Baton Rouge architect, columnist William Brockway dies

William Brockway, a renowned Baton Rouge architect and former Advocate columnist, died Sunday night.

He was 88.

Brockway was a professor at the LSU School of Architecture and started a course in historic preservation, his wife, Pat Brockway, said.

William Brockway was a fellow with the American Institute of Architects and a past president of the organization’s Louisiana branch, Pat Brockway said.

In 2003, he received the Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architects’ Louisiana branch.

For 16 years, Brockway wrote a regular column about architecture for The Sunday Advocate, Pat Brockway said.

She said her husband was well respected among architects in Baton Rouge.

“They always came to him when they needed advice on anything,” she said.

William Brockway was always interested in preservation and architecture, but he originally wanted to be an artist, his wife said.

“He decided that he probably couldn’t make a living and support a family, so he chose architecture,” she said with a laugh.

He volunteered with the Foundation for Historical Louisiana for about 45 years, said Carolyn Bennett, the foundation’s executive director.

From 2005 to 2011, Brockway served as a board member for the foundation, which promotes preserving the heritage and history of Baton Rouge and Louisiana, Bennett said. He received the foundation’s Preservation Award in 1980 and he also advised the foundation on its recent restoration project at the Old Governor’s Mansion, Bennett said.

Brockway always gave whatever time he could to historic preservation in Louisiana, Bennett said.

“Whatever you would ask him, he would share what he knew,” she said.

Brockway served as a board member at the LSU Rural Life Museum for 20 years, Pat Brockway said.

Funeral arrangements have not been set yet, she said.