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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Bonniwell, Norma N. (1877-1961)

Thomas B. Finley House [North Wilkesboro]

Norma N.Bonniwell (1877-1961) or Norma Bonniwell King, her married name, was among the very few women in 19th century or early 20th century North Carolina identified as an architect. She was the daughter of George C.Bonniwell, a manufacturer, builder, and architect who trained three of his children--Norma, Josephine, and James Gaither--in his business. Norma was identified as an architect from a remarkably young age. Although she evidently worked with her father in Bonniwell andDaughter, Norma had her own identity as an "architect" and had clients in several towns in the western Piedmont and foothills. The first such reference...

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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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