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Charles Hodgdon
 Charles Hodgdon, architect, 1886-

Probably the same Charles Hodgdon who was a member of the Dorchester Historical Society and who designed the Blake House restoration in the 1890s.


Entry from The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography

Hodgdon, Charles, architect, was born in Boston, Aug. 19, 1866, son of Charles Frederick and Sarah T. (Lynam) Hodgdon. His father was a sea captain. Charles Hodgdon attended public schools in Weymouth, Mass., and took extension courses in his own and allied fields at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1892 he began independent architectural practice in Boston. Ten years later he joined the Boston architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge and was placed in charge of its Chicago office in 1907. He joined Charles A. Coolidge of the above firm, in 1914 to found the Chicago architectural firm of Coolidge & Hodgdon. Upon Coolidge's retirement in 1930 the firm became Chas. Hodgdon & Son, and Hodgdon continued in this association until his retirement from active practice in 1945. The firm of Coolidge & Hodgdon designed McKinlock Court, an appendage of the Art Institute of Chicago, and several branch libraries and the Harris Trust and Corn Exchange bank buildings in that city. For the University of Chicago it designed Joseph Bond Chapel, Swift and Wieboldt halls, Billings Medical School and Hospital, the social science building, Bobbs Roberts Memorial Hospital for Children and many other buildings on the campus. Other designs were made by the firm for First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, Iowa; Fountain Street Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Tenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago; as well as many other church buildings. In addition, the firm designed the early buildings for Southern Methodist University, several buildings at the University of Nebraska, and other college buildings. The firm of Chas. Hodgdon & Son planned six buildings on the campus of St. Olaf's College, Northfield, Minn.; Templey Sholem, Chicago; and various buildings for the U.S. Navy at Great Lakes Naval Training Station; as well as the restoration of Old Main Hall on the campus of Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., as a national monument. For many years Hodgdon served on the Burnham Architectural Library Board, Chicago Art Institute. He was a member of the Union League Club of Chicago. In religion he was a Unitarian and in politics an independent. His hobbies were architectural and antiquarian research. Hodgdon was married twice: (1) in Boston June 2, 1891, to Mary Emmeline, daughter of Willis B. Mendum of that city, a merchant, and had two sons, Frederick Mendum and John Mendum; his first wife died in 1934; (2) in San Gabriel, Calif., May 7, 1940, to Elizabeth ,daughter of Conrad Rohrbach of Fort Dodge, Iowa, a merchant. Hodgdon's death occurred in Pasadena, Calif., Nov. 21, 1953.

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Created: November 14, 2004   Modified: December 4, 2004