RICHARD LEE (DICK) RICE, FAIA (1919-2009)
Born and raised in Raleigh, Rice graduated from Hugh Morson High School in 1937 and from NCSU in 1941 with a BS in Architectural Engineering. During WWII, Rice was placed in charge of the reconstruction of the Kammergericht, the Peoples Court Building. This was a large damaged structure which was to serve as the headquarters of the Allied Control Authority where Eisenhower, Montgomery, Zhukov, and Koenig of The United States, Great Britain, Soviet Union, and France were to meet at ten day intervals to govern Germany. He was awarded eleven medals and decorations including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, European-North African Campaign Medal with 7 battle stars, and The Republic of France D-Day Medal. He ended his 30 years military service as Colonel, Deputy Commanding Officer of the 120th U.S. Army Reserve Command, a 6000 man unit with many subordinate units in NC and SC.
After the war, he worked for H. A. Underwood, Carter Williams, and Cooper and Maybin. He left to go on his own for a year, then rejoined what would now be called Cooper, Haskins, and Rice as a partner. After Cooper's death the firm became Haskins & Rice, a partnership with Al Haskins that would last for decades. Al Haskins' background in engineering and knowledge of construction and building codes complemented Dick Rice's love of design. It was a deeply creative, productive partnership.
Rice is known for many churches and schools in the area, One and Two Hannover Square, and the 1989 Memorial Auditorium renovation. Rice was president of the North Carolina Chapter of the AIA, president of the Raleigh Section of Architects, and a director of the South Atlantic Region AIA. He also received a N.C. Chapter AIA Distinguished Service Award. Particularly noteworthy was his effort and successful endeavor as co- chairman of the NCAIA Committee to Establish a New School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
One of his favorite projects, according to daughter-in-law Mae, was Aldert Root Elementary School (originally called the Country Club Hills School) in Raleigh, shown below, a design that as of 2009 was mostly destroyed and replaced with a new building.
1950 - The Richard and Cora Rice House, 1525 Canterbury Road, Raleigh NC. Dick Rice accidentally died there from a fall in 2009. Deeded in 2010 to heirs and became a rental. Sold in 2019. Destroyed in 2020.
Around 1955 - The Mamie and Almon B. Butler Sr. House, 107 Doris Avenue, Clinton NC. Traditional house, a replacement for an earlier house that burned down.
1953 - The Ellen B. Winston house, 1712 Picadilly Lane, Raleigh NC. Sold in 1984 to Melanie Mudge. Sold in 1999 to Dana Blesis and Marcia Barham, still owners as of 2015. At some point the house was renovated (top photo) from its original state (bottom photo).
1954 - The Richard G. and Anne White House, 3208 Birnamwood Road, Raleigh NC. After Richard White died, Anne White married James W. Dixon. Sold in 1966 to Robert L. and Mary S. Phillips. Sold in 1968 to Alonzo T. Adams. Sold in 2018 to Lee Dev Co V LLC. Status unknown.
1957 - The William Kenneth Craig House, 507 Randolph Pines Road, Enfield NC. Furniture designed by Rice, Mrs. Craig, and Ned Holbrook. Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Featured in Southern Architect, November 1957. Sold in 2009 to Kay and Andrew Neville.
Around 1957 - The H. Lemon and Edna Barnhill House, 125 West Simmons Avenue, Williamston NC.
Year unknown - The John Q. and Lima D. Hofler House, Randolph Pines Road, Enfield NC. Two bedrooms, one bath. Down the street from the Craig house.
Year unknown - The John W. Hunter House, 3243 Birnamwood Road, Raleigh NC. Sold in 2001 to Edward and Dixie Jernigan, who tore it down to build the house above.
Other houses that Haskins and Rice did in Raleigh prior to 1957 include:
D. B. Anderson, L. Y. Ballentine, Pembroke Baker, B. O. Betts, J. Melville Broughton Jr., J. E. Bryan, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph W. Cummings, James A. Davidson, Grover Dillon, Jr., G. L. Firth, Fred M. Haig, Robert Hanley (off Fairview Road), John W. Harrelson, Rochelle Johnson, Earl T. Jones, Albert L. Levine, L. Carl Liles, W. E. Mangum, M. G. Mann, George Y. Ragsdale, L. Gordon Sinclair, W. T. Ward, W. H. Weatherspoon, Robert S. Winston, Sanford Winston, Marion Wyatt, Robert J. Wyatt, Julia Coke (St. Mary's Street and Fairview area), Dillon Kalkhurst (1985 modernist renovation to a 1925 home at 930 Cowper Drive, Raleigh.)
Elsewhere prior to 1957:
RJ Whitehurst (Bethel NC)
Sebron Royal (Clinton NC)
Norman E. Mitchell (Littleton NC)
Hugh Harris (Oriental NC)
Reid Grantham (Red Springs NC)
HS Loy (Roanoke Rapids NC)
Marvin Taylor (Smithfield NC)
CS Graves (Washington NC)
Allan H. Moore (Washington NC)
CH Rogers (Williamston NC)
Alan Schafer (Dillon SC).
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Sources include: Dick Rice; History of The North Carolina Chapter of the AIA, 1913-1998: An Architectural Heritage by C. David Jackson and Charlotte V. Brown.