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Max Corput

Atlanta's 1871 Union Station

DeGive Opera House building toward the end of its life, doing business as the Bijou Theater

Max Corput, also documented as Maximilien or Maxwell Van Den Corput (1825 in Belgium – January 16, 1911 in Atlanta), was the architect of the second Union Station of Atlanta, Georgia, built in 1871 in Second Empire style.[1]

"Van Den" (Dutch: "from the") is very common in Belgian surnames, and references to Corput regarding the Civil War often include it as part of his last name. However, later references including one in the Atlanta Constitution omit the "Van Den", suggesting that he later went simply by "Corput".[2]

Corput was Belgian American, one of a group of Belgians who emigrated to the Rome, Georgia, area after the incorporation of Belgium into the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, which caused dissatisfaction among the French-speaking Belgian elite.[3][4] The Cherokee Indians had recently been dispossessed of Northwest Georgia. Corput was said to hail from Cave Spring, Georgia.

During the Civil War, Corput was attested as a third lieutenant (1861)[5] then captain (1864) in the Confederate Army. He led the Floyd County four-gun Cherokee Artillery battery at the Battle of Resaca.[6][7][8]

After the war Corput settled in Atlanta and founded the architectural firm of Van Den Corput and Fay. He had previously been involved in the firm Corput and Bass, where he had begun his career as an engineer, but became known for his architectural designs.[9]

Corput died on January 16, 1911, in Atlanta and was buried there in Oakland Cemetery.[9][10] He was survived by his wife Marie, who was 24 years younger and died in 1920.[11]

Buildings designed[]

  • Georgia Railroad Freight Depot (1869), oldest building in Downtown Atlanta
  • DeGive's Opera House (1870–1921)
  • Atlanta's second Union Station (1871–1930)
  • Second Clayton County courthouse in Jonesboro, Georgia, replacing the one destroyed in the Civil War.[12]


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