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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...

Corbin, John T. (1871 or 1873-1955)

John T. Corbin (April 3, 1871 or 1873-June 12, 1955), an expert stonecutter and tile worker, practiced his trade in Asheville for many years, and helped to construct several landmark buildings. A native of North Carolina and probably the son of Jackson County farmer Lemuel Corbin and his wife Barcela, John was a man...


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