Tonight Georgia Tech Professor and author Robert M. Craig will give a talk at The Cathedral of St. Philip on his new book about the early 20th century Atlanta Starchitect Francis Palmer Smith. The Ohio-born, University of Pennsylvania-trained Smith came to Atlanta in 1908 to serve as a professor and the first leader of Tech's then-new school of architecture, where he educated other noted Atlanta draftsmen like Phillip Trammell Shutze and Ed Ivey. He also worked- quite prolifically- as a partner in the architecture firm he founded with a partner, Preston and Smith. In addition to being the designer of many mansions in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, he designed Atlanta landmarks like the Rhodes Haverty and Atlanta's original Art Deco masterpiece, the William Oliver building, as well as many of Atlanta's most beautiful churches (including, appropriately, The Cathedral of St. Philip). Atlanta architecture buffs: get thee to the talk or pick up the book- which according to its Amazon listing- is selling quite well.
· Francis Palmer Smith (1886-1971) [New Georgia Encyclopedia]
· Works of Legendary Atlanta Architect Francis Palmer Smith Chronicled in a New Book [The Cathedral Antiques Show blog]