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Albert and Osborne (fl. 1820s-1850s)

Albert (fl. 1820s, 1830s, 1840s), and Osborne (fl. 1840s, 1850s), brothers, were enslaved bricklayers and plasterers of notable skill. The two men belonged to the prolific brick builder Dabney Cosby, and their high quality work, especially in the plastering technique called "roughcasting," was an important component of Cosby's building business. Cosby worked extensively in...

Alexander, S. Grant (1875-1953)

Scots-born architect S. (Samuel) Grant Alexander (January 22, 1875-January 21, 1953), came to Asheville from Scotland for his health in 1923, opened his architectural firm in that city in 1924 and practiced there until his death. He had received his education and training in his native Scotland and worked there for several years in...

Allen, Charles P. (ca. 1820-1852)

Charles P. Allen (1818-1852) was a house carpenter active in Granville County and nearby counties during the late antebellum period, when planters were prospering from the production of bright leaf tobacco in the area. He represents the many rural carpenters whose small workshops constructed many of the region's modest buildings. The survival of a...

Allen, John (fl. 1780s-1790s)

John Allen (fl. 1780s-1790s), builder, was cited as "Mr. Allen of the Town of Wilmington" when he was one of several men who bid on construction of the State House in Raleigh in June, 1792. He was evidently a builder of some stature and skill. Although Rhodham Atkins won the State House project, the...

Andrews, W. S. (fl. 1850s)

W. S. Andrews (fl.1850s), architect, from Columbus, Ohio, appeared briefly during the antebellum railroad growth era in the North Carolina Piedmont. He advertised in the Greensboro Patriot of September 17, 1858, that he was "prepared to furnish plans and drawings for Public Buildings, Villas, Cottages, etc." In his advertisement, he cited as references such...

Appleget, George S. H. (1831-1880)

George S. H. Appleget (1831-January 12, 1880), architect and contractor in the immediate post-Civil War era, was a native of New Jersey who worked in Philadelphia and New York before coming to North Carolina in 1869. In 1860, he was listed as a master carpenter, aged 28, in Hightstown, New Jersey, with a family...

Armfield, G. Will (1849-1927)

G. Will (George Williamson) Armfield (1849-1927) was a Greensboro architect and contractor in the early 20th century, who had spent his younger years as a merchant before embarking on a new career in construction about 1900. Although there are numerous contemporary references to his building projects, especially residences, only a few of his works...

Artis, Elvin (1820-1886)

Elvin Artis (1820-Jun 7, 1886), a free carpenter man of color, was evidently the "E. Artis" who was the contractor for erecting the Bellamy Mansion (1859-1861) in Wilmington, North Carolina for Dr. and Mrs. John D. Bellamy. The architects were James F. Post and his assistant architect, Rufus Bunnell. Most of the construction of the...

Asbury, Louis H. (1877-1975)

Louis H. (Humbert) Asbury, Sr. (October 15, 1877-March 19, 1975), a leading Charlotte architect, was the first professionally trained, fulltime architect in North Carolina who was born and practiced in the state. (See also Gaston Alonzo Edwards.) Asbury established a long-lived and prolific practice in Charlotte, with projects across much of the state, especially...

Atkins, Rhodham (d. 1802)

Rhodham Atkins (d. January 18, 1802), carpenter, is best known as builder of the State House (1792-1795) in Raleigh. A native of Massachusetts, he was in Wake County, North Carolina by 1790 when he apprenticed Ephraim Rogers to the house carpenter's and joiner's trade. He acquired land in Wake and Franklin counties and owned...

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