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Foulk, S. W. (1848-1932)

Sidney W. Foulk (1848-1932), often referred to as S. W. Foulk, was a native of Ohio who spent most of his career in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He developed an architectural practice that specialized in schools, churches, and YMCA facilities and reached into several states. He generally favored a robust Romanesque Revival style. In North...

Gaines, Henry Irven (1900-1986)

Henry Irven Gaines (1900-1986), a native of South Carolina, spent a long and productive architectural career in Asheville, North Carolina, as partner in Beacham, LeGrand, and Gaines, on his own, and as a founding member of Six Associates. He was one of many architects whose budding career was interrupted by the Great Depression. In...

Gause, James F., Jr. (1885-1922)

James F. (Franklyn) Gause, Jr. (June 15, 1885-June 2, 1922) was a prominent architect in his native city of Wilmington during the early 20th century. On his own and during a brief partnership with James B. Lynch, he designed a range of building types including public edifices, churches, schools, and residences in the popular...

Getaz, David (1849-1912)

David Getaz (November 22, 1849-September 19, 1912), a native of France with a Swiss background, became a prolific architect and builder headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. His contracting firm took on projects in various states, including buildings in North Carolina: the Masonic Temple in Wilmington and Eureka Hall at the Blue Ridge Assembly campus near...

Gilbert, Bradford L. (1853-1911)

Bradford L. Gilbert (1853-1911) was a nationally active New York architect known for his many railroad stations and as the architect of the Atlanta International and Cotton State Exposition of 1895 in Atlanta. Through his connection with Georgia railroad executive William Greene Raoul, he became the architect for one of Asheville, N. C.'s turn...

Gilbert, C. P. H. (1861-1952)

C. H. P. Gilbert (1861-1952) was a prominent New York architect trained at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He was the only child of merchant Loring Gilbert and Caroline C. Etchebery; this branch of the family had come from England and settled in the Boston area in the 17th century. C. H...

Gordon, Franklin (ca. 1870-1930)

Franklin Gordon (ca. 1870-1930) was one of many architects drawn to the growing and increasingly wealthy mercantile city of Charlotte in the early 20th century. An early leader in organizing the architectural profession in the state, he designed several buildings in Charlotte of which the best known are two of the city's finest examples...

Greene and Rogers (ca. 1933-ca. 1939)

Greene and Rogers was a short-lived but highly prolific architectural firm in Asheville which flourished during the mid to late 1930s despite the challenges of the Great Depression. Ronald Greene was an experienced architect who had practiced in Asheville and Western North Carolina since the 1910s. The younger W. Stewart Rogers joined forces with...

Greene, Ronald (1891-1961)

Ronald Greene (May 11, 1891-October 11, 1961) numbered among the leading architects during Asheville's architectural heyday of the 1910s and 1920s and is best known as the designer of the mountain city's first skyscraper—the slender, Gothic Revival style Jackson Building (1923-1924). During a long and distinguished career, he frequently took advantage of local publications...

Harbison, Philo G. (1856-1957)

Philo G. (Gaither) Harbison (1856-1957) was a prominent African American carpenter and contractor in Morganton, N. C. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. According to Suzanne Pickens Wylie's Jonesboro Historic District National Register of Historic Places nomination, Harbison was born into slavery in 1856 but resided in his owner's house and learned...

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