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Stevens & Wilkinson, Architects, Engineers visual arts materials

Collection number: ahc.VIS375

Scope and Content

This collection contains images and architectural drawings of buildings designed or renovated by Stevens & Wilkinson, Architects, Engineers, and the earlier iteration of the firm, Burge and Stevens. Also included are drawings from other firms collected by Stevens & Wilkinson, most notably Abreu & Robeson, Inc. Of special note are photographs and drawings of the Piedmont Driving Club, Techwood Homes, Georgia Baptist Hospital and the William-Oliver building. Also included are photographs of the Stevens & Wilkinson Atlanta office and a portrait of Flippen D. Burge, principal architect of Burge and Stevens. Of special note is Leb's Restaurant in the Shepherd Memorial Building and the racially segregated hospitals of Grady Memorial Hospital. All locations are in Atlanta, Georgia, unless otherwise noted.


  • approximately 1919-2005, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Atlanta based architectural firm Burge and Stevens was founded by Flippen D. Burge (1894-1946) and Preston S. Stevens (1896-1989) in 1919. Both men received their architectural degrees from the Georgia School of Technology. The Georgia Baptist Hospital, commissioned in 1919, was their first major project. Following Burge's death in 1946, James R. Wilkinson (1907-1981) became a partner and the name of the firm changed to Stevens & Wilkinson, Architects, Engineers. The firm is known for their commercial and institutional architecture, notably the development of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

Abreu and Robeson, Inc., founded by Francis L. Abreu and Joseph Robeson, was an Atlanta-based architectural firm. The firm was responsible for a variety of buildings and renovations in the Atlanta area, including Egleston Hospital, Oxford College Library, Atlanta State Farmer's market, Christ the King Roman Catholic cathedral, and Trust Company of Georgia.


2190 item(s) (1487 black and white photographic prints, 326 black and white negatives, 161 architectural drawings 83 drawings, 62 color photographic prints, 44 informational pages, 14 color negatives, 10 color slides, and three sketches)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Photographs and Series II. Architectural drawings. The collection is arranged alphabetically within each series according to titles supplied by staff. Original drawings titles are used in Series II. Control numbers are intentionally out of order to maintain alphabetical order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some of the items are located in cold storage (CS) as indicated in the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of cold storage item(s) before viewing material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1982, with subsequent additions

Related Materials

Stevens & Wilkinson, Architects, Engineers documents, MSS 885f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Abreu and Robeson, Inc. records, MSS 763, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

General note

The photograph collection was previously catalogued as SAW, with subsequent additions of architectural drawings.

Bias in Description

As archivists, we acknowledge our role as stewards of information. We choose how individuals and organizations are represented and described in our archives. We are not neutral, and bias is reflected in our descriptions, which may not accurately convey the racist or offensive aspects of collection materials. Archivists make mistakes and might use poor judgment. In working with this collection, we often re-use language used by the former owners of the material. This language provides context but often includes bias and prejudices reflective of the time in which it was created. The Kenan Research Center’s work is ongoing to implement reparative language where Library of Congress subject terms are inaccurate and obsolete.

Kenan Research Center welcomes feedback and questions regarding our archival descriptions. If you encounter harmful, offensive, or insensitive terminology or descriptions, please let us know by emailing Your comments are essential to our work to create inclusive and thoughtful description.

Content Advisory

This collection contains original unedited versions of all content. Some material may contain depictions of violence, offensive language, or negative stereotypes reflecting the culture or language of a particular period or place. There may be instances of racist language and depictions. These items are presented as part of the historical record for the purpose of education and research. The viewpoints expressed in this collection do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of the Atlanta History Center or any of its officers, agents, employees, or volunteers.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2022.

Stevens & Wilkinson, Architects, Engineers visual arts materials
Kate Daly
October 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305