Bem Price

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Bem Price

Bem Price (born 1883 in Oxford, Mississippi; died 1936) was an architect noted for his Italian Renaissance revival designs for Highlands United Methodist Church and Birmingham Fire Station No. 4.

Price graduated from the University of Mississippi with an engineering degree in 1902. He married Maggie L. "Lutie" Bragg on November 23, 1904 in Mississippi County, Mississippi. They had two children, Lutie Price (1911–1995) and Bem Jr (1917–1985).

Price moved to Birmingham and joined prolific architect David O. Whilldin as partner in the firm of Whilldin & Price in 1910. With Whilldin he worked on Walker County High School in Jasper, two schools in Anniston and a residence in Gadsden. The partnership dissolved in 1911 and Price moved his office into the newly-built Comer Building in 1913.

Price was one of the charter members of the Alabama Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, organized in 1916. About that time he was working on plans for the Limestone County Courthouse in Athens. He was also commissioned to design the new Minor High School which opened in 1922. He was involved in the collaborative design of Municipal Auditorium in 1923. He kept offices in the Farley Building in 1935.

Price died in 1936 and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery.


Rendering of the West End Fire Station No. 15


  • Price, Bem (February 1930) "Once I Had a Client" The American Architect. Vol. 137, No. 2,580, pp. 46–47, 90–92
  • Withey, Henry F. & Elsie Rathburn Withey (1956) Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased). Los Angeles: New Age Publishing Company
  • Shelby, Thomas Mark (2009) D. O. Whilldin: Alabama Architect. Birmingham: Birmingham Historical Society ISBN 0943994330