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.

Hawks, John (ca. 1731-1790)

Tryon Palace (Reconstruction, 1950s) [New Bern]

John Hawks (ca. 1731-October 31, 1790), the English-trained architect and builder of Tryon Palace in New Bern, was the first professionally trained architect in North Carolina and one of the first in the American colonies. According to a 1765 letter from Gov. William Tryon, Hawks arrived in New Bern with Tryon in 1764 and was "the Master Builder I took over with me from England, and who is a very able Worthy Man." In 1767, with the palace begun, Tryon reiterated that Hawks "came with Me out of England to superintend this Work in All its Branches. He...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

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