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Biberstein, Richard C. (1859-1931)

Richard C. Biberstein (1859-1931), an engineer and mill architect from Texas who settled in Charlotte in 1887, was one of the most prolific designers of textile mills in North Carolina and the South. The full extent of his work and the status of his buildings have not yet been determined. Extensive records of his...

Briggs, John D. (1856-1934)

John D. Briggs (April 5, 1856-June 23, 1934), member of a Raleigh family long active in construction, was a contractor, architect, and engineer responsible for many industrial buildings including several American Tobacco Company and Liggett and Myers warehouses in Durham. He was one of six sons of Thomas H. Briggs, Sr., the respected and...

Cramer, Stuart W. (1868-1940)

Engineer, inventor, author, and organizer, Stuart W. Cramer (March 31, 1868-July 2, 1940) was a man of many talents. Responsible for planning nearly 150 cotton mills from Virginia to Texas, he was also agent or southern manager for numbers of large manufacturers of textile machinery and equipment for various facilities including power plants. He...

Graves, Jacob (ca. 1808-1856)

Jacob Graves (ca. 1808-1856) was an architect in Columbia, South Carolina, who planned at least two major antebellum college buildings in western North Carolina--Davenport College in Lenoir and Concord Female College (Mitchell College) in Statesville, during a period when many small denominational colleges were erecting large and stylish main buildings. Little is known of Graves's...

Lockwood, Greene, and Company (est. 1882)

Lockwood, Greene, and Company (est. 1882), one of the major engineering firms in the eastern United States from the late 19th century through the 20th century, was a New England-based firm that planned many mills and other plants in the New South, including in North Carolina the immense Loray Mills in Gastonia, a project...

McKibbin, G. W. (1860-1927)

G. W. McKibbin (November 21, 1860- August 6, 1927), a peripatetic and somewhat elusive architect and engineer who worked in Asheville and Atlanta, played his most important role in North Carolina architecture as the architect-engineer of the famed Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The design of the inn has been generally attributed solely to...

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...

Reynolds, Frank W. (1868-1951)

Frank W. Reynolds (1868-1951), a mill designer and engineer born and raised in Rhode Island, worked throughout his long life for the large engineering and architectural firm of Lockwood, Greene, and Company. The firm employed many men, and Reynolds was involved in many roles and in many projects. Most notable for North Carolina is...

Sirrine, Joseph Emory (1872-1947)

Joseph Emory Sirrine (December 9, 1872-1947) was a Greenville, South Carolina, industrial architect and engineer who in 1921 established J. E. Sirrine and Company, a large firm of national reputation. He and his firm worked extensively in North Carolina, planning and building textile mills and other facilities during the state's dramatic early 20th century...

Town, Ithiel (1784-1844)

Ithiel Town (October 3, 1784-June 12 or 13, 1844) was a Connecticut-born architect and engineer who became one of the pre-eminent architects and engineers of the United States during the first half of the 19th century. In North Carolina, he planned three important early bridges at the time that he was developing his famous...

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