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AIA/T-Square Yearbook, p. 133 (1923)

Born: 6/26/1886, Died: 8/27/1960

North Carolina native Douglas Ellington is chiefly known as the architect who changed Asheville into an Art Deco showplace. Ellington, the son of Jesse T. Ellington, graduated from Clayton (NC) High School and attended Randolph Macon College before coming to Philadelphia, where he studied at the Drexel Institute and the University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Architecture, 1912) before traveling to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While a Penn study he placed second in the Paris Prize competition. After returning from his experience at the Ecole, Ellington gained a reputation as an architectural educator, working at both Columbia University and Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA. However, he had been born in North Carolina; and there he returned in the 1920s. In later years he moved his office to Charleston, SC.

Ellington joined the AIA in 1921.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman, and Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Sketch Club

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Ecole des Beaux-Arts
  • Drexel Institute
  • Columbia University
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology
  • Randolph Macon College

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