Alfred Browning Parker

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Alfred Browning Parker
Born September 24, 1916
Boston, Massachusetts
Died March 11, 2011
Gainesville, Florida
Alma mater University of Florida
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Euphrosyne[1]
Children Derek (son)
Bo (son)
Robin (son)
Gifford or Bebe (daughter)
Quentin (son)
Lebritia (daughter)[2]

Alfred Browning Parker was a Modernist architect who is one of the best-known post World War II residential architects. He gained fame for his highly published modern houses in the region around Miami, Florida. He was born in Boston, MA and moved to Miami when he was eight years old.[3] Parker graduated from the University of Florida in 1939 with a degree in Architecture.[4] Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright but with regional touches, Parker's designs have been published in many magazines such as House Beautiful, as well as in companion books.

Parker began his practice in Miami in 1946.[5] He experimented with lower cost housing, included the "Tropex-pansible Home",[6] which was constructed with high quality but modular parts.

Other works include the renovation of the Coconut Grove Playhouse in 1954.[7][8]

In 1952 he designed the George Washington Carver Middle School.[9] Parker also served as a professor emeritus at the University of Florida School of Architecture.

The University of Florida is the repository of the architectural papers and drawings of Parker.[10] In 2008 the University of Florida announced the creation of the Alfred Browning Parker Architecture Archives Endowment to support and strengthen this effort to preserve the architectural history of Florida.[11]

Notable Commissions[edit]

  • Bal Harbour Yacht Club. 1953. Miami Beach.[12]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Graham Miller. Coconut Grove, FL. 1959 House Beautiful Pacesetter[13]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. Ewing. Coconut Grove, FL.[14][15]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Marco. Coconut Grove, FL.[16][17]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Titelman. Miami, FL.[18]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford J. Rice. Miami, FL.[19]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mass. Palm Beach, FL.[20]
  • Residence. Owner: Bert Friedman. 1957 Coconut Grove, FL.[21][22]
  • Residence. Owner: Alfred Browning Parker. Coconut Grove, FL. 1954 House Beautiful Pacesetter.[23][24][25]
  • Flagler Federal Savings & Loan Association of Miami. 1961. Miami.[26]
  • Alliance Machine Company. 1952. Coconut Grove.[27]
  • George Washington Carver High School. Coconut Grove.[28]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Barillet Clement. South Miami, FL[29]

Recommended reading[edit]

Parker, Alfred Browning (1965). You and Architecture. New York: Delacorte Press. 
Henning, Randolph C. (2011). The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker, Miami's Maverick Modernist. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 

External links[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Dunlop 2011
  2. ^ Dunlop 2011
  3. ^ Gill 1965 p. 4.
  4. ^ Academic background
  5. ^ Uguccioni 2005
  6. ^ "Florida Home: Tropix-pansible Home". Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Retrieved September 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ Cinematreasures
  8. ^ Cohan, Carol, Broadway By the Bay, (Miami, Florida: The Pickering Press, 1987). p 6.
  9. ^ George Washington Carver Middle School History
  10. ^ University of Florida Architecture Archives
  11. ^ UF names endowment after alumnus, renowned Miami architect Retrieved 20 April 2011
  12. ^ AIA 1963. p. 24
  13. ^ House Beautiful 1959
  14. ^ AIA 1963. p. 47
  15. ^ AIA 1963. p. 47
  16. ^ Barry 1958.
  17. ^ AIA 1963. p. 46
  18. ^ Barry 1958.
  19. ^ Barry 1958.
  20. ^ Barry 1958.
  21. ^ Barry 1958.
  22. ^ AIA 1963. p. 41
  23. ^ Barry 1958.
  24. ^ Gill 1965 p. 4.
  25. ^ Gabriel 1975. p. 150.
  26. ^ AIA 1963. p. 31
  27. ^ AIA 1963. p. 42
  28. ^ AIA 1963. p. 42
  29. ^ http://www.planomatic.com/11837
Bibliography
  • Barry, Joseph. The House Beautiful Treasury of Contemporary American Homes. Hawthorn, NY: Hawthorn Books, 1958.
  • Dunlop, Beth. Parker's works of great beauty, Miami Herald. March 20, 2011. p. M-1.
  • Florida South Chapter, The American Institute of Architects. A Guide to the Architecture of Miami. Miami: Florida South Chapter, AIA, 1963.
  • Patricia Gabriel. The Villagers' Book of Outstanding Homes of Miami. Coral Gables, FL: University of Miami Press, 1975.
  • Joan Gill. Three Views of Alfred Browning Parker, The Village Post, South Miami, FL. May, 1965.
  • House Beautiful. February, 1959.
  • Uguccioni, Ellen. Coconut Grove Playhouse; City of Miami; Historic Preservation, 2005. [1]