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Male, born 1884-01-31, died 1974-09-24

Associated with the firms network

Keith and Whitehouse, Architects; Whitehouse and Price, Architects; Whitehouse, Price and DeNeff, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, McKim, Mead and White, Architects, Boston, MA, c. 1898.

Draftsman, [Thomas A.] Fox, [Alexander S.] Jenney and [Edwards J.] Gale, Architects, 1899-1901. Thomas Alfred Fox (1864-1946) , Alexander Stoddard Jenney (1862-1930) and Edwards Jewell Gale (1868-1949) had assisted Charles Follen McKim on the design of the Boston Public Library (1888-1895). Fox was also a close friend of the artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). At this time, Fox, Jenney and Gale won the 1899 design competition for the Weston, MA, Public Library. The library opened on 11/17/1900. (See "Free Public Libraries," Boston Evening Transcript, 11/21/1900, p. 17.)

Draftsman, Bowdoin Bradlee Crowninshield, Naval Architect, Marblehead, MA, 1902-1904.

Draftsman, Link and Haire, Architects, 1906-1907.

Draftsman, George E. DeSnell, Architect, Butte, MT, 1906.

Draftsman, George H. Shanley, Architect, Butte, MT, 1907.

Draftsman, John K. Dow, Architect, Spokane, WA, 1907-1908.

Partner, Keith and Whitehouse, Architects, Spokane, WA, c. 01/1908-1913. The firm of Keith and Whitehouse dissolved in late 1913, perhaps 11/1913. The Improvement Bulletin noted the creation of the firm in its 01/1908 issue: “George H. Keith and H.C. Whitehouse, of Spokane, Wash., have formed an architectural partnership there with offices at 611 Empire State Building. They regard the building outlook as bright. Mr. Keith is well-known in Minneapolis, where he was for several years associated with the architectural practice. Mr. Whitehouse is a graduate of the Boston [sic] School of Technology.” (See “News of the Week Personal and General,” Improvement Bulletin, 01/04/1908, p. 18.) A dissolution notice for Keith and Woodhouse appeared in the American Architect: "Messrs. George H. Keith and Harold C. Whitehouse, architects, Spokane, Wash., announce the dissolution of their partnership to enter independent practice. Mr. Keith will practice at 612 Hutton Building and Mr. Whitehouse at 608 Hutton Building. Mr. Keith will be glad to receive samples from manufacturers and dealers in building materials.” (See “Personal,” American Architect, either 11 or 12/1913, p. 5. Issue date is not clear in Google Books version of American Architect, perhaps 12/10/1913.)

Partner, Whitehouse and [Ernest V.] Price, Architects, Spokane, WA, 1914-1950. In 1930, Whitehouse and Price had its office in Rooms #625-628 of the Hutton Building in Spokane. (See Polk's Spokane Directory's Spokane City Directory, 1930, p. 1015.) By 1950, the firm was situated in the Hutton Building, S 9 Washington Street, Room #715. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1950, p. 1439.)

Partner, Whitehouse, Price, [Will W.] DeNeff and [Edward J.] Deeble, Architects, Spokane, WA, c. 1957-1958. Whitehouse, Price, DeNeff and Deeble rented offices in the Hutton Building, Rooms #715-724 at S 9 Washington Street. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1958, p. 832.)

Partner, Whitehouse, Price and DeNeff, Architects, Spokane, WA, 1960. In 1959-1960, the office remained in Rooms #715-724 at S 9 Washington Street. (See Spokane City Directory, 1959,p. 111 and Spokane City Directory, 1960, p. 129.)

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), c. 1921. Whitehouse became a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington State Chapter, in late 1920. (See "New Members Elected," Journal of the American Institute of Architects, vol. IX, no. 1, 01/1921, p. 58.)

When surveyed in 1946, 1955 and 1962, Whitehouse indicated that he was a Registered Architect in the states of WA, ID, MT, and OR.

President, American Institute of Architect (AIA), Spokane Chapter.

Vice-President, Associated Engineers.

President, Spokane Art Association, Spokane, WA.

President, Spokane Art Center, Spokane, WA.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1959.


The Whitehouse and Price Records 1939-1972 are maintained at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives, Spokane, WA. This collection contained 20 flat files of drawings and 2 boxes of other documents.


Whitehouse had his secondary school education in Medford, MA; Special Certificate, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1911-1913.

Elected to the Gargoyle Society of Cornell University, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1912. (Gargoyle was the Cornell chapter of the Intercollegiate Architectural Federation (IAF); in 1910, the IAF had chapters at Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia, Pennsylvania and Cornell. The IAF was founded in the Spring of 1910. See "Gargoyle Society in Architectural Competition," The Cornell Daily Sun, Volume XXXI, Number 48, 11/21/1910, p. 7.) Member, L'Ogive Society of the College of Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1912. Recipient, Second Medal in Design, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, c. 1913.



Harold Clarence Whitehouse was born in Somerville, MA, about four miles northwest of Boston.

In 1900, Whitehouse resided with his parents and three siblings at 382 Salem Street in Medford, MA. He continued to work as a draftsman in 1903, and resided at 131 State Street, Room #1013, in Boston. (See Boston, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1903, p. 1885.)

Price designed and built his own residence at 730 Plateau Road, Spokane, WA, in 1948-1949. He continued to lived here in 1958. (See Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1958, p. 832.)


His mother was Emily Dora Chaney (born 08/10/1859 in ME-d. 08/20/1919 in Medford, MA), his father, Arthur Thomas Whitehouse (born 1857 in Birmingham, England-d. 03/14/1936 in Hennepin County, MN). Arthur Whitehouse grew up in England and Australia, and attended college at Oxford University. An obituary for Arthur Whitehouse included several interesting anecdotes about him: "While Mr. Whitehouse was still a boy, his family inhabited the house where Oliver Crowell once lived. Members of his family discovered a secret passage in the old house which led through a panel in the staircase to a chamber where many of Cromwell's belongings were preserved untouched. Mr. Whitehouse's father, the inventor of seamless copper tubing, later sold several patents in the United States, and the family lived at Boston. After his father's death he tended the patents and enterprises until he started his own business at Lisbon, N.D. Mr. Whitehouse's interests were wide and included many things not mechanical. An enthusiastic amateur florist, he collected plants and bulbs from all parts of the world." (See Find a, "Arthur Thomas Whitehouse," accessed 07/09/2024.)

His parents wed on 10/08/1878 in Somerville, MA. (See "Marriages and Deaths," New England Farmer, 10/19/1878, p. 3.) Emily Chaney's parents were Emily Hilton (born 02/01/1821 in Lincoln County, ME-d. 09/19/1863 in Bath, ME) and Alden Bradford Chaney (born 1816 in Alna, ME-d. 08/15/1866 in Bath, ME).

Whitehouse had three siblings: Melanie A. Whitehouse (born c. 07/1878 in MA), Irving A. Whitehouse (born c. 03/1882 in MA) and Henry T. Whitehouse (born 04/1886 in MA)


Whitehouse married in 1909.


He had three children.

Biographical Notes

Whitehouse took a study tour of Europe with Professor A.C. Phelps of Cornell. They traveled to France, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, and England in 1923.

SSN: 533-36-7456.

Associated Locations

  • Somerville, MA (Architect's Birth)
    Somerville, MA

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