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Linthicum, H. Colvin (1886-1952)

Birthplace: Henderson, North Carolina, USA
Residences:
  • Henderson, North Carolina
Trades:
  • Architect
NC Work Locations:
  • Durham, Durham County
  • Durham
  • Wilmington, New Hanover County
  • New Hanover
  • Hillsborough, Orange County
  • Orange
  • Henderson, Vance County
  • Vance
  • Raleigh, Wake County
  • Wake
Building Types:
  • Educational;
  • Health Care;
  • Public;
  • Residential
Styles & Forms:
  • Colonial Revival;
  • Modernist;
  • Renaissance Revival

Rex Hospital [Raleigh]

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Rex Hospital [Raleigh]

Biography

H. (Henri) Colvin Linthicum (1886-1952), the son of architect Hill C. Linthicum (1860-1919), joined in his father's practice as a young man and after his father's death had his own extensive practice in North Carolina. He was the third generation in the building professions: his grandfather, Hill's father, William H. Linthicum (1818-1886), was a builder in Virginia and then in Durham, North Carolina.

H. Colvin Linthicum was born to Hill and Elizabeth Freeborn Linthicum, residents of Henderson, North Carolina, where father and son designed several buildings. By 1904, Hill C. Linthicum had established an office in Durham. In 1912, after completing his architectural education at the University of Pennsylvania, H. Colvin entered his father's office as a draftsman. He had previously studied at the Oak Ridge Military Academy and the Bingham Institute in North Carolina and attended Smithdeal Business College in Richmond, Virginia, before deciding on a career in architecture. In 1915, the two Linthicums were among the first architects in North Carolina to gain their licenses after passage of the licensing act in 1915. H. C. Linthicum's certificate was #23, and Hill C. Linthicum's was #24, both in the group of men granted licenses in 1915 based on their prior professional practice.

In 1918 the younger Linthicum became a full partner in the firm, and he continued the business alone after his father's death in 1919. By 1920 he and his wife, Katherine, were residing in Durham. The firm specialized in school designs in the 1920s and, according to an advertisement in the Raleigh Times in 1925, served as official architect for North Carolina school boards in Alamance, Cumberland, Guilford, Orange, Polk, Sampson, and Stokes counties, where the firm doubtless designed numerous school buildings.

Examples of H. Colvin Linthicum's work in this period include the Renaissance Revival style Erwin Auditorium (1922) and West Durham Southside School (1922), both in Durham. The firm, which continued in business until about 1946, planned Rex Hospital in Raleigh during the 1930s and twenty-two National Guard Armories in eastern North Carolina. Further research is needed to document additional work by this prolific firm.

Authors: William B. Bushong and Claudia R. Brown.

Published 2009

Building List

Erwin Auditorium (Durham, Durham County)

Durham Durham

1922

Contributors:
Dates: 1922
Location: Durham, Durham County
Street Address: 1721 Pettigrew St., Durham, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Claudia P. Roberts (Brown) and Diane E. Lea, The Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory (1982).

Dr. W. T. LaPrade Residence (Durham, Durham County)

Durham Durham

1916

Contributors:
Dates: 1916
Location: Durham, Durham County
Street Address: Durham, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

Specifications and certificate of payment to contractor W. A. Wilkerson and Sons are in North Carolina Buildings Collection, 1893-1990, Special Collections Research Center, NCSU Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.

West Durham Southside School (Durham, Durham County)

Durham Durham

1922

Contributors:
Dates: 1922
Location: Durham, Durham County
Street Address: 2020 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Educational
Images Published In:
  • Claudia P. Roberts (Brown) and Diane E. Lea, The Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory (1982).

National Guard Armory (Wilmington, New Hanover County)

New Hanover Wilmington

1935

Variant Name(s):
  • New Hanover County Museum
Contributors:
Dates: 1935-1937
Location: Wilmington, New Hanover County
Street Address: 814 Market St, Wilmington, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Public

Murphey School (Hillsborough, Orange County)

Orange Hillsborough

1923

Contributors:
Dates: 1923
Location: Hillsborough, Orange County
Street Address: 3729 Murphy School Rd., Hillsborough vicinity, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Educational

McCoin Building (Henderson, Vance County)

Vance Henderson

1928

Contributors:
Dates: 1928
Location: Henderson, Vance County
Street Address: 115 Young St., Henderson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Ann Melanie Murphy, An Inventory of Historic Architecture, Henderson, North Carolina (1979).

Boylan Apartments (Raleigh, Wake County)

Wake Raleigh

1935

Contributors:
Dates: 1935
Location: Raleigh, Wake County
Street Address: 817 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential

Rex Hospital (Raleigh, Wake County)

Wake Raleigh

1930

Contributors:
Dates: 1930s
Location: Raleigh, Wake County
Street Address: Wade Ave. at St. Mary's St., Raleigh, NC
Status: Altered
Type:
  • Health Care

Rex Hospital

H. Colvin Linthicum's Work Locations

Bibliography

  • Catherine W. Bishir, Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Ernest H. Wood III, Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (1990).
  • C. David Jackson and Charlotte V. Brown, History of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1913-1998 (1998).
  • Raleigh Times, Nov. 30, 1925.
  • William Reaves Files, New Hanover County Public Library, Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Claudia P. Roberts (Brown) and Diane E. Lea, The Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory (1982).
  • Henry F. Withey and Elsie Rathburn Withey, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (1970).
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