North Carolina Architects and Builders - A Biographical Dictionary

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Jenkins, W. Edward (1923-1988)

W. Edward (Willie) Jenkins (Nov. 14, 1923-March 18, 1988) was among the few African American architects practicing in North Carolina in the mid-twentieth century. He worked in the Greensboro office of Edward Loewenstein (Loewenstein and Atkinson) from 1949 to 1962 and thereafter on his own until his death. Like Loewenstein, who was evidently the...

Kahn, Albert (1869-1942)

Albert Kahn (1869-1942), who is generally ranked as America's most important designer of industrial architecture in the first half of the 20th century, planned facilities across the nation, including at least six buildings in North Carolina. According to the finding guide to the Albert Kahn Papers at the University of Michigan, Kahn "revolutionized the...

Northup and O'Brien (1916-1953)

Northup and O'Brien, a Winston-Salem firm that encompassed architects Willard Close Northup, Leet O'Brien, and after 1927, Luther Lashmit, was one of the most prolific and distinguished architectural firms in North Carolina during the first half of the 20th century. The firm offered a full range of architectural possibilities for the urbanizing state, and...

Sirrine, Joseph Emory (1872-1947)

Joseph Emory Sirrine (December 9, 1872-1947) was a Greenville, South Carolina, industrial architect and engineer who in 1921 established J. E. Sirrine and Company, a large firm of national reputation. He and his firm worked extensively in North Carolina, planning and building textile mills and other facilities during the state's dramatic early 20th century...

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