New Book Recalls Little Rock's Architectural History

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 12:00 am  

Both Witsell and Evans have since retired from their firms. Wittenberg has been retired so long that architects had just barely started using computers when he departed the business.

“In my day, when we started out, we drew plans with a T-square and a triangle, sitting at a drafting board,” he said. “And today, there are no drafting boards in any office; they’re all CAD (computer-aided design) machines.”

As for their legacy, Wittenberg’s son, Gordon Wittenberg II, is a professor of architecture at Rice University in Houston, and his nephew, George Wittenberg III, is also an architect. No Wittenberg, Delony or Davidson now works for the firm of that name, however.

The same will be true for WER soon as well. Terry Rasco told Arkansas Business that he intends to retire at the end of September, exactly 30 years after he started working with Witsell and Evans.

He said the book by Witsell and Wittenberg will be a testament to the legacy of the two firms and other architects in the state.

“I think it will be a great book,” he said. “I know they worked hard on it. Gordon is such a swell person, and I’m delighted he and Charlie had something to do and did it while they could. It will be a great gift to the state and the profession.”



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