Felton Collier

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Felton Moreland Collier Sr (born March 20, 1924 in Bessemer; died December 19, 1994) was an architect and developer.

Collier was the son of Felton and Grace Moreland Collier.

Collier attended Birmingham-Southern College and Howard College briefly before completing his bachelor's at the University of North Carolina. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and served as an ensign on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp' (CV-18) in the last months of World War II. After returning he completed a degree at North Carolina State University.

Collier was re-activated during the Korean War and served as a Lieutenant on the U.S.S. Antietam (CV-36) from 1951 to 1953. He completed a bachelor's degree in architecture at Auburn University in 1954. He married the former Elizabeth Pettus Buck in October 1955. In between studying and reserve service he worked at various architectural firms, including Van Keuren, Davis & Co.

Collier served as chair and chief designer for the Beaux Arts Ball in 1957. He opened his own office in 1958. Carroll Harmon joined the practice as an associate in 1964.

In September 1970 Collier hosted a "Mini Louvre" revival cinema at his office.

In January 1971 Harmon and Collier were commissioned by the Birmingham Parks & Recreation Board to prepare a 10-year master plan for the Birmingham Zoo. They presented it to the board in October.

Paul Bourgeoise joined Harmon and Collier in 1974, and Edward Bondurant came on as a partner in 1977. From 1977 to 1988 he served on the Birmingham Zoning Board Adjustment. From 1984 to 1986 he also served a term as vice-president of the Redmont Park Neighborhood Association.

Collier was the owner and developer of Regent Townhomes, the Dorchester Place townhomes on Massey Road in Vestavia Hills.

Collier died in 1994 and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery.

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