Owen, Allison. | Tulane University Special Collections

Name: Owen, Allison.

Historical Note: Allison Owen (1869-1951) was an architect, soldier, and civic and religious leader. Born in New Orleans, he was the son of General William Miller Owen and Caroline Amanda Zacharie. He attended Tulane University (1885-1888), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1892-1894), and the United States War College in Washington, D.C., in 1924. He partnered with C.C. Diboll in their architectural practice, which was active during the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the important examples of Owen's work include the New Orleans Public Library, Criminal Court, Milne Home, St. Francis of Assisi, Canal-Louisiana Bank and Office Building, Municipal Office Building, Metropolitan Bank and Office Building, Prytania Street Presbyterian Church, Notre Dame Seminary at New Orleans, Westminster Congregational Church at Kansas City; St. Joseph's Church at Mobile, and many other church and school structures in New Orleans and other cities of the South. Allison Owen joined the Washington Artillery, rising to the rank of captain and adjutant, then to major and served with the rank of major from July, 1916, to February, 1917, when the regiment was on the Mexican border. In July, 1917, he became lieutenant colonel, and when the Washington Artillery was mustered into the national army, becoming the 141st Artillery, he became colonel.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection 960, 677
Note Author: LAC Group and SP

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