Linthicum and Linthicum (ca. 1916-ca. 1946)

The architectural firm of Linthicum and Linthicum consisted of father and son Hill C. Linthicum (1860-1919) and H. Colvin Linthicum (1886-1952), who had prolific practices that encompassed several North Carolina communities. They represented the second and third generations of the family in building: Hill C. Linthicum’s father, William H. Linthicum (1818-1886), was also a builder, who began his career in Virginia and moved to Durham, North Carolina, in the late 19th century. Hill C. Linthicum joined his father’s business in 1878 and in the early 1880s married Elizabeth Freeborn and settled in Henderson, North Carolina. By 1904 he had established his office in Durham. He designed many buildings from the 1880s until his death in 1919. In 1912, H. Colvin Linthicum joined his father’s office as a draftsman. 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. Colvin Linthicum’s certificate was #23, and Hill C. Linthicum’s was #24, both obtained in the 1915 group of men granted licenses because they had been in professional practice prior to that year. By 1916, the firm was listed as Linthicum and Linthicum. In 1918 the younger Linthicum became a full partner in the firm; he continued the business alone as Linthicum and Linthicum after his father’s death in 1919. See individual entries on Hill C. Linthicum and H. Colvin Linthicum for fuller accounts and building lists.

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