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"I" is for Irvin, Willis [1890-1950]

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  "I" is for Irvin, Willis [1890-1950]. Architect. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Irvin established a practice in Augusta. For nearly 30 years he was the leading designer of upscale residences throughout the lowcountry. He catered to wealthy clients, including many northerners who bought plantations for use as winter homes. His goal was to create “residential work in the style characteristic of the Old South.” In reality, his designs were a mythical conception of the Southern plantation far more elaborate than anything in the “Old South.” Monumental porticos, extensive classical ornamentation, and sumptuous interiors were the hallmarks of his work. He was a consummate stylist of the colonial revival, and he displayed his versatility by also working in the Spanish revival, and neoclassical styles. Willis Irvin's work in South Carolina also included public schools, churches, and commercial buildings.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.