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Allen, Jacob S. (ca. 1839-1909)

Jacob S. Allen (ca. 1839-1909), a builder in Raleigh and Wilmington during the late 19th century, was associated with several firms including Betts and Allen, and Ellington, Royster, and Company, as well as working on his own as Jacob S. Allen and Company. The saga of his various partnerships and businesses illustrates the fluidity...

Atwood and Nash

Atwood and Nash was a prolific engineering and architectural firm established in 1923 by engineer Thomas C. Atwood and architect Arthur C. Nash. Most of the firm's work was in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, but the partners also planned buildings in Wilmington, Asheville, and elsewhere. With differing backgrounds—Atwood in engineering and management, Nash...

Atwood, Thomas C. (1874-1943)

Thomas C. Atwood (December 5, 1874-February 2, 1943) was an engineer and architect from Massachusetts who became a leader in North Carolina's construction industry in the early twentieth century, first as head of the T. C. Atwood Organization in charge of the major expansion of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and...

Boney, Leslie N., Sr. (1880-1964)

Leslie Norwood Boney, Sr. (October 29, 1880-September 18, 1964), was a highly prolific Wilmington architect whose practice covered a wide range of building types but concentrated on educational facilities including some 1,000 educational buildings and additions. Although much of his work was in eastern North Carolina, his designs appeared in 51 of the state's...

Bonitz, Henry E. (1872-1921)

Henry Emil Bonitz (1872-1921), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, of German parentage, established an extraordinarily prolific practice as an architect in Wilmington, with scores of projects in the port city and its environs, and many more in other towns and counties in North Carolina. Henry Bonitz was a son of John Henry William Bonitz and...

Foulk, S. W. (1848-1932)

Sidney W. Foulk (1848-1932), often referred to as S. W. Foulk, was a native of Ohio who spent most of his career in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He developed an architectural practice that specialized in schools, churches, and YMCA facilities and reached into several states. He generally favored a robust Romanesque Revival style. In North...

Gause, James F., Jr. (1885-1922)

James F. (Franklyn) Gause, Jr. (June 15, 1885-June 2, 1922) was a prominent architect in his native city of Wilmington during the early 20th century. On his own and during a brief partnership with James B. Lynch, he designed a range of building types including public edifices, churches, schools, and residences in the popular...

Getaz, David (1849-1912)

David Getaz (November 22, 1849-September 19, 1912), a native of France with a Swiss background, became a prolific architect and builder headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. His contracting firm took on projects in various states, including buildings in North Carolina: the Masonic Temple in Wilmington and Eureka Hall at the Blue Ridge Assembly campus near...

Hartmann, Charles C. (1889-1977)

Charles Conrad Hartmann (1889-December 31, 1977), architect, moved from New York to Greensboro in 1921 to design the Jefferson Standard Building and established a prolific and long-lasting practice. In the mid-1940s he formed the practice of Charles C. Hartmann, Architects, with his son Charles C. Hartmann, Jr., a firm herein referred to as Hartmann...

Howe Family (fl. 1850s-1900s)

The Howe Family of Wilmington, North Carolina, encompassed at least four generations of men of color active in the city's building trades. As traced in Strength Through Struggle, they included Anthony Howe (d. 1837) and his sons Anthony (ca. 1807-after 1870), Pompey (d. by 1869), and Alfred Augustus (1817-1892); Anthony's sons Anthony Jr. (dates...

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