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.

Dick, Thomas (fl. 1760s)

St. Philip's Church [Brunswick]

Thomas Dick (fl. 1760s), carpenter, is the only builder identified as having worked in Brunswick, the prominent but short-lived colonial port on the Cape Fear River. In 1762 he was mentioned as a carpenter "who wrought at his excellency the Governor's" a large two-story house with broad piazzas—evidently Governor Arthur Dobbs's house, Russellborough, which was later inhabited and described by Governor William Tryon. In 1762 Dick undertook completion of the roof of St. Philip's Church, the imposing brick church now preserved as a ruin at Brunswick Town State Historic Site. Thomas Dick was listed in tax records in...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

Notable Quotes

"In raising the Single Brothers house in Salem, a piece of timber fell, taking with it a wall which was not yet secured; it might have swept a number of Brethren from the second story to the ground, or have crushed others as it fell, but the angels guarded them and no one was hurt."

1769

Triebel, Christian (1714-1798)

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