AUBURN – An exhibition of paintings and photographs by noted architect A. L. Aydelott, “Architecture: Now and Then,” is on exhibit now through Nov. 30 at Auburn University in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction Gallery in Dudley Commons.
The exhibition is presented by CADC and features the architect’s paintings of prominent cathedrals from around the world and photographs of the Pet Building and Pet Plaza in downtown St. Louis.
Alfred Lewis Aydelott, born in Arkansas in 1916, received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. He moved to Memphis and worked with Lucian Minor Dent from 1938 until 1946. After returning from service in World War II, Aydelott founded his own firm in Memphis where he was based until 1974 and where he became known as the elder statesman of Memphis Modernism.
In the last 33 years, Aydelott has pursued a second career in art, and he now resides in California. An emeritus Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Aydelott has served as visiting design critic and architect-in-residence at Yale University, Carnegie Institute of Technology and Auburn University.
“We are pleased to be able to exhibit the work of one of this region’s most recognized and prominent architects,” said Dan Bennett, dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.
The paintings in the exhibition depict cathedrals in European countries including England, Spain, France, Austria and Italy and serve as recollections of Aydelott’s travels.
The Pet Building is one of Aydelott’s most renowned projects. Built in 1969 as headquarters for Pet Inc., the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 and is now being converted into luxury apartments. It is an example of the “new brutalism” style that used concrete and angular forms to project a sense of strength.
Aydelott said, “I have marveled at the imaginative wonders architects have created since the beginning of history, and I am most fortunate to have one of my buildings set aside and deemed by my peers as having historic significance. No more could be asked of life than to be so honored.”
The exhibition is sponsored by Christian Brothers University in Memphis, where Aydelott was involved in the design of the campus. After the Auburn University exhibition, the exhibit will travel to the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas, University of Texas, Mississippi State University, Tulane University and Washington University.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Friday, Nov. 23.