LIGON BROADUS FLYNN, FAIA (1931-2010)
Ligon Flynn grew up in Tryon NC, the son of a rural postal carrier. He graduated from the NCSU School of Design in 1959 and taught there 1963-1967 while also in private practice. In 1971, Henry Johnston joined him as a partner. They moved to Wilmington in 1972 to work with Young Smith designing houses for Figure Eight Island, shown below, a large oceanfront vacation community. The partnership with Johnston ended in 1976 and Flynn had his own firm after that.
Flynn received six AIA North Carolina design awards plus the Kamphoefner Prize. His architectural practice encompassed institutional, commercial and residential work including projects such as the Gregg Museum at NCSU; St. John's Museum of Art; his own office at 15 South Second St; Hospice Inpatient Care Facility in Wilmington and numerous residential projects, many of which are on Figure Eight Island. His core design philosophy included "every building must have a garden." In 2007, he wrote Tobacco Barns, a book of photographs published thru Lulu Books. In 2009, he retired after a stroke and died in 2010. His archives are with Special Collections at NC State and former employee Virginia (Ginny) Woodruff.
Comprehensive map of Flynn houses on Figure Eight Island.
1952 - The Broadus and Jane Flynn House I, aka Serendipity, 260 Country Club Heights Road, Tryon NC. It was the first retirement home for Flynn's parents, designed when he was a junior at NCSU. In the early 1950s the family bought a small mountain that would become known as Country Club Heights. All the houses (six) on the hill except for one were designed by Flynn or Holland Brady, Jr. or the two of them together. Sold to Robert Jordan. Sold several times. Sold to artist Guntram Gersch and restored to much of its original condition. Part of Architecture of Tryon NC by Michael McCue. Photos by Carolyn Ashburn. Sold in 2014 to Denise Selz who did a faithful renovation.
1955 - The Broadus and Jane Flynn House II, 400 Country Club Heights Road, Tryon NC. It was the second retirement home for Flynn's parents, as Serendipity turned out to be too large for them. Renovated in 1970. Deeded to Myrtle Flynn. Deeded to son H. Shields and Frances Flynn. Sold in 1998 to K. David Cothran. Photo by Shields Flynn.
1956 - The George Thomas (Tom) and Mary Flynn Moore House I, 346 Country Club Heights Road, Tryon NC. Mary Moore was Flynn's sister. This was a collaboration between Ligon Flynn and Holland Brady (Flynn's brother-in-law with a different sister). Built by Tom Moore. There have been a number of modifications, for example, a railing was added on the living room steps, bottom photo. Sold in 2013 to John Reuter and Craig Parrish who restored the house to retain its original character, starting with a new roof. Color photos by Shields Flynn.
1962 - The Howard D. and Mary Alexander House, 365 Meredith Street, Raleigh NC. Designed with Joe Hoskins. Originally built as a spec house, the Alexanders bought it about halfway through construction. As of 2017 still owned by the Alexanders.
1963 - The Ligon Flynn House, 4403 Laurel Hills Road, Raleigh NC. Sold in 1964 to Joseph and Kristine Baldwin. Sold in 1965 to James and Carol Walker. Sold in 1966 to Kathryn and Thomas Worthington. Sold in 1972 to H. David and Rosalee Maxey. Sold in 1977 to Douglas Alexander, still owners as of 2017.
Late 1970s - Flynn designed his office on the upper level of Chandler’s Wharf, Front Street, on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington NC.
1970s through the 1980s - The Burch-Cowan Residence, later renovated into an Artist Studio/Museum as part of the St. John’s Gallery, corner of Second and Orange Streets, Wilmington NC. The Gallery was a merger of this house and two other buildings: the oldest Masonic Lodge in North Carolina, and the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Photos provided by Steve Cofer.
