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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...

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...

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 and Weeks

Atwood and Weeks was a prolific architectural firm established by engineer Thomas C. Atwood and architect H. Raymond Weeks in 1931, following the 1930 retirement of Atwood's former partner Arthur C. Nash. Weeks had worked for the firm of Atwood and Nash for several years before Nash's retirement, including projects for the University of North Carolina at...

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...

Bacon, Henry (1866-1924)

Henry Bacon, Jr. (Nov. 28, 1866-Feb. 16, 1924), best known as the architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., spent much of his youth in Wilmington, North Carolina, and he designed some notable buildings in the state as a result. The friendships he made in Wilmington as a youth led to several...

Badham Family (fl. 1850s-1930s)

The Badham family of carpenters, among the most prominent builders in late 19th century Edenton, included at least three generations: Miles Badham I (ca. 1811-1870s), his son Hannibal Badham, Sr. (1845-1918), and Hannibal's sons Hannibal Badham, Jr. (1879-1941), and Miles Badham II (1877-1925). Their lives and work were researched and discussed by Thomas R...

Bain, William Carter (1839-1920)

William Carter Bain (January 8, 1839- July 8, 1920) was a prolific and adaptable contractor who epitomized the energetic entrepreneurship of the post-Civil War well into the 20th century. Bain began as a small-town artisan, served in the Confederate army, and became a regional builder and manufacturer. Adapting successfully to changing times during a...

Baldwin, James J. (1888-1955)

James J. (John) Baldwin (February 27, 1888-September 15, 1955), an architect from South Carolina, was one of several architects drawn to the fast-growing mountain city of Asheville during the flush years of the 1920s. Early in his career he worked with several prominent architects in South Carolina and elsewhere, and after his stint in...

Barber, George F. (1854-1915)

George F. (Franklin) Barber (1854-1915), a Midwestern carpenter, architect, and publisher, practiced architecture in Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1888 to his death in 1915 and became one of the most successful architects in the United States, largely through a mail order blueprint business driven by published architectural catalogues and a monthly magazine. Barber's architecture has...

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