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Cape Fear Building Company (ca. 1869-1875)

The Cape Fear Building Company (sometimes known as the Abbott Building Company) was established in Wilmington shortly after the Civil War by Union veterans Joseph Carter Abbott (July 15, 1825-October 8, 1881), a "carpetbagger" from New Hampshire and Alexander Strausz (1829-1905), a Hungarian-born engineer, entrepreneur, and self-described architect, along with other associates. Amid the...

Price Family (fl. 1830s-1890s)

George W. Price, Sr., (ca. 1810- September 11, 1882) and George W. Price, Jr., (ca. 1843-October 22, 1901) were leading ornamental plasterers in Wilmington, North Carolina. They learned their trade as enslaved artisans and accomplished the finish work on some of the city's principal antebellum buildings, including the City Hall-Thalian Hall and the Bellamy...

Taylor, Henry (1823-1891)

Henry Taylor (1823-1891), born a slave, was a prominent carpenter and citizen in Wilmington during the mid and late 19th century. Although few specific projects have been attributed to him, Taylor family tradition associates him with the construction of the immense Bellamy Mansion. He is best known as the father of Tuskegee architect Robert...

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