Harry Breeding

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Harry D. Breeding (born c. 1861 in Kentucky; died March 11, 1941 in Birmingham) was an architect.

Breeding earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He worked with James Carr in the firm of Carr & Breeding until 1904, then partnered with David O. Whilldin in the firm of Breeding & Whilldin, with offices in the Watts Building, from 1904 to late 1906. The latter partnership's first and best-known commission was Birmingham High School, completed in 1906.

Breeding was known for his skill with structural concrete. He kept offices at 110½ 21st Street North, later the site of the Guaranty Federal Savings and Loan building.

Breeding was struck by a car and killed on 20th Street South in March 1941.

Notable buildings


  • “Birmingham Architect Struck by Automobile Succumbs at Hospital,” (March 11, 1941) The Birmingham News
  • Shelby, Thomas Mark (2006) "From Beaux-Arts to Modernism: The Alabama Architecture of D. O. Whilldin, 1881-1970" M.A. thesis, University of Alabama/UAB
  • Shelby, Thomas Mark (April 2007) "D. O. Whilldin". Heritage Week 2007. Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.