Monday, July 27, 2015

Architect & Calligrapher

New Orleans architect-educator Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr. retired from the Tulane School of Architecture (TSA) this spring after 56 years. This month, the Southeastern Architectural Archive opened a new exhibit in his honor. Titled Medieval Louisiana, the exhibit highlights Scheuermann's polyphonic associations.

For many years, Scheuermann taught TSA calligraphy classes, and provided his lettering skills to non-profit and carnival organizations. In 1987, Save Our Cemeteries asked him to create the lettering for John Geiser's "Certificate of Appreciation" (shown above).

Scheuermann's work can also be found at the corner of Canal and Broad Streets, in the iron ornamentation of the former Whitney Bank building (now Family Dollar).

Images above:  Milton Scheuermann, Jr. "Certificate of Appreciation." New Orleans: Save Our Cemeteries, 1987. John Geiser III Papers, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries.

Milton Scheuermann, Jr. Ornamental Iron for Whitney National Bank. Parham & Labouisse, architects. 1964-66. 2650 Canal Street, corner South Broad. Broad Street detail from Google Street view. 2015.

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