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Male, US, born 1864-05-18, died 1933-12-04

Associated with the firms network

Fitzhugh, Krucker and Deckbar, Associated Architects; Fitzhugh, Thornton, Architect

Professional History


The Press Reference Library (Southwest Edition)of 1912 indicated that, before coming to CA in 1895, Fithugh spent "...about eight years in well known Eastern offices." This source stated that he practiced in Cincinnati, designing buildings for the American Cotton Seed Oil Company, Russell-Morgan Printing Company, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis (aka the CCC&St or "Big Four") Railway, and the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway., (SeePress Reference Library (Southwest Edition), [Los Angeles: Los Angeles Examiner, 1912], p. 105.)

Principal, Thornton Fitzhugh, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1895- ; in 1912, he maintained his office in Room #482 of the Pacific Electric Building.

Apparently, Fitzhugh became an establshed architect in Cincinnati; the 1913 Who's Who on the Pacific Coastindicated that he had "...drafted the first building ordinance in Cincinnati." Once in Los Angeles, he became part of the Los Angeles Building Ordinance Commission in 1905-1906. (See Who's Who on the Pacific Coast,Franklin Harper, ed., [Los Angeles: Harper Publishing Company, 1913], p. 198.)

Associate, Fitzhugh, Deckbar and Krucker, Associated Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1923; Partner, Fitzhugh and Teal, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1924.


Fitzhugh taught architecture for four years at the Ohio Mechanics Institute in Cincinnati, OH. According to his biographical blurb in Who's Who on the Pacific Coast, he also taught a "...special course in structural steel, [in] Chicago." (See Who's Who on the Pacific Coast, Franklin Harper, ed., [Los Angeles: Harper Publishing Company, 1913], p. 198.)


The Charles Francis Saunders Papers, 1680-1954, included correspondence from Thornton Fitzhugh to Saunders dating from 1928-1929. (See Subseries 2 Correspondence. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Blaksley Library, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105; tel: 805-682-4726 ext. 107.)



The Who's Who on the Pacific Coast(1913) indicated that Fitzhugh had "...studied art under Charles J. Fiscus of Indianapolis." (See Who's Who on the Pacific Coast,Franklin Harper, ed., [Los Angeles: Harper Publishing Company, 1913], p. 198.) Charles Joseph Fiscus, born in Indianapolis, IN, on 05/26/1861, painted portraits, genre studies and landscapes in Indianapolis. His died in the same city quite prematurely at age 24, on 02/06/1884. (See Pioneer Painters of Indiana, "Charles J. Fiscus," accessed 11/28/2016.)



According to the 1880 Census, Fitzhugh lived in the 2nd Ward of Indianopolis, IN, and was a student.

In 1900, Fitzhugh lived with his family near Cherry Street in the 4th Ward of Vicksburg, MS. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Vicksburg Ward 4, Warren, Mississippi; Roll: 831; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 0124; FHL microfilm: 1240831, accessed 11/29/2016.)

Fitzhugh lived in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, in 1906.

Between 1907 and 08/1910, Fitzhugh spent time in the Phoenix, AZ-area, undertaking at least two, large, public commissions: the Arizona Territorial Penitentiary and the Insane Asylum of Arizona. The Southwest Contractor and Manufacturerindicated that "Mr. Fitzhugh's reputation as a designer of ability has been equalled by the reputation he has built up as a reinforced concrete engineer. In Arizona his chief work was in the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures, notably the Territorial penitentiary at Florence, and a reinforced concrete county hospital building near Phoenix. Both these structures are of a design calculated to meet local climatic conditions and are of the radial type in arrangement--wings radiating from a center to give the interiors as much advantage of air circulation as possible and counteract the strenght of the direct sunshine."

By 1912, he resided at 1421 Winfield Street in Los Angeles.


His father, Lee Mason Fitzhugh, Sr., was born in Indiana (c. 11/1838) and died 03/12/1906; Lee Mason Fitzhugh's father and mother were born in Maryland. Lee Mason Fitzhugh, Sr., married twice. According to the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Thornton Fitzhugh's birth mother, Anna Harrison Thornton (1835--1883) was born in OH. She passed away prematurely on 01/17/1883 in Indianapolis, IN. Following her death, Lee Mason Fitzhugh, Sr., wed his second wife, Laura D. Fitzhugh, in 1885; Lee Mason Fitzhugh, Sr.'s sister, Elizabeth, lived with him in the 6th Ward of Los Angeles, CA, in 1900.

Thornton Fitzhugh had a sister--Anna Thornton Fitzhugh (1873–1954)---andtwo brothers--George Lee Fitzhugh (1866–1902) and Lee Mason Fitzhugh, Jr., (1876–1937). Lee, Jr., became an architect, in the Phoenix, AZ, area. Lee did designthe Gothic First Methodist Church of Glendale, CA. Thornton, Anna and Lee, Jr., were born in Indianapolis, but George was born in MI.


Thornton Fitzhugh married Anna McClung Fitzhugh (born 06/08/1868 in MO-d. 01/23/1909 in CA) in 1888. Anna was born in Missouri, and her parents were from Ohio.

Following his wife's death in 1909, he married Mabel Adelaid Lum Fitzhugh (1885-1964).


In 1900, he had had two sons, James M. Fitzhugh (born 01/1890 in Ohio) and Lee M. Fitzhugh (born 09/1894 in Washington). The 1920 US Census recorded that he also had a daughter, Anna (born c. 1902 in CA).

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  • Indianapolis, IN (Architect's Birth)
    Indianapolis, IN

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