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.

Guastavino, Rafael, Sr. (1842-1908)

Basilica of St. Lawrence [Asheville]

Rafael Guastavino y Moreno (1842-1908), architect and master builder, was born in Valencia, Spain and died at his residence in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He was known for improving an ancient form of masonry construction and introducing it to the United States, where it was used by leading architects in many significant buildings, particularly in the Northeast. The construction firm he started in 1889, the Guastavino Fire Proof Construction Company, continued in business until 1962, installing its specialized type of work in perhaps a thousand buildings in the United States. The company also built in Canada, Cuba, India...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

Notable Quotes

"Too often in the writing of the growth and prosperity of a city, the men who do the practical work, the ones who use hands as well as brains, are neglected, the owner and the architect receiving all the credit. This should not be the case, the credit should be shared fairly and equally by those to whom it belongs."

Wilmington Morning Herald, June 10, 1913

Schad, Joseph (ca. 1865-after 1920)

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