12 Facts About Albert Cassell


Albert Irvin Cassell was a prominent mid-twentieth-century African-American architect in Washington, D C, whose work shaped many academic communities in the United States.

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Albert Cassell designed buildings for Howard University in Washington D C, Morgan State University in Baltimore, and Virginia Union University in Richmond.

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Albert Cassell designed and built civic structures for the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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Albert Cassell's father Albert T Cassell was a coal truck driver and his mother Charlotte Cassell aka "Lottie" was a laundress.

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Albert Cassell began his education in the segregated Baltimore public school system, but moved to New York in 1909 where he began attending Douglas High School.

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In 1919 Cassell was awarded his degree from Cornell University, and began his career working with architect William A Hazel.

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In 1920, Mr Albert Cassell joined in the Architecture Department of Howard University as assistant professor.

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Just two years later, in 1922, Albert Cassell had become University Architect and head of the Architecture Department at Howard.

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Albert Cassell worked at Howard University for eighteen years, serving as an instructor, land manager, surveyor, and architect.

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Albert Cassell's work included buildings at Virginia Union University, Provident Hospital in Baltimore, various Masonic temples, as well as smaller works for select commercial and residential clients.

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Albert Cassell went on to work for several other large clients such as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and the government of the District of Columbia.

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At a young age Albert Cassell determined that his children would all go to Cornell and all become architects.

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