FAMU Womens’ Dormitories

FAMU 013SouthArc completed HABS Level II documentation for the original womens’ dormitories at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee in 2016.  The dorms originated as an L-shaped, 3-1/2 story brick structure called McGuinn Hall.  It was designed in the Georgian Revival style by Rudolph Weaver in 1937.  Between 1946 and 1948, Diamond Hall was added to the north end to form the present U-shaped building.  Diamond was designed by Guy C. Fulton, who succeeded Weaver as the campus architect.  In 2017, SouthArc continued documentation of the womens’ dormitory complex with HABS Level II documentation of Cropper and Wheatley Halls, which face McGuinn-Diamond to create a quadrangle between the four halls.  Cropper and Wheatley were designed by L. Phillips Clarke & Associates, Architects along with Guy Fulton, and built in 1948.  All four buildings are in the Georgian Revival style.  SouthArc was ably assisted in these projects by Penny Rogo of MamaRazzi Foto in Tampa, Florida.

Energy Projects

Since 2017, SouthArc has completed numerous energy-related surveys for solar energy systems, transmission lines and substations.  While most of the projects have been in Florida, we have worked on solar energy development projects in Georgia.  Clients have included Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Southern Company and private solar energy system developers.

A Special Opportunity

Thanks to Alex Wayne (next to Ms. Obama), White House team leader for Bloomberg, SouthArc President (and Alex’s mom) Lucy Wayne got to attend the 2016 White House press Christmas party.  The White House was beautiful and the food/beverages were terrific.  Although you only get a couple of minutes with the President and First Lady, it was a thrill to be able to attend this party.  And you can’t beat the souvenir photo!

Staff Changes

After over 30 years in cultural resources management, SouthArc founding partner Martin Dickinson retired in September 2016.  Although now enjoying lots more time for fishing, boating and travelling, Martin remains available for occasional consultations.

Co-founder Lucy Wayne is now President/CEO of SouthArc.  Long-time graphics manager and senior archaeologist John Davidson has also become a shareholder.