Penn State Abington honors architect Julian Francis Abele with a plaque on campus

January 5, 2016

Penn State Abington permanently honored a prominent African-American architect who earned little recognition during his lifetime but whose work impacts the campus to this day. Students, faculty, and staff dedicated a bronze plaque to Julian Francis Abele, the architect of the iconic Sutherland Building. Abele designed the structure in 1916 for the Ogontz School for Girls, which occupied the Abington site until the principal donated it to Penn State in 1950.