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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...

Hook and Sawyer (1898-1905)

The firm of Hook and Sawyer was the first of three architectural partnerships formed by architect C. C. Hook. The firm, established by Hook and New Yorker Frank McMurray Sawyer, operated from 1898 to 1905 and reported 103 projects to the Manufacturers' Record. In 1902 the pair published Some Designs of Hook & Sawyer...

Hook, Charles Christian (1870-1938)

One of the first leaders in the state's early 20th century architectural profession, Charles Christian Hook (February 18, 1870 - September 17, 1938) moved to Charlotte as a young man in 1890 and practiced in the "Queen City" for the rest of his long career. He was Charlotte's first fulltime professional architect, and one...

Lemly, Samuel (ca. 1790-1848)

Samuel Lemly (ca. 1790-1848) was a master carpenter, contractor, and planter in Rowan County, North Carolina who was responsible for several building projects in the western piedmont including a major bridge over the South Yadkin River (1825) and the first eight buildings at Davidson College (1836-1838). His career as a master builder in North...

McMichael, James M. (1870-1944)

James M. McMichael (December 14, 1870-October 3, 1944), a prolific early twentieth century architect headquartered in Charlotte, became known as one of the principal church architects in the state and is best known for his domed, classically detailed, auditorium plan churches for Baptist and other Protestant congregations. He also planned other building types including...

Peeps, William H. (1868-1950)

William H. Peeps (March 3, 1868-September 10, 1950), an English-born architect, was a key figure in Charlotte's early 20th-century development into a regional business hub and center of architectural activity. Working in a variety of styles and with an elegant and restrained touch, Peeps designed some of the city's finest downtown buildings as well...

Sayre, Christopher Gadsden (1876-1933)

Christopher Gadsden Sayre (November 21, 1876-October 12, 1933) was a South Carolina architect who had extensive work across North Carolina for many years, in partnership with James J. Baldwin and on his own. Although his practice encompassed many types of buildings, he was best known for his public school designs, which included some of...

Upjohn, Hobart Brown (1876-1949)

Hobart Brown Upjohn (1876-1949) was a New York architect who gave North Carolina an extraordinary number of church and educational buildings, nearly 50 in all, and over 40 during the 1920s alone. He was an eclectic architect. This is to say he worked in a variety of historic styles, and sometimes in a mixture...

Wheeler, Oliver Duke (1864-1942)

Oliver Duke Wheeler (May 21, 1864-October 27, 1942), was an architect who with his sequence of partners and associates—Luke Hayden, Louis E. Schwend, James M. McMichael, Neil Runge, D. Anderson Dickey, and others—had a long career in North Carolina and one of the state's most prolific practices of the day. Headquartered in Charlotte from...

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