Linbeck: Through the Decades (1938-1948)
The first decade of Linbeck saw the construction of what have become historic landmarks within the Houston landscape. Out of our first office, Leo E. Linbeck and his new team of builders brought the city a cool new bowling alley, a monumental healthcare complex, and a premier college preparatory school.
Avalon Alley’s Duckpin Bowling Lanes – Houston, TX – 1939
Not even ten years into business, Linbeck was tasked with capturing a lofty vision proposed by St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston: build a “school of exacting standards” that would promote academic excellence, leadership, and morals. Linbeck rose to the challenge, fulfilling the church’s proposal and executing what is now a distinguished college preparatory school.
As expressed in The Houston Chronicle’s Sunday paper, the Hiram A. Salisbury-designed campus was completed in a series of builds before opening in 1947. However, while the structure was under construction, the school already had 300 students enrolled. To accommodate the student population, St. John’s split its campus across three areas: portions of the completed school, an adjacent St. John the Divine building, and the nearby St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.⁷