Alfred Browning Parker

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Alfred Browning Parker
BornSeptember 24, 1916
DiedMarch 11, 2011
Alma materUniversity of Florida
ChildrenDerek (son)
Bo (son)
Robin (son)
Gifford or Bebe (daughter)
Quentin (son)
Lebritia (daughter)[2]

Alfred Browning Parker, FAIA (1916–2011) 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.

Alfred Browning Parker designed well over 500 projects in his 60-year career. Most notable were his own homes, especially the homes he designed for himself on Royal Road and in Gables Estates (both recognized as Pace Setters by House Beautiful magazine[7]), as well as the home he called Woodsong, his mother's Jewel in the Treetop home, and the demolished Alliance Machine Company building (all in Coconut Grove), plus the Hope Lutheran Church on Bird Road, the General Capital Corporation building on NW 54th Street, Miamarina ("remuddled" into a Hard Rock Café on the Bay) and Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach.[8]

Other works include the renovation of the Coconut Grove Playhouse (1954).[9][10]

In 1952 he designed the George Washington Carver Middle School.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Notable Commissions[edit]

  • Bal Harbour Yacht Club. 1953. Miami Beach.[14]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Graham Miller. Coconut Grove, FL. 1959 House Beautiful Pacesetter[15]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. Ewing. Coconut Grove, FL.[16]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Marco. Coconut Grove, FL.[17][18]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Titelman. Miami, FL.[19]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford J. Rice. Miami, FL.[20]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mass. Palm Beach, FL.[21]
  • Residence. Owner: Bert Friedman. 1957 Coconut Grove, FL.[22][23]
  • Residence. Owner: Alfred Browning Parker. Coconut Grove, FL. 1954 House Beautiful Pacesetter.[24][25][26]
  • Flagler Federal Savings & Loan Association of Miami. 1961. Miami.[27]
  • Alliance Machine Company. 1952. Coconut Grove.[28]
  • George Washington Carver High School. Coral Gables.[29]
  • Residence. Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Barillet Clement. South Miami, FL[30]

Recommended reading[edit]

Parker, Alfred Browning (1965). You and Architecture. New York: Delacorte Press. OCLC 1190482.

Henning, Randolph C. (2011). The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker, Miami's Maverick Modernist. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0-8130-3677-9. OCLC 707260796. Publisher's page.

Penick, Monica (2017). Tastemaker: Elizabeth Gordon, House Beautiful, and the Postwar American Home. New Haven, CN: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300221763. OCLC

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dunlop 2011
  2. ^ Dunlop 2011
  3. ^ Gill 1965 p. 4.
  4. ^ "Academic background". Archived from the original on 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
  5. ^ Uguccioni 2005
  6. ^ "Florida Home: Tropix-pansible Home". Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Archived from the original on November 28, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  7. ^ 1972-, Penick, Monica (2017). Tastemaker : Elizabeth Gordon, House Beautiful, and the postwar American home. New Haven. ISBN 9780300221763. OCLC 961308403.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "NiteTalk: Alfred Browning Parker's Fabled Florida Architecture". NBC 6 South Florida. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  9. ^ Cinematreasures
  10. ^ Cohan, Carol, Broadway By the Bay, (Miami, Florida: The Pickering Press, 1987). p 6.
  11. ^ George Washington Carver Middle School History Archived 2009-05-05 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ University of Florida Architecture Archives
  13. ^ UF names endowment after alumnus, renowned Miami architect Archived 2011-05-22 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 20 April 2011
  14. ^ AIA 1963. p. 24
  15. ^ House Beautiful 1959
  16. ^ AIA 1963. p. 47
  17. ^ Barry 1958.
  18. ^ AIA 1963. p. 46
  19. ^ Barry 1958.
  20. ^ Barry 1958.
  21. ^ Barry 1958.
  22. ^ Barry 1958.
  23. ^ AIA 1963. p. 41
  24. ^ Barry 1958.
  25. ^ Gill 1965 p. 4.
  26. ^ Gabriel 1975. p. 150.
  27. ^ AIA 1963. p. 31
  28. ^ AIA 1963. p. 42
  29. ^ AIA 1963. p. 42
  30. ^
  • 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]