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FLOR500 invites 500 schools and libraries from across the state's 67 counties plant 500 wildflower gardens and dedicate them to one of 500 important Floridians (selected by a team of historians) featured on this website. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop skills in art, history, and nature as they participate in celebrating 500 years of Florida.

Review the FLOR500 list of featured honorees in the their region and select a historic figure they want to honor when they plant their public wildflower garden.

Instructions:
For Title: Enter the NUMBER and NAME of Honoree from list,
For First Image: Enter MAIN Garden photo,
Enter NAME OF GARDEN LOCATION and ADDRESS, then the DEDICATION into post,
Attach additional images: GARDEN PLANTING, ART, ADDITIONAL GARDEN PHOTOS
Add Credit Line for Photos if needed
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486 - Alfred Browning Parker

Posted By Jason Gibson, Friday, December 6, 2013

GARDEN 486

7512 W McNab Rd, North Lauderdale, FL 33068

 

Alfred Browning Parker, Architect

Photographer: Albert Coya/Miami Herald Staff; 1/2/1972

Copyright: The Miami Herald Album ID: 1006040 Photo ID: 29545109

 

Alfred Browning Parker, a World War II postwar modernist architect, was born on September 24, 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts but moved soon after to Coral Gables, Florida. During his lifetime, he was emeritus professor at the University Of Florida School Of Architecture, his Alma Mater. After he began his practice in the early 1940's in south Florida, he rapidly gained popularity for his modernist style. This was due to his designs and craftsmanship of numerous residences, primarily in the Greater Miami area.

During the 1950's, House Beautiful—the primary architecture magazine—dedicated an entire issue once a year to one house that they chose as house of the year. Four of Mr. Parker's residences were featured in this issue, more than any other architect. In 2006, Wall Paper* magazine chose Parker's Miami Woodsong residence as one of their "Top 10 Houses of the World." It was the only house chosen in North America.

Alfred Browning Parker was highly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture. Mr. Parker's buildings used local materials that work with the climate, allowing them to embrace their environment. As a result, he received an additional title and was also known as "The Original Tropical Architect.” Well known for his residences, Parker has designed over 6,400 projects during his life time, ranging from major projects such as the Miami Marina to Tropex-Pansible, a low-income modular housing design.

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