North Carolina Architects and Builders - A Biographical Dictionary

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Bodnam, Robert (fl. 1650s)

Robert Bodnam (fl. 1650s) is the first builder identified by name at the beginning of permanent white settlement in North Carolina, and he assembled the first house for which we have a contemporary description. Virtually all that is known about Bodnam and his work is contained in a briefly worded suit dated November 15...

Demens, Peter A. (1850-1919)

Peter A. Demens (May 1, 1850 - January 21, 1919), Russian immigrant, entrepreneur, and builder, was a bold if not always successful player in the derring-do capitalism of three late 19th century American boom towns. Before his arrival in Asheville in 1889, Demens had built a railroad on Florida's Gulf Coast that led to...

Edbrooke, Willoughby J. (1843-1896)

Willoughby J. Edbrooke (1843-1896), a Chicago architect, served in 1891-1893 as Supervising Architect of the Treasury and in that capacity headed the office that designed at least two imposing Federal buildings in North Carolina. Over the years, Edbrooke had numerous commissions in the Midwest and planned the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. During his tenure...

James, John (ca. 1842-after 1900)

John James (ca. 1842-after 1900) was an African-American builder active in Elizabeth City, N. C. in the late 19th century. His best-known surviving work is the Carpenter Gothic style St. Philip's Episcopal Chapel in that city. Although he was a free house carpenter in Elizabeth City before the Civil War, John James's early life and...

Tucker, William Daniel (1880-1949)

William Daniel Tucker (May 5, 1880-March 31, 1949) was a prolific local builder who left a longstanding mark on the architecture of his adopted home town of Laurinburg and the surrounding area. Earning a solid reputation with his projects encompassing many building types for more than four decades, he was considered the most prominent...

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