Charles Weatherhogg was born on April 15th, 1872 in Donington, Lincolnshire, England. Charles was the child of Henry and Jane Weatherhogg; Charles attended school in Donington and graduated from Cowley’s Endowed School. Later he apprenticed at an architect’s office for a three year term. Charles Weatherhogg came to the United States in 1892 to attend the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. He then traveled to Fort Wayne to visit his friend and later life long business partner, Ross McCulloch, who he had met in England in 1891. Charles’ work became prolific and he designed many buildings in Northern Indiana and western Ohio. Weatherhogg worked intensely on proposals of new drafts of building codes drafted for the City Council of Fort Wayne that were later approved in 1926 which led to many positive regulations that helped the city develop in the future. He emphasized the importance of good paved roads and helped push for the Lincoln Highway through Allen County.

Weatherhogg designed many commercial and public works throughout the Northern Midwest.  He enjoyed using a variety of architectural styles varying from Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Classical Revival, French Chateau, Gothic, Romanesque, 19th Century Commercial, and Arts and Crafts. Weatherhogg was part of several architecture firms throughout his life time and partnerships, as well as collaborations in his career. He eventually started his own office under his name the Weatherhogg Office c. 1898. In his early career he was a part of two separate firms with the same name of Wing and Mahurin. One of his more famous collaborations was in 1907 in the designing and constructing the Anthony Hotel with the Architect Louis Sullivan who had come from Chicago at the request of Weatherhogg. Charles Weatherhogg considered his most prized accomplishment of his career to be the Estelle Peabody Memorial Home in North Manchester, which was one of his last; he died before its completion in 1937.

His early work had been primarily done in North Manchester Indiana from schools such as the Central school building, later he designed the John Snyder residence and the Manchester College gymnasium, Memorial Chapel, and Memorial Tower.  Charles Weatherhogg was highly involved in the community of Fort Wayne and served on dozens of committees and as the director of several boards especially during the First World War. He was involved with the Red Cross Fund drive, War bonds, and the YMCA. He advocated for the conservation of natural resources. He erected a memorial to Art Smith, who had died in a plane crash while serving in the United States Air Mail Service. Charles Weatherhogg never married and died of heart troubles in his lodge home on October 18, 1937.

 

Charles Weatherhogg 1872-1937

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Notable Buildings by Charles Weatherhogg

  1. Estelle Peabody Memorial Home 400 W 7th St, North Manchester, IN 46962
  2. Rockhill House; Colonial Revival, c 1910. 1337 W. Wayne St. Fort Wayne, IN.
  3. Diamond St, Kendallville, IN
  4. Kendallville High School
  5. Louis Curdes House; Craftsman, c.1915
  6. In the Forest park Historic District 1721 Forest Park Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
  7. Blackstone Building 112 W. Washington, Fort Wayne, IN 1925
  8. Byron, Irene, Tuberculosis Sanatorium–Physicians’ Residences 12371 and 12407 Lima Rd. , Fort Wayne. 1925
  9. Fairfield Manor Also known as Fairfield Manor Apartments 2301 Fairfield Ave. , Fort Wayne, IN
  10. Masonic Temple 206 E. Washington Blvd. , Fort Wayne, IN 1925

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Further Readings

  1. Charles Weatherhogg obituary http://www.nmanchesterhistory.org/obituary-charles-r-weatherhogg.html Source: The News-Journal, October 18, 1937.
  2. Griswold, B. J. Builders of Greater Fort Wayne: A Collection of the Men of Today Who Are Carrying on the Work of the Fathers in the Making of “The Wonder City of Midwestern America” with Intimate Life Stories. Fort Wayne: Publisher Not Identified, 1926.
  3. Harter, Randolph L., and Craig S. Leonard. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne Indiana. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishers, 2015.
  4. The National Register of Historic Places http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/in/allen/state.html

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