North Carolina Architects and Builders - A Biographical Dictionary

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North Carolina Architects & Builders

This biographical dictionary highlights architects and builders who have produced North Carolina's architecture for more than 300 years. A brief biography plus a building list traces each person's work in the state. This is a growing website, with many more entries still to be added. We invite users to send corrections and updated information to enhance the site.

Bonitz, Henry E. (1872-1921)

Henry E. Bonitz Office [Wilmington]

Henry Emil Bonitz (1872-1921), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, of German parentage, established an extraordinarily prolific practice as an architect in Wilmington, with scores of projects in the port city and its environs, and many more in other towns and counties in North Carolina. Henry Bonitz was a son of John Henry William Bonitz and Marie (Mary) Elise Stegner Bonitz. John, a native of Hannover, Germany, had immigrated to the United States about 1855 with his two brothers Henry and Julius. John worked briefly in Baltimore and then in Washington DC before moving to Goldsboro in 1859. In 1862...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

Notable Quotes

"Mr. Guastavino began laying these tile exactly as if he were shingling an imaginary dome in space, only using cement for nails. Beginning at the bottom course, the first six or seven thicknesses of tile were laid one over the other braking joints, in a special cement of plaster of paris. The next course, laid in Portland cement, was held in place by overlapping the tile below. The process was repeated until the great dome was finished without the aid of girdlers [sic] or supporting scaffolds."

Guastavino, Rafael, Sr. (1842-1908)

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