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Baldwin, James J. (1888-1955)

James J. (John) Baldwin (February 27, 1888-September 15, 1955), an architect from South Carolina, was one of several architects drawn to the fast-growing mountain city of Asheville during the flush years of the 1920s. Early in his career he worked with several prominent architects in South Carolina and elsewhere, and after his stint in...

Beacham and LeGrand (1921-1940)

James Douthit Beacham (1891-1956) and Leon LeGrand (1894-1963) of South Carolina formed an architectural partnership in Greenville, South Carolina in 1921 which continued through 1940. Although much of their work was in South Carolina, they also took commissions in Asheville and elsewhere in western North Carolina and had a brief partnership with architect Henry...

Beacham, LeGrand, and Gaines (1925-1927/1928)

The short-lived architectural firm of Beacham, LeGrand, and Gaines was formed in 1925 by James Douthit Beacham, Leon LeGrand and Henry Irven Gaines amid a building boom in Asheville and western North Carolina. Beacham and LeGrand, already partners in Beacham and LeGrand , entered into a "three-way partnership" with the younger architect Henry Gaines...

Leitner, Joseph F. (1871-1930)

Joseph F. Leitner (June 13, 1871-June 2, 1930) was a mobile and prolific architect who began his career in Georgia, then worked in South and North Carolina, returned to Georgia, and ended his days in Florida. During a highly productive decade in Wilmington, North Carolina, first with his partner William J. Wilkins and then...

Lockwood, Greene, and Company (est. 1882)

Lockwood, Greene, and Company (est. 1882), one of the major engineering firms in the eastern United States from the late 19th century through the 20th century, was a New England-based firm that planned many mills and other plants in the New South, including in North Carolina the immense Loray Mills in Gastonia, a project...

Niernsee, Frank (1849-1899)

Frank (Francis) Niernsee (1849-1899), was an architect and engineer who practiced chiefly in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Virginia and South Carolina. He is reported to have designed the Theodore B. Lyman House in western North Carolina, not far from the South Carolina line, and may have designed other houses in the state. Frank Niernsee was...

Sayre and Baldwin (1909-1915)

The architectural partnership of Sayre and Baldwin (1909-1915) was established in 1909 in Anderson, South Carolina, by Christopher Gadsden Sayre (1876-1933) and James J. Baldwin (1888-1955). In 1914 the firm opened a branch office in Raleigh. In 1915 the two men dissolved the partnership and entered on prolific independent practices. Although a substantial portion...

Sayre, Christopher Gadsden (1876-1933)

Christopher Gadsden Sayre (November 21, 1876-October 12, 1933) was a South Carolina architect who had extensive work across North Carolina for many years, in partnership with James J. Baldwin and on his own. Although his practice encompassed many types of buildings, he was best known for his public school designs, which included some of...

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...

West, Albert L. (1825-1892)

A. L. (Albert Lawrence) West (1825-1892), a Richmond, Virginia, architect, had a long and productive career that spanned the second half of the 19th century. Although most of his work was in Virginia, he also designed a number of North Carolina buildings, of which only the Pasquotank County Courthouse in Elizabeth City still stands West...

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