Chairman/President and founder, William R. Mitchell Jr., author of eighteen
books including three SAF publications; President, The History Business, LLC.
Secretary and Treasurer, Philip J. Santangelo, PhD
Chairman Executive Committee,
T. Marion Slaton
Current Board of Directors, Officers and
Location: 1421 Peachtree Street Unit 410,
Atlanta, GA 30309
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- "Madison, A Classic Southern Town", by William R. Mitchell and photographs by Van Jones Martin and James Lockhart, to be published 2010.
Preservation in Georgia, 1969-74, The Origins and Establishment of The
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, by William R. Mitchell, Jr. (to be published)
- Southern Architecture Illustrated (reprint of rare 1931
publication) Fall 2002
- The Mitchell Southern Architecture Collection Archives at the Atlanta
- Young Friends of SAF, Inc., events
- A newsletter, The Piazza, is issued from time to time.
William R. Mitchell, Jr., received an Institute of Classical Architecture/Classical
Arthur Ross Award in Manhattan,
May 1, 2006.
Southern Architecture Foundation President, Bill
Mitchell, is the author of Summerour: Architecture
of Permanence, Scale and Proportion, issued October 21, 2006 and
published in cooperation with SAF, Inc. The publication party was held
at the Summerour firms new Atlanta office, 409 Bishop Street, NW, a
refurbished and enlarged, factory building overlooking Atlantic Station.
At the October reception, Mitchell and Keith Summerour autographed hundreds
of copies of this new 160 page illustrated Golden Coast Publishing Co.
volume, Mitchell's 17th book. Sales of this handsome new volume, long
term, will help SAF's mission.
has advised individuals, architectural firms, given lectures and architectural
tours, and collaborated with the Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta Chapter of
the AIA, the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture,
the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta Preservation Center,
Harry Norman Realtors, Jenny Pruitt and Associates, Realtors, and other
Neel Reid Prize
Bill Mitchell Receives Prestigious Award
May 19, 2007 from Georgia Trust!
Click on link to read more about it
J. Neel Reid, Architect by William R. Mitchell, Jr., is now in the second printing.
Published in conjunction with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation,
the book funds the J. Neel Reid Prize, a Georgia Trust project. Bill
Mitchell serves on the Trust's Prize committee, and was one of the Trust's
incorporating founders in 1973.
From the Rambler, March/April 2006, page 3
Southern Architecture Foundation,
Press on these links to
read what Bill Mitchell has to say
about New Orleans in the USA Today!
review of Mitchell’s,
J. Neel Reid Architect, “This publication is by far the finest
architectural monograph to be recently published, and is the standard for all
others to emulate.” (The Classicist No. 6, the Institute of Classical
And from a review of his Edward Vason Jones, “In this beautifully
produced monograph, William Mitchell provides a definitive account of Jones’
devotion to the classical tradition of the South. This is another excellent
architectural monograph to be recently published, and promises to become a
standard for the serious student of the classical tradition.” (The Classicist
No. 6, the Institute of Classical Architecture, 2001).
to promote the understanding and appreciation of Southern architecture and
associated arts through:
• Location, acquisition, organization, and preservation of historic
records and documents;
• Identification, preservation, and restoration of historic structures,
landscapes, and decorative arts and crafts;
• Research, analysis, and synthesis of information related to the subject of
• Publication of scholarly works resulting from these efforts; and
Educational programs such as lectures and tours.
Availability of Publications:
James Means book and
Southern Architecture Illustrated reprint (and other Mitchell books) are
Golden Coast Publishing Company
22 Waite Drive, Savannah, Georgia, 31406 PH: 912-352-1809 or
Current prices are
available through Golden Coast Publishing.
Both the J. Neel Reid book
and the Edward Vason Jones book can be obtained from the
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation (see Links).
From a Fact Sheet about the new SAF-Atlanta History Center Project:
Efforts have begun to create the William R. Mitchell, Jr., Southern
Architecture Collection at the Atlanta History Center archives. Mitchell, author
of over seventeen books, is founding President and Chairman of the Southern
Architecture Foundation, Inc. (SAF). Mitchell’s research materials form an
outstanding collection of books and historical files, including documents,
drawings, records, and photographs relating to Southern architecture and
associated arts. These files have formed the basis for the numerous books and
projects of which Mr. Mitchell is the author. Mr. Mitchell’s gift of his private
library and research papers will be used in the study of Southern architecture
through the preservation, cataloging, and public access to these materials. Long
term, the Atlanta History Center hopes to enlarge its Southern architecture
holdings and establish itself as a preeminent repository for the study of
Kenan Research Center:
The Kenan Research Center is one of the finest research archives related to
Southern history and culture. Its holdings include contemporary library and rare
book collections comprising 33,000 volumes; nearly 1,000 archival manuscript
collections containing personal and family papers and business records; a
graphic collection of photographs, architectural plans and drawings, as well as
prints and maps; and city and county government records. Housed in the Atlanta
History Center’s McElreath Hall, the Research Center’s 33,000 square feet
includes climate-controlled storage for the collections, modern security, and a
public reading room for historical researchers. The addition of the William R.
Mitchell, Jr. Collection, one of the finest of its kind in the nation, will
become an important part of the Center’s archives and architectural research
Mitchell Southern Architecture Collection:
The Mitchell Collection will be a core research collection for the
Atlanta History Center and the nucleus to attract
other collections related to Southern architecture. The Mitchell Collection will
become a significant addition to the research center’s existing collection of
architectural drawings, document, business records, and photographs. It will
enhance the current Kenan Research Center collections of “The Georgia School of
Classicists” including Philip Shutze, James Means, Neel Reid, Lewis “Buck”
Crook, and others. The Mitchell Collection is focused on Atlanta and Georgia
architecture, and the entire South. The architecture and material culture of the
South is as broad and varied as the region itself, embracing expressions by
Native Americans, Spanish, French, English, Scots, Irish, Germans, and
Afro-Americans among others. SAF was created to join in the recordings of this
architectural heritage, an integral part of the culture of America itself.
The Mitchell Collection will complement the Cherokee Garden Library &
Center for the Study of Southern Garden History also located in the Kenan
Research Center. This collection includes over 6,400 volumes devoted to botany,
horticulture, landscape design, gardening, and garden history. The structure of
the Mitchell Collection will be similar to the Cherokee Garden Library in
promotion, development, and programmatic activities. Other models
include the Southeastern Architectural Archive at Tulane University in New
Orleans (which is associated with its school of architecture) and the Avery
Architecture and Fine Arts Library established in 1890 at Columbia University.
Cataloging of the Mitchell Collection
has required fundraising, which has been an ongoing campaign since late
2003. Funds have been raised to house the Mitchell Collection into archival
containers and catalog the books and archival materials on the Research Center’s
online computer system, Terminus. The project archivist has been processing
the research papers, applying standard archival measures, cataloging in USMARC
format and creating a local finding aid. As with all Research Center
collections, this data will be available on a web-based source and would be
accessible to any researcher via the Atlanta History Center’s main web site.
Summerour & Associates
The History Business, LLC
Coast Publishing Company
Atlanta History Center
The Georgia Trust
Georgia Encyclopedia - Georgia Historical Commission
J. Neel Reid (available through):
Trust for Historic Preservation
Jim Crossley's Webpage about his
grandfather Lewis "Buck" Crook Jr.:
Other SAF and Mitchell publications
are available through Golden Coast Publishing Company.
All in-print books are available
through commercial, nation-wide book stores.