Lawrence A. Menefee Jr., 71, architect

November 16, 2005

Lawrence Ashton Menefee Jr., a retired Baltimore architect who designed multi-unit residential projects as well as churches and private homes, died of vascular dementia Saturday at Brightwood Center in Lutherville. The Hampden resident was 71.

Mr. Menefee was born and raised in Baltimore, the son of an architect. He was a 1952 graduate of St. Paul's School and earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Virginia in 1958.

He began his career working for a Wilkes-Barre, Pa., architect and returned to Baltimore in 1961, when he joined the architectural firm of Smith & Veale.

In 1964, he joined his father's firm, Menefee & Associates. He became president of the company -- later Lawrence A. Menefee Architects Inc. -- located for nearly 40 years in the 2500 block N. Calvert St.

Mr. Menefee's projects included Canton Square, Redwood Towers, Oliver Townhomes and Penn-North Plaza.

"Much of his work focused on affordable group housing and federally subsidized housing for the elderly and the disabled," said a daughter-in-law, Angelica Menefee of Towson.

After closing his firm in the late 1990s, Mr. Menefee worked for Probst-Mason Architects and later as a staff architectural consultant for A&R Development of Baltimore until retiring in 2002.

Mr. Menefee enjoyed attending the opera, traveling and collecting vintage automobiles. He was a past president of the Charles Village Association.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Surviving are three sons, Daniel Colston Menefee of Chestertown, Lawrence Ashton Menefee III of Towson and Gregory Jennings Menefee of Baltimore; a daughter, Lynne Helen Menefee of Baltimore; a sister, Peggy Henning of Princeton, N.J.; and five grandchildren. His two marriages ended in divorce.

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