Philadelphia Museum of Art
Widener Library at Harvard
The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, much of Duke University,
Able was hired by Horace Trumbau in 1902, a firm which had been exclusively white
His talent was such that it made him chief designer at age 27, which paid him a salary of $12,000 per year in 1912 (more than $250,000 in current dollars).
Julian Francis Abele and Horace Trumbauer
Julian Francis Abele, Ground-Breaking Architect
Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
There are countless untold stories of African American Excellece however these stories are not reflected in the text books that are used to chronicle history. Today there are many black architects in North Carolina but before 1970, it was another story and not a nice one. The field of architecture made choosing that profession very tough for women, but for minorities it was nearly impossible. There ere almost none for decades. In 1950 there were only two black architects registered in North Carolina. By 1980 the number increased to less than 4%, only 65 out of a total of 1909. Even by 1993, blacks made up only 7.5% of members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
This series profiles the North Carolina pioneers who followed their hearts into architecture despite substantial resistance from both society and industry.