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W.T. Downing, Architect documents

Identifier: ahc.MSS889f

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents pertaining to the cost of construction for a house designed by W. T. Downing for J. F. Beck located at 531 North Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Also included in the collection are the taxes paid on the house through 1902, when the house was sold.


  • 1893-1902


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Walter Thomas Downing (1865-1918) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to John Downing (1832-1878) and Ann Beaux (1835-1901). Downing and his mother moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1876. He formed the architectural firm W. T. Downing, Architect in 1890. The firm initially designed churches and institutional buildings, such as the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as buildings on the campuses of Oglethorpe University and the Georgia School of Technology. In 1897, he shifted to designing private residences for Atlantans, including William Wimbish and Frank Ellis. Downing died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after being struck by a car.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1963

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.
W.T. Downing, Architect documents
Allison Maier
May 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305