Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
William Sidney Pittman
Pioneer African American architect William Sidney Pittman was born in Montgomery, Alabama on April 21, 1875. Pittman attended segregated public schools in Montgomery and Birmingham before enrolling at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1892 at the age of 17. In 1897, Pittman entered the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry and graduated in 1900 with a focus on architecture and mechanical drawing. For a short time, Pittman worked at the Tuskegee Institute and then moved to Washington, D.C. to open a private architectural practice. During this time, he designed numerous public buildings and gained recognition as one of the most accomplished black architects in America. In 1907, he married Portia Washington, daughter of Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute, and in 1913, they moved to Dallas where Pittman operated an office from their home.
While in Dallas, Pittman designed many buildings, including the 1916 Pythian Temple, built to serve as the state headquarters for the black fraternal organization, the Knights of Pythias. The building was financed by the black citizens
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16122.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Architecture • Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 32° 47.222′ N, 96° 47.382′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on North Good Latimer Expressway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 624 N Good Latimer Expressway, Dallas TX 75204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilson Block (approx. ¼ mile away); Original Site of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Dallas (approx. 0.3 miles away); Karl St. John HoblitzelleMajestic Theatre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hilton Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Moorland YMCA Building (approx. half a mile away); Baylor College of Dentistry (approx. half a mile away); The Dallas Morning News (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
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