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.

Austin, Henry R. (ca. 1808-1872)

Davie County Jail [Mocksville]

Henry R. Austin (ca. 1808-1872), a builder and cabinetmaker in the part of Rowan County that became Davie County, is one of the few artisans linked with the substantial antebellum buildings of the western Piedmont. In 1833 he advertised in the Salisbury Western Carolinian that he wished to "employ in the cabinet-making business, two or three workmen of steady and industrious habits and good character," requesting applicants to call on him in Mocksville. By 1850 he employed two hands and produced forty-five pieces of furniture a year, valued at $717. His is likely the name inscribed on the...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

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Wilburn, Leila Ross (1885-1967)

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