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Marye, P. Thornton (1872-1935)

Philip Thornton Marye (1872-1935), architect, developed a practice in Atlanta that included buildings across the South including notable Beaux Arts and Art Deco style buildings in North Carolina. Marye was born in Newport News, Virginia, and grew up near Fredericksburg. After studying at Randolph Macon College (1888-1889) and the University of Virginia (1889-1890), he...

McInerney, Michael (1877-1963)

Michael Joseph Vincent McInerney (March 18, 1877-March 3, 1963), architect and designer, was a Benedictine monk and Roman Catholic priest at Belmont Abbey in Gaston County, North Carolina. Beginning with his design for St. Leo Hall (1906) at the Abbey, he developed a nationally important architectural practice that encompassed scores of Catholic churches, schools...

McKibbin, G. W. (1860-1927)

G. W. McKibbin (November 21, 1860- August 6, 1927), a peripatetic and somewhat elusive architect and engineer who worked in Asheville and Atlanta, played his most important role in North Carolina architecture as the architect-engineer of the famed Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The design of the inn has been generally attributed solely to...

McKim, Mead and White

The nationally renowned New York architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White had an influential role in North Carolina both directly and indirectly. Most notably, as consulting architects for the University of North Carolina the firm employed Beaux-Arts classical principles in defining the early twentieth century campus expansion with their on-site architects being William...

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...

McMillen, Charles (1854-1911)

Charles McMillen (1854-1911), an Irish-born architect, was one of many mobile architects who worked in cities across America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Active in Duluth in the 1880s and 1890s, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, after winning a competition to design the port city's Masonic Temple in 1898. He...

Melton, Allen L. (1852-1917)

Allen L. Melton (1852-April 27, 1917) was an eclectic architect active in Asheville's boom era that followed the 1880 arrival of the Western North Carolina Railroad. A notice in the Asheville Daily Advance of September 14, 1886, reported that "Mr. Melton, an experienced architect, will soon locate in Asheville." There he spent the rest...

Merchant, Luther L. (1876-1966)

Luther Launcelot Merchant (1876-1966), a contractor who was called a "construction pioneer" in Asheville, took a central role in building the city's notable early 20th century architecture. A native of Brooks, Indiana, he was the son of John and Eliza Jane Hess Merchant. The family moved to Henderson County, North Carolina in about 1885...

Moore, Solon B. (1872-1930)

Solon B. (Balias) Moore (May 17, 1872-January 16, 1930) practiced architecture in Wilson for more than twenty years, briefly with Charles C. Benton, Sr., in 1910-1915 and then for sixteen years on his own. Arriving early in Wilson's emergence as the leading bright leaf tobacco market in America and one of the wealthiest towns...

Nash, Arthur C. (1871-1969)

Arthur Cleveland Nash (October 21, 1871-September 26, 1969), a Beaux-Arts trained New York architect, designed many buildings in North Carolina and is best known as campus architect for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the school's major expansion in the 1920s. There he worked in association with the consulting firm of...

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