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Author Series: Ellen Weiss

June 26, 2013 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: members free; $10 nonmembers; all must register
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Author Series: Ellen Weiss

BSA Space Author Series features talented writers discussing their recent publications in the areas of architecture, design and the built environment. Hear authors read from their works, and engage in a dialogue with the author and other audience members. Copies of the publications will be available for sale and signing.

Join Dr. Ellen Weiss, professor emerita from the Tulane University School of Architecture, for a discussion and book signing for her newest monograph of Robert Taylor, Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington. This insightful work documents Robert Taylor’s great challenges as a student at MIT in the late nineteenth-century and, more importantly, his role as the first professionally trained African American architect. Taylor achieved greatness as a pioneer in his field, especially in the Jim Crow era, as an instrumental instructor and mentor at the Tuskegee Institute, and as a talented designer and campus planner helping Booker T. Washington achieve his educational vision of racial pride and progress. The book also considers such issues as architectural education for African Americans at the turn of the twentieth century, the white donors who funded Tuskegee’s buildings, other Tuskegee architects, and Taylor’s buildings elsewhere.

Advance registration required.