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.

Marye, P. Thornton (1872-1935)

State Administration Building (Ruffin Building) [Raleigh]

Philip Thornton Marye (1872-1935), architect, developed a practice in Atlanta that reached across the South and included several notable Beaux Arts and Art Deco style buildings in North Carolina. During the early twentieth century, he planned a series of fine Beaux-Arts style buildings in Raleigh including a trio of elegant banks, which together gave downtown Raleigh new panache. Because most of these works have been lost, Marye's contribution to the city's early 20th century character is not widely recognized. His best known surviving work is the State Administration Building (Ruffin Building), which exemplifies his subtle handling of neoclassical...

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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."


Triebel, Christian (1714-1798)

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