Mockbee’s Legacy

What will happen to the Rural Studio? That’s the questioned asked in this article from the Christian Science Monitor.

Now that Samuel Mockbee has passed away, there is some concern that his ground-breaking Rural Studio program will begin to fade away. I really don’t think anyone should worry about that. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a weekend in Hale County, Alabama, and I’ve seen first hand the direct impact of the studio on the lives of the people who live there. It is incredible. The Monitor tells the story of a local child who, after moving into a new, much more spacious room, “improved his grades dramatically [with a] a quiet place to study… He got into college, completed a degree, and now wants to be a lawyer.”

This is Mockbee’s Legacy. The lives he changed and the people he helped. Rural Studio is growing every year and will continue to benefit the people of Hale County, and perhaps their ideas and practices will someday spread into new counties and new states.

One of my professors once said that Samuel Mockbee created the first truly original American Architecture. Let us all follow his example. Let us, in his own words, “proceed and be bold.”