Dr. Robert Mellown is our resident expert on historic architecture on UA campus and in Tuscaloosa, RMellown by Jeff Hansen-UA Photographyas well as historic structures in Alabama and beyond. He is the author of The University of Alabama: A Guide to the Campus and Its Architecture, and contributed to The University of Alabama – A Pictorial History by Suzanne R. Wolfe (UA Press, out of print). He has in depth knowledge of the architectural history of The University of Alabama Rotunda (burned in 1865) and Bryce Hospital. Below is a growing web-based bibliography (“webliography”) of Dr. Mellown’s writings, research and interviews with him. Some of the publications are linked to full text versions; most of the Alabama Heritage articles are linked to the publisher. More about Dr. Mellown…


Articles about the author:

College of Arts and Sciences Collegian,“Robert Mellown Uncovers the Story in UA’s Architectural History” by Kelli Wright (p. 7), Fall 2012 (download PDF)

UA Research Magazine, “Layer Upon Historical Layer,” by Richard LeComte, November 15, 2012

Tuscaloosa News, “Longtime Alabama architecture expert is retiring after 44 years,” by Wayne Grayson, April 29, 2012


Select articles by the author:

Alabama Heritage, “Where Katie Was Born: Adventures in Provenance” with retired UA art professor James K. McNutt for Art in the South (pp. 53-56)

Encyclopedia of Alabama, “Dixon Hall Lewis,” 2008 (full essay at link)ROM_Guide2UA-web

Encyclopedia of Alabama, “Steamboats in Alabama,” 2008 (full essay at link)

Alabama Heritage, “Variations on a Capitol Plan,” Summer 2005 (pp. 8-17)

Alabama Heritage, “Richard Upjohn in Alabama,” with Robert Gamble, Spring 2002 (pp. 6-15)

Alabama Heritage, “The Extraordinary Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard: F.A.P. Barnard and Early Photography in Alabama,” with Gene Byrd, Spring 2000 (pp. 6-17)

Alabama Heritage, “The Alabama Rotunda,” Spring 1997 (pp. 32-37)

Alabama Heritage, “William Bullock Inge,” for Art in the South, Spring 1995 (pp. 42-44)

Alabama Heritage, “Mental Health and Moral Architecture,” Spring 1994 (pp. 5-17)

Alabama Heritage, “A Stained-glass Tiffany Knight,” Winter 1993 (pp. 44-45)

Alabama Heritage, “The Jemison Mansion and Longwood, Antebellum Italianate Villas,”  Fall 1992 (pp. 24-35)


Author as source of information in an article:

Crimson White, “UA’s historic mound steeped in symbolism,” by Jared Downing, December 7, 2011

Crimson White, “University buys Bryce hospital, plans to preserve history,” by Chuck Matula, October 25, 2011

Crimson White, “Rediscovering a Lost Legacy – Students, professors paint picture of University before Civil War razing,” by Amanda Sams, August 26, 2010

Tuscaloosa News, “UA likely to approve smokestack demolition,” February 4, 2010

UA Dialog, “A Question of Shape: Little Round House,” November 9, 2009

Tuscaloosa News: “Michael E. Palmer’s Almanac: Inspiration for structure’s shape dates back centuries,” by Michael Palmer, August 8, 2009