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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Bacon, Eggs (Breakfast); Peanut Butter, Jelly S,wiches (Lunch); Fish, Chicken (Dinner)
Favorite Time of Year:
April to November
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Far Better It Is To Dare Mighty Things,To Win Glorious Triumphs Even Though Checkered By Failure, Than To Rank With Those Timid Spirits Who Neither Enjoy Nor Suffer Much Because They Live In The Gray Twilight That Knows Neither Victory Nor Defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1923
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Bacon, Eggs (Breakfast); Peanut Butter, Jelly S,wiches (Lunch); Fish, Chicken (Dinner)
Favorite Time of Year:
April to November
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Far Better It Is To Dare Mighty Things,To Win Glorious Triumphs Even Though Checkered By Failure, Than To Rank With Those Timid Spirits Who Neither Enjoy Nor Suffer Much Because They Live In The Gray Twilight That Knows Neither Victory Nor Defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Birthplace

Born:
7/28/1923
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Architect and entrepreneur Robert P. Madison was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1923. He graduated from Cleveland’s East Technical High School with honors in mathematics and science in 1940. He attended the School of Architecture at Howard University, but left to serve in World War II as a second lieutenant. He was wounded in action in the Italian Campaign, receiving the Purple Heart and three combat ribbons. He received a B.A. in architecture from Case Western Reserve University, an M.A. in architecture degree from Harvard University, and completed additional studies as a Fulbright Scholar at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France in urban design and prestressed concrete.

Madison served as an assistant professor of architecture at Howard University until he opened his office, Robert P. Madison International, in Cleveland in 1954, the first such office in Ohio opened by an African American architect and only the ninth in the country. Major building projects for the firm have included the United States Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, the Nuclear Facility at Tuskegee Institute (Alabama), and the Cleveland Browns Stadium.

His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, Cleveland Chapter, the Architects Society of Ohio and the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Howard University (1987), the Cleveland Arts Prize (2000), the American Institute of Architects Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award (1994) and induction into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame.

Madison is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Pi Phi and Epsilon Delta Rho Fraternities.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert P. Madison's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert P. Madison lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert P. Madison describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert P. Madison describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert P. Madison explains how his family came to settle in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert P. Madison talks about his maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert P. Madison describes his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert P. Madison talks about the Great Migration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert P. Madison recalls his experiences at East Technical High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert P. Madison describes the childhood aspirations of himself and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert P. Madison talks about his decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert P. Madison talks about living in Washington, D.C. during the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert P. Madison describes his experiences at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert P. Madison talks about entering the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert P. Madison talks about serving as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Rome-Arno Campaign in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert P. Madison describes segregation in the U.S. Army during World War II and receiving the Purple Heart
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert P. Madison shares his thoughts about the use of the atomic bomb against Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert P. Madison talks about the push to integrate the U.S. armed forces at the end of World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert P. Madison describes courting Coretta Scott King and his wife, HistoryMaker Leatrice Branch Madison
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert P. Madison talks about entering Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio to study architecture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert P. Madison describes his experiences at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert P. Madison talks about serving on the board of trustees at Case Western Reserve University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert P. Madison explains how he came to marry HistoryMaker Leatrice Branch Madison
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert P. Madison talks about the career of his wife, HistoryMaker Leatrice Branch Madison
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert P. Madison recalls his experiences at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert P. Madison describes his tenure as a professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert P. Madison talks about starting his own architectural firm, Robert P. Madison, Architect
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert P. Madison describes the growth of his family firm, which began as Robert P. Madison, Architect
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert P. Madison recalls designing Captain Arthur Roth Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio and its subsequent controversy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert P. Madison remembers the death of Rev. Bruce Klunder in 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert P. Madison describes the education and careers of his two daughters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert P. Madison talks about his involvement with the fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert P. Madison talks about his membership at St. John A.M.E. Church in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert P. Madison describes his involvement with the NAACP during the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert P. Madison talks about the election of Carl Burton Stokes as mayor of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert P. Madison describes the power wielded by African American mayors in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert P. Madison talks about the Black Power Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert P. Madison reflects upon the impact of integration on black-owned businesses in recent decades
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert P. Madison talks about public housing projects in Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert P. Madison describes the importance of the arts and his patronage of art institutions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert P. Madison recalls how he came to love the opera
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert P. Madison talks about his future plans for Robert P. Madison International
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert P. Madison narrates his photographs