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Atwood and Nash

Atwood and Nash was a prolific engineering and architectural firm established in 1923 by engineer Thomas C. Atwood and architect Arthur C. Nash. Most of the firm's work was in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, but the partners also planned buildings in Wilmington, Asheville, and elsewhere. With differing backgrounds—Atwood in engineering and management, Nash...

Atwood and Weeks

Atwood and Weeks was a prolific architectural firm established by engineer Thomas C. Atwood and architect H. Raymond Weeks in 1931, following the 1930 retirement of Atwood's former partner Arthur C. Nash. Weeks had worked for the firm of Atwood and Nash for several years before Nash's retirement, including projects for the University of North Carolina at...

Atwood, Thomas C. (1874-1943)

Thomas C. Atwood (December 5, 1874-February 2, 1943) was an engineer and architect from Massachusetts who became a leader in North Carolina's construction industry in the early twentieth century, first as head of the T. C. Atwood Organization in charge of the major expansion of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and...

Austin, Henry R. (ca. 1808-1872)

Henry R. Austin (ca. 1808-1872), a builder and cabinetmaker in the part of Rowan County that became Davie County, is one of the few artisans linked with the substantial antebellum buildings of the western Piedmont. In 1833 he advertised in the Salisbury Western Carolinian that he wished to "employ in the cabinet-making business, two...

Bacon, Henry (1866-1924)

Henry Bacon, Jr. (Nov. 28, 1866-Feb. 16, 1924), best known as the architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., spent much of his youth in Wilmington, North Carolina, and he designed some notable buildings in the state as a result. The friendships he made in Wilmington as a youth led to several...

Badham Family (fl. 1850s-1930s)

The Badham family of carpenters, among the most prominent builders in late 19th century Edenton, included at least three generations: Miles Badham I (ca. 1811-1870s), his son Hannibal Badham, Sr. (1845-1918), and Hannibal's sons Hannibal Badham, Jr. (1879-1941), and Miles Badham II (1877-1925). Their lives and work were researched and discussed by Thomas R...

Bain, William Carter (1839-1920)

William Carter Bain (January 8, 1839- July 8, 1920) was a prolific and adaptable contractor who epitomized the energetic entrepreneurship of the post-Civil War well into the 20th century. Bain began as a small-town artisan, served in the Confederate army, and became a regional builder and manufacturer. Adapting successfully to changing times during a...

Baldwin, James J. (1888-1955)

James J. (John) Baldwin (February 27, 1888-September 15, 1955), an architect from South Carolina, was one of several architects drawn to the fast-growing mountain city of Asheville during the flush years of the 1920s. Early in his career he worked with several prominent architects in South Carolina and elsewhere, and after his stint in...

Barrett and Thomson (ca. 1900-ca. 1910)

The firm of Barrett and Thomson was established in 1900 by Charles W. Barrett and Frank K. Thomson. Barrett was a young architect, and Thomson was an older man with experience in public building and engineering. Their firm published a promotional booklet, Photographs. Barrett Thomson, Architects, in 1900, and in 1911 collaborated in publishing...

Barrett, Charles W. (1869-1947)

Charles W. (Wanton) Barrett (1869-1947) was one of Raleigh's most prolific architects around the turn of the century, designing buildings in Colonial Revival and other styles and publishing his work in promotional volumes. Arriving in town when the capital had very few architects, Barrett practiced on his own and in partnership with architect Frank...

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