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Hendry, Robert (ca. 1829-1869)

Robert Hendry (ca. 1829-May 14, 1869), one of several stonemasons of Scots background who came into the western Piedmont of North Carolina in the antebellum period, was employed in constructing masonry bridges for the Western North Carolina Rail Road (WNCRR). His only documented work is the magnificent Third Creek Bridge, built in 1857 from...

Lemly, Samuel (ca. 1790-1848)

Samuel Lemly (ca. 1790-1848) was a master carpenter, contractor, and planter in Rowan County, North Carolina who was responsible for several building projects in the western piedmont including a major bridge over the South Yadkin River (1825) and the first eight buildings at Davidson College (1836-1838). His career as a master builder in North...

Murdoch, William (1811-1893)

William Murdoch (1811-1893), stonemason, contractor, and bridge builder, was one of a group of Scots-born stonemasons and stonecutters who came to North Carolina in the 1830s to work on the North Carolina State Capitol and later developed respected careers in the state, achieving prominence in their adopted communities. Murdoch's career as a stonemason and...

Raeder, William (fl. 1850s)

William Raeder (fl. 1850s), an architect and engineer of German background, worked in Salisbury and environs during the antebellum railroad-building boom. One of many skilled and mobile immigrant artisans who worked briefly in the state during antebellum era, he was employed by the Western North Carolina Railroad (WNCRR) as a draftsman in 1857 at...

White, Hugh Edward (1869-1939)

Hugh Edward White (June 27, 1869-June 25, 1939), a South Carolina-born architect, worked in various locations before moving about 1920 to the growing textile city of Gastonia, North Carolina, where he became the principal architect in his adopted community. Working in a mainstream Beaux-Arts tradition, he served an emerging clientele among the industrialists and...

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