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Abbott, Israel Braddock (1843-1887)

Israel Braddock Abbott (May 11, 1843-1887), a freeborn black house carpenter in New Bern, took an active role in local and state politics soon the Civil War, serving as a state legislator and running for the United States Congress in a crucial election. Like many people of color in the mid-19th century, some of Israel...

Albright, John (fl. 1810s-1820s)

John Albright (fl. 1810s-1820s), carpenter and joiner, was among the first builders to appear regularly in Rowan and Davidson counties' apprentice bonds and other records. These documented references coincide with the decades from which far more buildings survive than from earlier years. Albright was probably of German background, for the name Albrecht as well...

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...

Allen, Jacob S. (ca. 1839-1909)

Jacob S. Allen (ca. 1839-1909), a builder in Raleigh and Wilmington during the late 19th century, was associated with several firms including Betts and Allen, and Ellington, Royster, and Company, as well as working on his own as Jacob S. Allen and Company. The saga of his various partnerships and businesses illustrates the fluidity...

Allen, John (fl. 1780s-1790s)

John Allen (fl. 1780s-1790s), builder, was cited as "Mr. Allen of the Town of Wilmington" when he was one of several men who bid on construction of the State House in Raleigh in June, 1792. He was evidently a builder of some stature and skill. Although Rhodham Atkins won the State House project, the...

Andrews, W. S. (fl. 1850s)

W. S. Andrews (fl.1850s), architect, from Columbus, Ohio, appeared briefly during the antebellum railroad growth era in the North Carolina Piedmont. He advertised in the Greensboro Patriot of September 17, 1858, that he was "prepared to furnish plans and drawings for Public Buildings, Villas, Cottages, etc." In his advertisement, he cited as references such...

Appleget, George S. H. (1831-1880)

George S. H. Appleget (1831-January 12, 1880), architect and contractor in the immediate post-Civil War era, was a native of New Jersey who worked in Philadelphia and New York before coming to North Carolina in 1869. In 1860, he was listed as a master carpenter, aged 28, in Hightstown, New Jersey, with a family...

Artis, Elvin (1820-1886)

Elvin Artis (1820-Jun 7, 1886), a free carpenter man of color, was evidently the "E. Artis" who was the contractor for erecting the Bellamy Mansion (1859-1861) in Wilmington, North Carolina for Dr. and Mrs. John D. Bellamy. The architects were James F. Post and his assistant architect, Rufus Bunnell. Most of the construction of the...

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...

Ashley and Dudley (fl. 1850s)

Ashley and Dudley, a partnership formed by carpenters William D. Ashley (1827-1860) and George A. Dudley, was a prominent if short-lived building firm in the North Carolina Piedmont. They were among the artisans who capitalized on the flurry of substantial and stylish building projects that embodied the state's "Spirit of Improvement" of the 1850s...

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