Levi J. Dean
|Levi J. Dean|
|Born||Levi Johnson Dean
Gassaway, West Virginia
|Buildings||Ricketts House, Huntington, West Virginia|
Levi Johnson Dean (1878-?) was a West Virginia-based architect.
He was born in Gassaway, Braxton County, West Virginia in 1878. His father, George W. Dean, served in the Confederate army and was a boat builder and millwright. His mother was Mary Jane Davis and he was one of thirteen children. Levi J. Dean married Ada Leonora Johnson in 1901, and they had three children. Following Ada's death in 1910, he married Susie Ada Turner in 1912, and they had three children. Two of these, Keith and Brooks, became architects and practiced with Levi in the Huntington firm of Dean and Dean. 
Dean studied architecture in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He began his practice, with mechanics, in Charleston and relocated to Huntington in 1906. He briefly formed a partnership, but later went into business alone in 1910.
Levi Dean completed a large number of commissions in his day. His worked is distributed throughout West Virginia and into Kentucky and Ohio. He worked in practically every county in West Virginia. The majority of his commissions were school buildings and churches. He also did a large number of banks, county courthouses and additions, and private residences. The majority of the residential commissions were centered in Huntington, where he had a loyal following. During the Depression he performed a number of commissions for the Works Progress Administration.
Individual listings on the National Register of Historic Places
- 1924-1925: Ricketts House (Huntington, West Virginia), listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
- 1940: R. T. Price House, Williamson, West Virginia, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
- 1940: Nicholas County Courthouse, Summersville, West Virginia, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Contributing properties to historic districts
- Clendenin Historic District
- Downtown Richwood Historic District
- Matewan Historic District
- Ripley Historic District
- Michael Gioulis (August 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: R. T. Price House". State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
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