Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Link-Lee Mansion

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Institution Name: University of St. Thomas
Original/Historic Place Name: Link-Lee Mansion
Location on Campus: 3800 Montrose Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1912original construction Sanguinent, Stoats & Barnes
1922alterations Finn, Alfred
Designer: Sanguinent, Stoats & Barnes (original); Alfred Finn (alterations)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: masonry-reinforced concrete
Walls: brick, double wythe and plaster
Roof: clay tile
ca. 1912-1916private residence (of Link family)
ca. 1916-1946private residence (of Lee family)
ca. 1947library
ca. 1947chapel
ca. 1947classrooms
ca. 1947administration
ca. 1947old main
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (President, VP Academic Affairs, Institutional Advancement)

The Administration Building of the University of St. Thomas was built as a family home by J.W. Link. Link, a lumberman and financier from Orange, Texas, was founder of the Houston Land Corporation which developed the Montrose area. The house was designed by Sanguinent, Stoats & Barnes and built by the W.B. Young Contracting Company. It was completed in 1912 for an approximate cost of $60,000.

A departure from the colonial and mission architecture prevalent at the time, the house was designed to withstand the destruction of time, fire, and natural elements. All foundations are of reinforced concrete. Limestone from Carthage, Missouri was used in all the stone work. Glazed tiles cover the main roof.

In 1916, T.P. Lee bought the house from Link. The Lee family retained possession of it until June 1946, when the University bought the house and the block on which it sits as the initial property for the institution.


BGK Architects and H2L2. Revised Campus Master Plan. [BGK Architects, Austin, TX and H2L2, Philadelphia, PA], 2000.

Sechelski, Teana, ed. First 50 Years: University of St. Thomas, 1947-1997. [s.l.: s.n., n.d.].


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