North Carolina Architects and Builders - A Biographical Dictionary

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Bean, Samuel Isaac (1867-1947)

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...

Lynn, Robert Franklin (1867-1951)

Robert Franklin Lynn (September 20, 1867- July 21, 1951) of Cabarrus County, N. C. was one of many African American men who specialized in masonry work, and like some others including Oliver Nestus Freeman (1882-1955) crafted distinctive stonework that enriched the architectural character of their communities. His best-known work is the small, Gothic Revival-style...

Murdoch, William (1811-1893)

William Murdoch (1811-1893), stonemason, contractor, and bridge builder, was one of a group of Scots-born stonemasons and stonecutters who came to North Carolina in the 1830s to work on the North Carolina State Capitol and later developed respected careers in the state, achieving prominence in their adopted communities. Murdoch's career as a stonemason and...

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