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Guy Fulton
Architect to the Florida Board of Control

In office
Preceded by Rudolph Weaver
Succeeded by Forrest Kelly
Personal details
Born Guy Chandler Fulton
October 27, 1892
Warsaw, Illinois
Died October 15, 1974(1974-10-15) (aged 81)
Gainesville, Florida
Spouse(s) Shirley Holmes
Alma mater University of Illinois
Profession Architecture

Guy Chandler Fulton (October 27, 1892 – October 15, 1974) was an American architect known for his work on numerous buildings at the University of Florida while he was State Architect of Florida.

Early lifeEdit

Fulton was born in Warsaw, Illinois to Perry A Fulton and Luella ‘Lulu’ Chandler,[1] but attended Keokuk High School in Iowa. After graduation, he was accepted at the University of Illinois, where he studied architecture. He graduated in 1916 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture,[2] then served in the U.S. Army in World War I from 1917 to 1919.[3] After the war, Fulton gained experience working for various firms in the midwest.

Fulton married the former Shirley Holmes about 1922,[1] but the couple had no children. He read about the Florida land boom of the 1920s and recognized an opportunity. The couple moved to Florida and he secured a job in the Florida State Architect's office as a draftsman in 1926.[3] Around that time, he was commissioned to design the springhouse and spring-fed pool at Glen Springs in Gainesville.[4] While he was proving himself at his state job, he also took numerous freelance jobs, primarily designing private residences.[5] He was eventually named Assistant to the Architect, and received his architect's license in 1932.[6] Fulton became a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1940.[7] That same year, he redesigned the facility at Glen Springs, resulting in three pools with a "brilliant drainage system".[5][8]


After World War II, college enrollment increased, resulting in a building boom on the Florida campus. Beginning in 1945, Fulton served as Architect to the Florida Board of Control, designing and supervising construction of University of Florida buildings, as well as those at Florida State University and Florida A&M University.[5] His design theme at UF was that of a unified body of work, and his buildings used many of the same elements as his predecessors, Rudolph Weaver and William Augustus Edwards.[5] He also established guidelines for materials and building construction for visual campus unity.[9] He retired from the position in 1956 to work for his own firm, Guy C. Fulton & Associates.[7] Following her death on November 29, 1990,[1] funds from Shirley Fulton's estate were used to endow both the Guy C. Fulton Scholarship in Architecture[10] and the Guy C. Fulton Scholarship in Engineering.[11]


Buildings on or near the UF campus designed by Fulton include:[5][12][13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Karen & Douglas S. Thom Family". Digikron. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. Scott, Frank W. (1918). The Semi-centennial Alumni Record of the University of Illinois. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois. p. 619. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brown, Arthur Thomas (1962). American Architects Directory. R. R. Bowker. p. 233. 
  4. Curry, Christopher (April 16, 2012). "Community effort on to restore Gainesville's old swimming hole, Glen Springs". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "A Guide to the Guy Chandler Fulton Building Plans". University of Florida. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. "Archival Resources about UF Architecture". University of Florida. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "AIA Historical directory". American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  8. Berger, Chris. "Gainesville’s Glen Springs Pool". April 15, 2012. Gator Preservationist. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  9. Tate, Susan. "Preservation and Compatible Growth of a Twentieth Century Campus: The University of Florida". ICOMOS. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  10. "Guy C. Fulton Endowed Scholarship Fund in Architecture". University of Florida. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  11. "Guy C. Fulton Scholarship in Engineering Fund". University of Florida. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  12. "UF building list". University of Florida. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  13. Blansett, Sharon C.. "A History of University of Florida Residence Facilities". University of Florida. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 

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