1974 - The Stanley Phillips House, aka Tree House, 275 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Designed with Henry Johnston. Bottom photo provided by Steve Arnaudin. An elevator was added at some point. Sold in 1980 to Ralph Benz. Sold in 1987 to Richard Howard. Sold in 2001 to Kathryn and Earl Congdon. Sold in 2003 to Jasie Barringer. Sold in 2005 to Stec No 05 2130 LLC. Sold later in 2005 to David and Agnes (Bunny) Bachman. Sold in 2014 to 275 BRN LLC, a Bachman company. Available for rental.
1978 - The David Bryan Residence, 156 Ellerslie Drive, Fayetteville NC. As of 2011 still owned by David Bryan.
1979 - The George T. and Mary Flynn Moore House II, 504 Wilderness Road, Tryon NC. Also built by George T. Moore. Photos by Shields Flynn. Commissioned 1978.
1980 - The Thomas (Tom) and Dianne Avery House, 313 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Photos by Steve Arnaudin. Included a lot of steel, because Tom Avery was founder of a steel company, Structural Systems, Inc. Still owned by the Averys as of 2014.
1981 - The Joseph and Doris Marshall Residence, 3 Surf Court, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold in 2005 to David and Linda Lewis. Bottom photo provided by Steve Cofer.
1981 - The Judith and James Loutit House, 278 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Renovated 1991. As of 2012 owned by Christopher C. Loutit. Bottom photo provided by Steve Cofer.
1981 - The Anne S. and James M. Peden House, 114 Beach Road South, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Traditional beach house design. Sold in 1992 to Cynthia F. and Stephen G. Anderson. Sold in 2004 to F. Hall and Barbara P. Barnett. For sale 2014-2015.
Around 1982 - The General William Lyon Residence, 16 Comber Road, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Flynn designed a home for the owner of Figure Eight Island that was a model for others. The interiors were designed by Steven Chase of Palm Springs. Destroyed by fire in 1985. Sold in 1985 to Beachfront Properties. Sold in 1987 to Kuhlken Hall Group Inc. Sold in 1988 to Jane and Robert McCorkle, who transferred it to Eastwood Partners. Sold in 1994 to Hubert E. and Gayle Stout Rayfield, Jr. Replaced by a new house in 1996, bottom photos, architect unknown. Deeded in 2008 to Rayfield Beachside LLC. Sold in 2009 to Figure 8 Pointe LLC, aka Anthony Dilweg. Up for auction in 2011 (didn't sell). Available for rental. Top three photos provided by Steve Cofer.
1981 - The William (Bill) and Mary Joslin Residence, Figure Eight Island, 264 Beach Road North, Wilmington NC. Sold in 2000 to Joseph and Patricia Belton. Destroyed and replaced, bottom photo.
1982 - The Chester and Geraldine Eskey Residence, 207 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold to Montgomery Marketing. Has been greatly expanded. As of 2012 owned by M. D. and Patricia Montgomery. Bottom photo provided by Steve Cofer. Sold in 2015 to Jennifer P. and Paul Wright, IV.
1983 - The Leon Melvin Residence, 179 Beach Road South, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold in 1986 to CJ and Charlotte Russell. Sold in 1994 to Gerald Wolford. Sold in 2005 to Daniel Rizzo. Sold again in 2005 to Howard and Agnes Woltz. Sold to Edwin Woltz. Sold to Joan Robins. Bottom photo provided by Steve Cofer.
1983 - The Roberts E. (Bob) and Kay Timberlake, Sr. House, 255 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Designed with Michael Moorefield. Built by Ted and Mike Crews. Timberlake’s father supplied the prehistoric clam shells embedded in the garden walls and Robert Timberlake, a cousin, built the iron entry gate that provides a glimpse of the deeply shaded outdoor space and a flash of sound and sky beyond it. The house is an extended octagonal plan offering multi-directional views of surf and sound.Includes a large guest house to the south, bottom photo. Sold in 2002 to Poppa and KK LLC. Sold in 2010 to Edwards Children Figure LLC. Bottom photo by Joshua Curry.
1983 - The Rene and Diane Koun Residence, 513 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold in 1993 to Fenton and Patricia Hord who still owned it as of 2012. Photo by Steve Cofer.
