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.

Bean, Samuel Isaac (1867-1947)

Central Methodist Episcopal Church [Asheville]

Samuel I. Bean (Dec. 11, 1867-Sept. 7, 1947), a highly skilled stonecutter and stonemason, was one of the men who came to Asheville to help construct the Biltmore Estate who decided to stay in the growing mountain community (see Richard Sharp Smith, Rafael Guastavino) and contributed greatly to its architectural character. According to his obituary, Bean was a native of Knoxville who as a child after the Civil War "went with his family in a covered wagon to Newton, Kan., to take up government land." He grew up there and married "a Newton girl," returned to Knoxville, and...

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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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