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.

McInerney, Michael (1877-1963)

Stowe Hall (second from right), St. Leo Hall (right) [Belmont]

Michael Joseph Vincent McInerney (March 18, 1877-March 3, 1963), architect and designer, was a Benedictine monk and Roman Catholic priest at Belmont Abbey in Gaston County, North Carolina. Beginning with his design for St. Leo Hall (1906) at the Abbey, he developed a nationally important architectural practice that encompassed scores of Catholic churches, schools, hospitals, and other structures. In North Carolina, in addition to his work in Belmont, he planned religious buildings in communities from Asheville to Kinston. Typically built of brick, sometimes in local stone, they combine architectural distinction with the modest size and simple forms suited...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

Notable Quotes

"You know, they say around that I walked to Charlotte barefooted. Well, that's a lie. I had shoes on."

Jones, J. A. (1869-1950)

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