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Markel, Henry Gerant (b.1886 - d.)
Architect, Jackson, MS/New Orleans, LA
Born in New Orleans, LA, Markel graduated from high school there and received private instruction in the office of Frank N. Wilcox from 1900-1903. He worked as junior draftsman in the offices of EMILE WEIL and RATHBONE DEBUYS from 1903 to 1913, and served as an engineer in charge of building construction of Camp McClellan in Alabama during WWI. After the war, he moved back to New Orleans and set up his own practice from 1921-1923 before again joining the firm of EMILE WEIL (1923-31) and then as an associate with SAM STONE (1931-35). He moved to Jackson and again entered independent practice, although he also apparently worked with the firm of R.W. NAEF in the late 1930s. During WWII, he worked from 1942 to 1945 as a civilian as chief architectural designer for Army posts, hospitals, and federal housing projects. He returned to Jackson in Nov 1945, practicing as an individual and specializing in residences and restaurants. He also apparently later associated with SPAIN, CAMPBELL & BIGGERS. His office was at 236½ W. Capitol Street, Jackson, in 1947. He was registered in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. His home on W. Capitol, which he designed and built in 1938, was one of the first in the country to be granted a 90% FHA-insured mortgage.
DateInventory#Name of PropertyRoleDescription of WorkLocation
D1927067-LAR-0051.2-NRDDesignerOriginal buildingLaurel, Jones Co.
D1939049-JAC-7153ArchitectOriginal buildingJackson, Hinds Co.
D1947049-JAC-0450Interior DesignerBurton Restaurant interiorJackson, Hinds Co.
D1947049-JAC-0134-XArchitectremodelling/additionsJackson, Hinds Co.