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Hartmann and Hartmann (1946 -1960s)

The firm formally known as Charles Hartmann, Architects, was formed about 1946 by the established Greensboro architect Charles C. Hartmann and his son, Charles Conrad Hartmann, Jr. The elder Hartmann had moved from New York to Greensboro in the early 1920s and established a successful practice. His son worked with him for a time...

Hartmann, Charles C. (1889-1977)

Charles Conrad Hartmann (1889-December 31, 1977), architect, moved from New York to Greensboro in 1921 to design the Jefferson Standard Building and established a prolific and long-lasting practice. In the mid-1940s he formed the practice of Charles C. Hartmann, Architects, with his son Charles C. Hartmann, Jr., a firm herein referred to as Hartmann...

Hayden, Wheeler, and Schwend (1899-1900)

The architectural firm was formed in 1899 in Charlotte when Oliver Duke Wheeler and Luke Hayden of Hayden and Wheeler took Louis E. Schwend as partner. Schwend died in November 1900. This was one of a series of partnerships formed by Wheeler. For the firm's operation and selected building list, see the entries for...

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...

Howe Family (fl. 1850s-1900s)

The Howe Family of Wilmington, North Carolina, encompassed at least four generations of men of color active in the city's building trades. As traced in Strength Through Struggle, they included Anthony Howe (d. 1837) and his sons Anthony (ca. 1807-after 1870), Pompey (d. by 1869), and Alfred Augustus (1817-1892); Anthony's sons Anthony Jr. (dates...

Hunt, Reuben H. (1862-1938)

Among the most prolific architects in the country, Reuben H. Hunt (1862-May 27, 1938) designed hundreds of religious, educational, and commercial buildings in every state from Virginia to Texas. Although his home office was in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hunt had satellite offices in Jackson, Mississippi and Dallas, Texas. He was especially known for his designs...

Ittner, Nicholas (1849-1924)

Nicholas Ittner (March 18, 1849-October 3, 1924) was a building contractor based in Atlanta who erected several buildings in North Carolina during a short but busy period around the turn of the twentieth century. He worked in Atlanta for some forty years and practiced throughout the Southeast, including construction of a theater in Columbia...

J. W. Cates and Brothers (1880s-1910s)

J. W. Cates and Brothers was a modest contracting and building materials supply business that was started in the 1880s by J. W. Cates and his brothers William and Berry. Their contracting work focused on constructing small dwellings and commercial buildings. The firm operated in the central Piedmont of North Carolina from the 1880s into...

Jenkins, W. Edward (1923-1988)

W. Edward (Willie) Jenkins (Nov. 14, 1923-March 18, 1988) was among the few African American architects practicing in North Carolina in the mid-twentieth century. He worked in the Greensboro office of Edward Loewenstein (Loewenstein and Atkinson) from 1949 to 1962 and thereafter on his own until his death. Like Loewenstein, who was evidently the...

Johnson, Stanhope S. (1882-1973)

Stanhope S. Johnson (1882-1973) was a prolific Virginia architect based in Lynchburg who designed at least two notable buildings in North Carolina—the Washington Duke Hotel in Durham and the Carolina Theatre and Hotel in Winston-Salem, large and luxuriously detailed tall buildings that instantly became landmarks of their cities. He is believed to have planned...

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