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Berry, John (1798-1870)

John Berry (August 18, 1798-January 11, 1870) was a Hillsborough brickmason who became one of the most respected builders in the antebellum Piedmont. Berry was one of the first native North Carolina artisans to establish a large, long-lasting, and supra-local practice. Although his work concentrated in his native Orange County, he began early in...

Cox, Robert (fl. 1830s-1850s)

Robert Cox (fl. 1830s-1850s), a brickmason active in the western Piedmont communities of Lexington and Salisbury, is known to have constructed two substantial brick buildings in Salisbury, and he likely erected several others. He is one of the few brickmasons of his time and locale for whom any surviving work is known. In 1839, 1840...

Hancock, Samuel (1784-1848)

Samuel Hancock (1784-April 11, 1848), a brickmason and brickmaker in Hillsborough during the early 19th century, served as mentor to Hillsborough's distinguished brick builder John Berry and worked with Berry for several years. The Hancock name first appears in Orange County records in the 1780s. Samuel Hancock, whose father may have been Henry Hancock, could...

Smith, William W. (1862-1937)

William W. Smith (1862-May 23, 1937) was a black brickmason and contractor who played a vital role in "Charlotte's Negro business renaissance" of the early 20th century and is regarded as Charlotte's first black architect. His known works concentrated in Charlotte's black business and cultural center on South Brevard Street and at the A...

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