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E. F. Sporl Office Records

Identifier: SEAA-015

Scope and Contents

This collection of records from New Orleans architect Edward F. Sporl (1881-1956)'s office, as well as records from predecessor and successor offices, include project drawings and specifications for institutional, commercial, and residential commissions; yacht drawings; and professional correspondence.


  • 1904-1935


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is the physical property of Tulane University Special Collections. Copyright belongs to the creators or their legal heirs and assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or owner’s heir for permission to publish where Tulane University Special Collections does not hold the copyright. For further information, please contact Research Services at

Biographical / Historical

Edward F. Sporl started his career as a draftsman for New Orleans architect Thomas Sully in the early 1900s. He became a prolific designer of commercial and residential structures in New Orleans and the Gulf South region. He designed Gentilly Terrace homes for New Orleans developers Bacchich and DeMontluzin.

Office chronology: Dannenmann and Charlton Company (1904-1905) (Frank Dannenmann, fl.1905) (John F. Charlton, 1869-1952); Terry and Sporl (1906) (Cecil M. Terry, fl.1900); E.F. Sporl (1907-1910; 1912-1915; 1929-1946; Charlton-Sporl Company (1912-1915); Mason and Sporl (1926-1928); Sporl and Maxwell (1946-1952) (Murvan M. Maxwell 1910-2002).


237.96 Linear Feet (70 folders, 1 box)

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This collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: Project Drawings; Series 2: Project Specifications, Correspondence, and Shop Drawings.

Custodial History

Drawings were generated and preserved by Sporl over the course of his career. At the time of his death, they were still in the office of his last partner, Murvan “Scotty” Maxwell. With Maxwell’s consent, Sporl’s son Edward F. Sporl, Jr. removed a majority of the drawings in 1984 and gave them to SEAA. Additional items were received with the donation of records from the office of Maxwell and LeBreton in 1988.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US