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.

Edwards, Gaston Alonzo (1875-1943)

Leonard Medical School Hospital [Raleigh]

Gaston Alonzo Edwards (April 12, 1875-1943), architect, taught at Shaw University in Raleigh and designed some of its buildings as well as others in Raleigh and elsewhere. He was the first black architect licensed in North Carolina and the only registered black architect in the state for many years. Along with Louis H. Asbury of Charlotte, Edwards was among the first professionally trained architects who was born and practiced in North Carolina. According to his granddaughter and biographer, Hazel Edwards, who traced his career from family documents and recollections and additional research, Gaston Alonzo Edwards was born in Chatham...

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Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Matthew Nowicki, architect

Notable Quotes

"In raising the Single Brothers house in Salem, a piece of timber fell, taking with it a wall which was not yet secured; it might have swept a number of Brethren from the second story to the ground, or have crushed others as it fell, but the angels guarded them and no one was hurt."


Triebel, Christian (1714-1798)

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