this modernist round house in 1956, at a time when architecture as a profession was largely closed to black Americans -

The house is located in the iconic African-American neighborhood of Collier Heights, built to house the cream of black, middle-class Atlanta.  Residents like the Reverend Ralph Abernathy and attorney Donald B. Hollowell organized civil rights protests, led get-out-the-vote efforts, and changed the world for the better.

Collier Heights was built by blacks for blacks and financed by blacks,” said Juanita Abernathy, Reverend Abernathy’s widow.

Collier Heights has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places. During African-American History Month, the National Register of Historic Places is highlighting some of the historic properties that exemplify African-American achievement.

 

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7 responses to mid-century modernism in a civil rights suburb

  1. 

    She’s a
    brick house…

  2. 

    Really enjoying your blog. Do you know if and where interior photos of this are available on the web?

  3. 

    thanks! i haven’t run across any photos of the interior of the house — the only photos i’ve seen are in the article to which i linked.

  4. 

    Interior views and details would be nice; round home design can be awkward in a square culture. Also American architects of African descent should be explored and published. Like what they think about designing for Black people.

  5. 

    Are there any blueprints available for someone who would like to build one similar to this?

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