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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...

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...

Beacham and LeGrand (1921-1940)

James Douthit Beacham (1891-1956) and Leon LeGrand (1894-1963) of South Carolina formed an architectural partnership in Greenville, South Carolina in 1921 which continued through 1940. Although much of their work was in South Carolina, they also took commissions in Asheville and elsewhere in western North Carolina and had a brief partnership with architect Henry...

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...

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...

Carrier, Albert Heath (1878-1961)

Albert Heath Carrier (1878-1961), developer, inventor, and lumberman, was an architect in Asheville whose architectural career was devoted almost entirely to his partnership with Richard Sharp Smith in the firm of Smith and Carrier from 1906 to 1924. This firm, together with Smith's initial independent practice that began ca. 1896, designed roughly 700 projects...

Clayton, Ephraim (1804-1892)

Ephraim Clayton (1804-August 9, 1892), a carpenter and builder from a prominent pioneering family in the area, developed a large contracting business that was among the most important in western North Carolina and also extended into neighboring states. His works included many of the most stylish and substantial buildings of their day in a...

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...

Cram, Ralph Adams (1863-1942)

Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942), FAIA, was a leading architect in New York and Boston best known for his Gothic Revival style churches in those cities and elsewhere in the nation. Two of his firms, Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson, and Cram and Ferguson, planned buildings in North Carolina in the early 20th century, five of...

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