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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...

Ellington, Douglas D. (1886-1960)

Douglas D. Ellington (1886-1960), architect, a North Carolina native trained at the École des Beaux Arts, is best known for designing Asheville's outstanding Art Deco buildings of the 1920s. One of the most important architects practicing in North Carolina during the mid-20th century, Ellington developed a unique synthesis of Beaux Arts classicism, modern functionalism...

Lord, William H. (1864-1933)

William Henry Lord (1864-1933), a native of Syracuse, New York, came to Asheville in 1899 and emerged as one of the most important architects in the city during the early twentieth century as well as a leader in the development of the architectural profession in the state. According to an article in the Asheville Citizen-Times...

Smith, Richard Sharp (1852-1924)

Richard Sharp Smith (1852-1924), a talented and eclectic English-born architect, came to Asheville in 1889 as the supervising architect of Biltmore House, established a private practice in 1895, and became one of the city's most prolific and influential architects during the first two decades of the 20th century. In his architectural practice—both individually and...

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