George Bigelow Rogers

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George Bigelow Rogers
Van Antwerp Building 1907.jpg
Van Antwerp Building, taken shortly after completion
BuildingsVan Antwerp Building
Scottish Rite Temple
Mobile Public Library

George Bigelow Rogers (1870–1945) was an American architect, best known for the wide variety of buildings that he designed in Mobile, Alabama, including mansions in historic European styles and other private residences, churches and public buildings, and the first 11-story skyscraper in Mobile and the Southeast United States. Many of his structures have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Rogers was born in Illinois in 1870. After attending local schools there, he studied painting in France. He apprenticed as an architect from 1894 to 1898 at a firm in Hartford, Connecticut. While en route to a vacation in Mexico in 1901, he stopped in Mobile.[1]

Rogers was quite taken with the city and decided to settle there. He went on to design many of what today are among its best known buildings.[1][2] He was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1941, an honor bestowed on fewer than two percent of all registered architects in the United States.[3]

Rogers died in Mobile in 1945.[4]

His architectural library is housed in the archives of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society.[5]

Projects in Mobile, Alabama[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Welsh, Frank S. (2007). "Paint, Caen Stone, and Acoustical Plaster at the Public Library in Mobile, Alabama". APT Bulletin. 38 (1). JSTOR 40004161.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "AIA Fellows" (PDF). Alabama Council of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Retrieved 30 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Bellingrath Gardens & Home Timeline". Bellingrath Gardens & Home. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Mitchell Archives". Historic Mobile Preservation Society. Retrieved 30 January 2010.