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Birmingham Architecture & Design Collection
Lawrence S. Whitten, Architect

Lawrence S. Whitten, Architect
Drawings, 1950-1966
AR 0892

Overview

Bank for Savings Building, April 20, 1962. File #0820.11.48. Alfred C. Keily Collection. Birmingham Public Library. Department of Archives and Manuscripts.Lawrence S. Whitten (1906-1968), a native of Anderson, South Carolina, practiced architecture in Birmingham from the late 1920s through the 1960s. During his early career, he worked as a draftsman and engineer for the firm of Miller & Martin, architect David O. Whilldin, and the Birmingham Electric Company. From 1938 through 1950 with only a brief absence in the mid-1940s when he served in the United States Navy, Whitten was an architect in the office of Charles H. McCauley. In 1950, Whitten started his own firm, Lawrence S. Whitten, Architect. Whitten’s son James S. Whitten later joined the firm, and they practiced under the name of Lawrence S. Whitten & Son. The two firms designed many residences, small commercial buildings, small industrial facilities, clinics, hospitals, academic buildings, churches, and office buildings. One of the firm’s most notable designs is the Bank for Savings Building (c. 1962, now Two North Twentieth) at Twentieth Street North & Morris Avenue in downtown Birmingham.

Scope and Content


This collection contains thousands of drawings, blueprints, and renderings for hundreds of jobs completed by Lawrence S. Whitten, Architect, and Lawrence S. Whitten & Son, between 1950 and 1966. The collection also includes job books that list individual projects both alphabetically by project name and numerically by project number. This collection is currently being processed by Archives staff.

Sources

Bank for Savings Building, April 20, 1962. File #0820.11.48. Alfred C. Keily Collection. Birmingham Public Library. Department of Archives and Manuscripts.

“Mr. Whitten.” The Birmingham News 27 August 1968, p.29. Polk’s Birmingham City Directory. Birmingham: R.L. Polk & Co., 1928-1952.

Thermofax Copy of Rendering of Building for Albert Bluttman. File #0892.149.04. Lawrence S. Whitten Collection. Birmingham Public Library. Department of Archives and Manuscripts.

White, Marjorie Longenecker. Downtown Birmingham: Architectural and Historical Walking Tour Guide. Birmingham, Alabama: Birmingham Publishing Company, 1980. Publication of the Birmingham Historical Society & First National Bank of Birmingham.

Thermofax Copy of Rendering of Building for Albert Bluttman. File #0892.149.04. Lawrence S. Whitten Collection. Birmingham Public Library. Department of Archives and Manuscripts.
 

Westinghouse Commercial: Bank for Savings Building, 1962

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