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Boney, Leslie N., Sr. (1880-1964)

Leslie Norwood Boney, Sr. (October 29, 1880-September 18, 1964), was a highly prolific Wilmington architect whose practice covered a wide range of building types but concentrated on educational facilities including some 1,000 educational buildings and additions. Although much of his work was in eastern North Carolina, his designs appeared in 51 of the state's...

Bonitz, Henry E. (1872-1921)

Henry Emil Bonitz (1872-1921), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, of German parentage, established an extraordinarily prolific practice as an architect in Wilmington, with scores of projects in the port city and its environs, and many more in other towns and counties in North Carolina. Henry Bonitz was a son of John Henry William Bonitz and...

Davis, Alexander Jackson (1803-1892)

Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), a leading American architect of the antebellum period, had an important series of commissions in North Carolina that were significant both in the development of the state and Davis's national practice. The monumental North Carolina State Capitol (1833-1840) was designed by the firm of Town and Davis, but his subsequent...

Hawks, John (ca. 1731-1790)

John Hawks (ca. 1731-October 31, 1790), the English-trained architect and builder of Tryon Palace in New Bern, was the first professionally trained architect in North Carolina and one of the first in the American colonies. According to a 1765 letter from Gov. William Tryon, Hawks arrived in New Bern with Tryon in 1764 and...

Nichols, William (1780-1853)

William Nichols (1780-December 12, 1853), an English-born house carpenter, architect, and engineer, worked in North Carolina from 1800 until 1827, during which time he planned and built some of the state's finest and most advanced buildings. The first resident architect in North Carolina since John Hawks, he was also the first North Carolina architect...

Rose, William P. (1870-1952)

William Preston Rose (1870-1952), architect and contractor, designed and constructed many buildings large and small in eastern and central North Carolina. A native of Johnston County, he typified the fluidity of the building professions during his long career. He began as a carpenter, then emerged as a self-taught architect in the late 1890s. About...

Simpson, Herbert Woodley (1870-1945)

Herbert Woodley Simpson (January 19, 1870-October 21, 1945) was a New Bern-born architect who practiced extensively in that city and elsewhere in eastern North Carolina. From the 1890s through the 1920s, he designed most of New Bern's principal edifices, and many others in the region. He was among the first generation of native-born, resident...

Sloan, Samuel (1815-1884)

Samuel Sloan (March 7, 1815-July 19, 1884), a prolific and influential Philadelphia architect, designed several important buildings in North Carolina, including some of the largest state-sponsored projects in the post-Civil War period. One of the very few nationally important architects who worked in North Carolina in the immediate postwar years, he took on projects...

Wilburn, Leila Ross (1885-1967)

Leila Ross Wilburn (1885-1967), an architect who practiced in Atlanta, is widely known as one of the few female architects in the South in the early 20th century and has been described as "the only woman known to have published plan books for contractors and house builders." As scholars including Susan Hunter Smith, Jan...

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