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date: 12 November 2019

Lippincott, Roy (Alston)locked

(b Harrisburg, PA, July 1, 1885; d Santa Barbara, CA, April 28, 1969).
  • Ian J. Lochhead

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(Alston)

(b Harrisburg, PA, July 1, 1885; d Santa Barbara, CA, April 28, 1969).

American architect, active in Australia and New Zealand. Lippincott studied architecture (1905–9) at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and on graduation worked for the firms of Von Holst and Fyfe (1909–11) and Spencer and Powers (1912), both in Chicago. In 1913 Lippincott became chief draughtsman to Walter Burley Griffin, becoming a junior partner and moving to Australia with Griffin in 1914, when he also married Griffin’s sister, Genevieve. Lippincott participated in planning the new capital of Canberra and managed the firm’s Melbourne office. It is difficult to distinguish his designs from those of Griffin, and Lippincott’s own house (1917), 21 Glenard Drive, Heidelberg, Victoria, clearly reveals the influence of the Prairie school. In 1920, in partnership with Edward Billson, who also worked in Griffin’s office, he won the competition for the Arts Building (1921–6; for illustration see Auckland), University of Auckland, and in ...

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