Frederick H. Trimble

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Frederick H. Trimble was an American architect in Central Florida from the early 1900s through the 1920s. He worked in the Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival and Prairie Style.

Buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places include:

Background[edit]

Frederick Homer Trimble was born on June 2, 1878 and died Aug 13, 1934. His parents were Andrew Hill Trimble and Cynthia Ann Wright.[1] Fred was one of their thirteen children: ten boys and three girls.[2][3]

Frederick Homer Trimble graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and was appointed by the Methodist Church to serve as the first industrial missionary to Foochow, China in 1905, putting to use his schooling in architecture and civil engineering.[4] While on furlough, he married Rena Nellie Bowker, who then also went to China as a missionary in 1906. While in China Trimble served as superintendent of construction of Hwa Nan College, the Woman's College of South China.[5][6][7]

Spanish Colonial Revival[edit]

Trimble began his architectural career in the United States in Fellsmere, Florida.[8] He helped pioneer the use of the Spanish Colonial Revival style, well suited to the Florida environment, in the mid-1910s (for example Farmer’s Bank in Vero Beach, 1914). The style saw a national surge in popularity following the exposure it received at the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego of 1915.

Trimble was noted for his design of school buildings starting with the Fellsmere School (1915). He designed more than 50 schools in Florida.[9] In 1918-1919, Trimble employed Ida Annah Ryan as a designing architect.[10]

Trimble's was one of only ten architectural firms listed in the Orlando phone directory in 1926, the others being: Frank L. Bodine, Fred E. Field, David Hyer, Murry S. King, George E. Krug, Howard M. Reynolds, Ryan and Roberts (Ida Annah Ryan and Isabel Roberts) and Percy P. Turner. This group of architects was quite intentional about creating a style of architecture in Central Florida suited to the region. Here is how they described it in an article from The Florida Circle of May 1924:

"Just as architects of old created styles to harmonize with their environment, so have the architects of Florida been creating, from native motifs, a style that is carefully adapted to the climatic conditions and surroundings of the state. This style has an individuality all its own and should have a fitting name to express its origins . . . The Florida Association of Architects will give a prize of $25.00 for the name selected."[11]

This contest was to conclude in November 1924 and the winning name announced thereafter.[citation needed]

Florida Southern College[edit]

In 1921, Trimble created a master plan for the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, based upon Thomas Jefferson's campus plan for the University of Virginia.[12] Frank Lloyd Wright’s later design for the campus was influenced by Trimble’s concepts, especially the domed central feature which Wright translated into a water dome, finally made operational in 2008.[citation needed]

Architectural Work – Partial Listing[edit]

Florida[edit]

Vero Furniture
old Carey Funeral Home

Illinois[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ familysearch.org
  2. ^ http://www2.ups.edu/dsa/trimble/thestory.html
  3. ^ History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical, by Harry Gardner Cutler - Florida - 1923
  4. ^ Catalogue of Morningside College, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, 1909
  5. ^ A Historical Profile of Sioux City, by John F. Schmidt, p. 241
  6. ^ A Century of Protestant Missions in China, 1807-1907: Being the Centenary, by Donald MacGillivray, Christian Literature Society for China Missions, 1907; p. 439
  7. ^ Hwa Nan College: The Woman's College of South China, by L. Ethel Wallace, 1956; p. 11
  8. ^ http://archive.is/20130123045048/http://www.flheritage.com/facts/reports/places/index.cfm?fuseaction=ListAreas&county=Indian%20River
  9. ^ http://google.com/search?q=cache:XD-NeocF_kQJ:www.bgcirc.org/images/images/PJ.pdf+Fellsmere+trimble&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=6&gl=us
  10. ^ American Women: The Official Who's Who Among the Women of the Nation, Volume 1, edited by Durward Howes, p. 482
  11. ^ The Florida Circle, Jacksonville, FL, Vol. 1 No. 2, May 1924
  12. ^ http://contentdm.rollins.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/wpandcfl&CISOPTR=597&CISOBOX=1&REC=3
  13. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=MWA477c4ebAC&pg=PA48&lpg=PA48&dq=%22F.+H.+Trimble%22&source=web&ots=3rnz6UI8Bh&sig=ZvqWy1Ny6wgaHjPPruImHUxJh0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result#PPA48,M1
  14. ^ http://www.flheritage.com/facts/reports/places/index.cfm?fuseaction=FullImage&id=991
  15. ^ http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/8428/hikeplans/orlando_lk_lucerne/planorlluce.html&date=2009-10-26+22:06:54
  16. ^ http://www.apartmente.com/KEY/HISTORIAL%20TRAIL.htm
  17. ^ History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical, by Harry Gardner Cutler - Florida - 1923
  18. ^ History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical, by Harry Gardner Cutler - Florida - 1923
  19. ^ History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical, by Harry Gardner Cutler - Florida - 1923
  20. ^ History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical, by Harry Gardner Cutler - Florida - 1923
  21. ^ History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical, by Harry Gardner Cutler - Florida - 1923
  22. ^ Today's Education,Published by National Education Association of the United States, 1921; p. 208
  23. ^ Today's Education, Published by National Education Association of the United States, 1921;p. 35
  24. ^ http://www.fivay.org/gulf/history1.html
  25. ^ Historic photos at: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/47282338@N03/6372410203/
  26. ^ Manufacturers' Record, Volume 81, Issues 14-26; page 121
  27. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=MWA477c4ebAC&pg=PA48&lpg=PA48&dq=%22F.+H.+Trimble%22&source=web&ots=3rnz6UI8Bh&sig=ZvqWy1Ny6wgaHjPPruImHUxJh0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result#PPA62,M1
  28. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theater/10663/
  29. ^ http://www.flheritage.com/facts/reports/places/index.cfm?fuseaction=FullImage&id=395
  30. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=MWA477c4ebAC&pg=PA48&lpg=PA48&dq=%22F.+H.+Trimble%22&source=web&ots=3rnz6UI8Bh&sig=ZvqWy1Ny6wgaHjPPruImHUxJh0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result#PPA60,M1
  31. ^ A Guide to Historic Lakeland, Florida, by Steve Rajtar
  32. ^ http://www.cfhf.net/orlando/1926.htm
  33. ^ Progressive Architecture, 1928