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.

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Leitner, Joseph F. (1871-1930)

Goldsboro Union Station [Goldsboro]

Joseph F. Leitner (June 13, 1871-June 2, 1930) was a mobile and prolific architect who began his career in Georgia, then worked in South and North Carolina, returned to Georgia, and ended his days in Florida. During a highly productive decade in Wilmington, North Carolina, first with his partner William J. Wilkins and then alone Leitner designed many substantial commercial buildings, residences, schools, industrial buildings, and railroad structures. Especially well known as a railroad architect, he served from 1909 through 1912 as official architect of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company, for which he designed buildings in Wilmington...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

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"When you are young you want the permissive client. When you are older, you want complexity. It forces you back on your originality."

Harris, Harwell Hamilton (1903-1990)

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