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.

Welcome, Joe (ca. 1774-1859)

Hayes Plantation House [Edenton]

Joe Welcome (ca. 1774-1859), was a multi-skilled enslaved artisan who worked as a bricklayer, stonemason, and plasterer on major building projects in Edenton and neighboring areas. He belonged to the wealthy merchant and planter Josiah Collins, who hired him out to practice his trade, and he evidently operated with considerable autonomy at various jobs. Like Dave Dickinson, another Edenton bricklayer and plasterer of the period, he worked for a planter-merchant elite who kept detailed records and generally cited him by his full name, thus providing unusually full documentation for his activities. Joe Welcome worked upon occasion with a man...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

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"I feel that, being a woman, I know just the little things that should go in a house to make living in it a pleasure to the entire family."

Wilburn, Leila Ross (1885-1967)

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