Malvaney & Associates began its successful and storied history in the 1930s when Ed (E.L.) Malvaney began his architectural design firm in Jackson, Mississippi. Over the decades, the company has became one of the state’s finest multi-generational family businesses. Today, George Malvaney, Ed’s grandson, is at the helm of this highly regarded Mississippi company, guiding it into a dynamic future as a leader in the environmental services and emergency response industry. When you look at the Jackson skyline, you see the mark of Malvaney & Associates. Whether it’s the Woolfolk State Office building or one of many school buildings across the state, you will see Malvaney & Associates’ architectural signature dotting the Mississippi landscape.
In the 1930s, Ed Malvaney began designing much of downtown Jackson. Ed designed Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home, the Woolfolk State Office Building, the Y.M.C.A. on High Street, Peeples High School, Westland Plaza and St. Mary’s Church.
Ed and his cousin Emmitt Hull designed the War Memorial Building on State Street in the 1940s. Ed’s son Louis says his dad got the contract “because he was the only WWI vet in the area who was an architect.” Louis remembers going with his father to the quarry in Indiana to watch them shape the limestone for the Memorial.
Most of Mississippi’s students attended schools designed by Malvaney & Associates. “At one time, my father had designed over 50 percent of the school buildings in the state of Mississippi.” Louis remembers, “Any time that my father or I would go through a county seat, we would visit with the Superintendent of Education. As a result, the Superintendents never had to look for an architect because my father was a friend to all of them.”
The rich history of Malvaney & Associates was documented in a December 2011 Portico Jackson article. To celebrate the work of his grandfather Ed, his uncle Emmett and his father Louis, George Malvaney commissioned Mississippi artist Charlie Buckley to fill a canvas with several of the buildings designed by Malvaney & Associates. Ed Malvaney, Louis Malvaney and Emmett Hull designed and built buildings that speak of history and legacy, the basic essentials to the creation of masterpieces in architecture and in art.