1984 - The George and Lelia Birrell Residence, 218 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Noted for its stair stepping windows. Built by Steve Weiss. Photos provided by Steve Cofer. Sold in 1995 to to William and Jeanette Reid who still owned it as of 2012.
1984 - The Christopher and Leslie Fleming House, 1 Salters Road, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold in 1993 to Francis and Ann Lineweaver who still owned it as of 2012.
1984 - The Smith House, 2 Oyster Catcher Road, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold in 1990 to John H. Dariel Buczek who still owned it as of 2012. Photo provided by Steve Cofer.
1984 - The Ed and Nancy Cornelius House, 262 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold in 1986 to C & H Enterprises. Sold in 2004 to Michael and Jill Murray. Sold to Murray's Retreat LLC in 2009. Photo provided by Steve Cofer.
1984 - The Katherine (Taffy) Phillips House, 271 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Transferred to her trust in 2002. As of 2015 still in the Phillips trust.
1984 - The Agnes J. (Bunny) and David S. Bachman House, 205 Beach Road North, Wilmington NC. Sold in 2008 to Bachman Cottage LLC. Sold in 2014 to Susan G. and William H. McBride.
1984 - The James A. and Helen H. Lyons, Jr. House, 12 Oyster Catcher Road, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold in 2000 to Graydon and Margaret Pleasants.
1985 - The Thomas and Candace Simmons Residence, 249 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Designed and built to retain a large live oak tree. Built using Sonotube concrete columns by Ted Crews. Photos by Steve Cofer and Leilani Carter. As of 2011 still owned by the Simmons.
1985 - The Robert Doherty Residence, 13 Oyster Catcher Road, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. A linear residence on the north side of the island, the house is three buildings under one connecting roof: a Garage/Studio, the Main Residence with Master Bedroom, and a three Bedroom extension. Built by Steve Weiss. Remodeled in 2006. As of 2011 still owned by Robert Doherty. Photos provided by Steve Cofer. Video.
1985 - The McKinney Residence, Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. A four-building complex to be built of concrete on the island's highest rise, the layout and design had minimal impact on the existing live oak trees. Unbuilt. Photos provided by Steve Cofer.
1987 - Flynn's office at 15 South Second Street, Wilmington NC. Renovation of an existing building that was originally a livery stable and then a car dealership. The layout was designed around a walled in garden with terraces, water fountain and a variety of plantings. Photos by Jerry Markatos.
1987 - The Tim and Sue Edwards Residence, 2206 Warrenton Way, Jacksonville NC. Photo by Steve Cofer. Still owned by the Edwards as of 2014.
1991 - The Robertson Residence, 1941 Middle Sound Loop, Ogden NC. Commissioned 1989. Built by Weiss Construction of Wilmington. Sold to Tom Hughes. Photos by Jerry Merkatos.
2002 - The James (Chip) and Marguerite (Peggy) Mahan House, 49 Pipers Neck Road, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Sold in 2005 to Lucia Hughes.
2007 - The Shields Flynn Shelter, aka Japanese Teahouse, 255 Brookwood Drive, Tryon NC. Ligon's Flynn's project for his brother, his last in Tryon, and one of his very last designs before his stroke. Designed for the Flynns to relax near streams that converge about 30 feet below the deck of the main house.
2009 - The Bell Beach Road North Properties LLC House, 201 Beach Road North, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Built on the site of another modern house, bottom two photos. When Flynn had a stroke, the house was finished by project architect, Ginny Woodruff.
2010 - The Ellison Residence, aka Ligon Point, 3 Dunes Point Road, Figure Eight Island, Wilmington NC. Designed for three Ellison siblings. Commissioned 2009. Built by the Farlow Group. Landscape design by David Erwin. Interior design by Jane Ellison. Photos by Joshua Curry. Flynn passed away in September 2010 but not before touring his final triumph, sharing a few last words about the house: "The single most precious thing to have is a breeze. Its free. I wanted there to always be a breeze."