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Boney, Leslie N., Sr. (1880-1964)

Leslie Norwood Boney, Sr. (October 29, 1880-September 18, 1964), was a highly prolific Wilmington architect whose practice covered a wide range of building types but concentrated on educational facilities including some 1,000 educational buildings and additions. Although much of his work was in eastern North Carolina, his designs appeared in 51 of the state's...

Bonitz, Henry E. (1872-1921)

Henry Emil Bonitz (1872-1921), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, of German parentage, established an extraordinarily prolific practice as an architect in Wilmington, with scores of projects in the port city and its environs, and many more in other towns and counties in North Carolina. Henry Bonitz was a son of John Henry William Bonitz and...

Bunnell, Rufus (1835-1909)

Rufus William Bunnell (February 11, 1835-February 21, 1909), a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is best known in North Carolina as assistant architect and draftsman for the Bellamy Mansion (1859-1861) in Wilmington, one of the state's most spectacular houses from the late antebellum era. Employed as "assistant architect" by Wilmington architect-builder James F. Post from...

Gardner, Benjamin (1792-1860)

Benjamin Gardner (1792-1860), a builder active in antebellum Wilmington, built and may have designed key Greek Revival buildings including the city's handsome market house. Part of a family established in the city, he appeared in the United States Census in Wilmington in 1820 and in subsequent censuses through 1850, when he was listed as...

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...

Norris, John S. (1804-1876)

John S. Norris (1804-July 25, 1876), builder and architect, was born and worked in New York City, but his best known works are his public and private buildings in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, which encompassed Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate styles. Typical of his generation, he began his career as a...

Post, James F. (1818-1899)

James Francis Post (1818-July 15, 1899), a native of New Jersey, came to Wilmington by 1849 and became the city's premier 19th century builder-architect during the years when Wilmington was the largest city in the state. He designed, built, or supervised construction of some of Wilmington's most distinguished buildings, as well building many of...

Sampson, James (1806-1861)

James Sampson (August 7, 1806-April 4, 1861) was a Wilmington carpenter born into slavery and manumitted as a young man, who became one of the wealthiest free people of color in antebellum North Carolina. He and his children became prominent citizens in Wilmington and elsewhere. No known buildings are credited to him or his...

Simpson, Herbert Woodley (1870-1945)

Herbert Woodley Simpson (January 19, 1870-October 21, 1945) was a New Bern-born architect who practiced extensively in that city and elsewhere in eastern North Carolina. From the 1890s through the 1920s, he designed most of New Bern's principal edifices, and many others in the region. He was among the first generation of native-born, resident...

Vaughan, J. K., Jr. (1839-1895)

J. K. (Jacob Keen) Vaughan (Vaughn), Jr. (July 15, 1839-June 1, 1895), an architect from a noted Philadelphia shipbuilding family, was active in Wilmington, N. C., after the Civil War. His best-known work is St. Stephen's (St. Stephen) A. M. E. Church, one of the state's principal churches built for an African American congregation...

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