Mr. Goodhue was born on April 28, 1869, in Pomfret, Connecticut.
He received his architectural training in New York, and came to San Diego in January of 1911.
The committee for the Panama-California Exposition of 1915-16 choose him as the Master Architect for the Exposition.
His interest in architecture has prompted him to take trips to Mexico and Persia where he had fallen in love with the Spanish-Colonial architecture and with the Moorish Gardens of Persia.
He also helped popularize the Gothic design and revolutionized the ecclesiastical architecture (designs for churches).
When he created plans for the buildings in Balboa Park for the Exposition, he revitalized the Spanish Colonial architecture by using the Spanish Churrigueresque style, (an exuberantly ornamental phase of Spanish architectural decoration). His designs for the Spanish-Moorish gardens and patios left his heritage on Balboa Park for the Exposition and to this present day.
Goodhue’s architectural diversity earned him such adjectives as “daring”, and “romantic” and “innovative”.
Later in his life he gravitated toward the more simple classical designs, for which he was regarded as an American modernist.
Mr. Goodhue died on April 23, 1924 his survivors included his wife Lydia and one son.