Dr. Robert Mellown is our resident expert on historic architecture on UA campus and in Tuscaloosa, as 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). Mellown is the author of historic structures reports for Bryce Hospital, the Jemison-Van De Graaff Mansion and the John R. Drish House. He has in-depth knowledge of the architectural history of The University of Alabama, especially of the Rotunda (burned in 1865) and the history of Tuscaloosa. Below is a bibliography including web-based works (“webliography”) of Dr. Mellown’s writings, as well as works in which he acted as a contributor, consultant or interviewee. 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…
The University of Alabama: A Guide to the Campus and Its Architecture, University of Alabama Press, 2013
Alabama Heritage, “Where Katie Was Born: Adventures in Provenance” with retired UA art professor James K. McNutt for Art in the South, Spring 2010 (pp. 53-56)
Encyclopedia of Alabama, “Dixon Hall Lewis,” 2008 (full essay at link)
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)
Historic Structures Report, John R. Drish House, 2300 17th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 2001. Heritage Commission of Tuscaloosa County. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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)
Historic Structures Report, Jemison-Van De Graaff Mansion, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 1992. Heritage Commission of Tuscaloosa County. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Alabama Heritage, “The Jemison Mansion and Longwood, Antebellum Italianate Villas,” Fall 1992 (pp. 24-35)
Historic Structures Report, Bryce Hospital, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 1990. Heritage Commission of Tuscaloosa County. Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Consultant, contributor, interviewee or source of information:
Discovering Alabama: State Capitals, October 2017 (special Bicentennial episode)
Brandon S. Thompson, “Archaeological Investigations and Data Recovery at Site 1TU495, the Bank of the State Site, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.” Aug. 10. 2015. Draft report on file at the Office of Archaeological Research, University of Alabama Museums, Tuscaloosa.
Bruce D. Bizzoco, “Executive Summary of the 1987 Excavations of Site 1Tu495.” 2013. Unpublished manuscript on file at the Office of Archaeological Research, University of Alabama Museums, Tuscaloosa.
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 (PDF)
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
Suzanne R. Wolfe, The University of Alabama – A Pictorial History, University of Alabama Press, 1983 (out of print)
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 (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