Writer Amanda Dove Wells compiles this look at firms in Fondren, from our winter “Neighborhood Style” issue of Find It In Fondrenâ„¢ Magazine.
Cooke, Douglass, Farr, Lemons (CDFL)
Over the past five decades, Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects and Engineers PA (CDFL) has established itself as a leading architectural and engineering firm in Jackson and the Southeast. Founded by two architects and an engineer in 1961, CDFL is located in Fondren Place and has 43 full-time employees, creating a team with an impressive range of skills and commitment, allowing the firm to provide an extensive list of in-house services with complete integration of architecture, landscape architecture, mechanical and electrical engineering, interior design, master planning and graphicÂ design. “As for projects we’re most proud of, we take great pride in the work we did at Thalia Mara Hall,” says Hannah Orlansky, CDFL Director of Communications. “Bringing life back to one of Jackson’s most beloved structures is something we’re extremely thrilled to have been involved in.” CDFL designed Puckett Machinery’s new Flowood headquarters (right), earning accolades from AIA Mississippi — including the Sambo Mockbee award.
Wier Boerner Allin Architecture
In 2009, Jamie Wier and Michael Boerner joined forces to create Wier Boerner Architecture, an architecture, planning, interior design and graphics firm located in Fondren Corner. Jack Allin joined the firm in 2014. “We challenge ourselves to create design solutions meant to inspire the imagination and fit the project budget,” says Michael Boerner. “We combine creativity with discipline and focus, allowing us to deliver solutions that integrate style with substance.” According to Boerner, the firm’s goal is to develop long-term client relationships by means of open communication, direct involvement with owners, contractors and consultants and a consistent delivery of projects on time within budget is what sets them apart. Wier Boerner Allin also prides itself in employing innovative technology that enhances coordination between designer, client and builder, helping to make better decisions, faster.
In 1997, Weaver Architects was founded by Jackson architect John Weaver, whose first office was on the corner of Mitchell and Mill Street. Weaver Architects specializes in custom residential architecture, both new construction along with remodels and home additions. Weaver’s work can be found all over the state of Mississippi as well as parts of Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia and New Orleans, Louisiana. Fondren has served as home to Weaver Architects since its inception 17 years ago, with a move to Mitchell and Oxford Streets and finally settling on North State Street, where the firm is now located. Weaver says of the Greener project (right): “I felt that the house was such a great house, on a great lot and in a great neighborhood, and that the house had a great story and history with Jason’s grand parents and his mother.”
Duvall Decker Architects
Duvall Decker Architects, an architectural design and community-planning firm, was founded in 1998 by Roy T. Decker and Anne Marie Decker. Roy and Anne Marie bring varied and complementary interests and abilities to a practice dedicated to the creation of forms and environments that enrich the lives of those who encounter and inhabit them. Duvall Decker specializes in community planning, K-12 schools, state institutions, university buildings and affordable housing. Duvall Decker recently completed community-planning projects for North Midtown (right) and West Jackson in the city of Jackson along with the master plan for Hinds Community College. Since 2006, the firm’s work has received 27 state, regional and national awards for design excellence and is consistently recognized as a leader in the region dedicated to advancing the public health and environmental quality.