GT ID Number:

T171 .G42 G49x GTVA-243-B

[A. French Textile Building]


Writing on front of photo: Building of Textile Building. Now French Building. Mat board backing.

A. Samuel French, a wealthy industrialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania provided $2,500 unconditionally and $3,000 conditional upon the city of Atlanta providing a matching amount. In December, 1898, the Legislature appropriated $10,000 per annum for two consecutive years for the support of the Textile Department. The establishment of this department is an entirely new feature in education in the State of Georgia, and the superior equipment for instruction in the manufacture of all grades of cotton goods is expected to bring a material increase in the wealth and prosperity of our people. The building is a splendid example of architectural skill in modern mill construction, its equipment is the most complete in the world for education in the different branches of cotton manufacture. Architecturally, the Textile Building is a simple, inexpensive industrial structure and in its textile manufacturing function is extremely successful. Modeled after small new England Textile mills, the school commission reflected the Bostonian Lockwood Green's experience in mill design. The department offers unexcelled advantages to the young man who intends to enter the textile industry. We believe that the student, on graduating, should have a sound foundation in engineering subjects as well as in the branches relating directly to the textile trade. Besides the usual subjects given in the textile schools, such as carding, spinning, weaving, designing, and dyeing, extensive courses in mathematics, English, chemistry, physics, mechanism, mechanics, drawing, strength of materials, steam-engine, electrical work, mill construction, and shop work. Instruction in all branches will be given by means of lectures, recitations, demonstrations, and practice on the splendid equipment of the loom.