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Krause, Johann Gottlob (1760-1802)

Johann Gottlob Krause (September 18, 1760-November 4, 1802) was the master mason during the construction of the first major brick buildings in the Moravian community of Salem (in present Winston-Salem). Representing the first generation of native North Carolina Moravian artisans, in the post-Revolutionary era Krause introduced construction techniques that blended Germanic forms with decorative...

Loesch, Abraham (1765-1843)

Abraham Loesch (1765-1843), born in Bethabara, North Carolina, was a brickmason and master mason in Salem for several years in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Like his fellow brickmason Johann Gottlob Krause, he was part of the first generation of Moravian artisans who was born in the Wachovia settlement in North Carolina...

Rasp, Melchior (1715-1785)

Melchior Rasp (January 8, 1715-March 19, 1785), master mason in Bethabara and Salem, North Carolina, was among the few European-born building artisans in colonial North Carolina whose buildings survive to illustrate the direct transplantation of Old World traditions. From 1754 until 1784 Rasp played a central role in the early architecture of the Moravians...

Triebel, Christian (1714-1798)

Christian Triebel (November 6, 1714-April 16, 1798), was a master carpenter who, like the mason Melchior Rasp, brought his Old World skills to the Wachovia Moravian settlement in North Carolina and helped construct buildings in Salem and elsewhere that represent the state's sole surviving examples of European building traditions transferred directly to colonial North...

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