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Craig, William (fl. 1790s)

William Craig (fl. 1790s), a brickmason who worked in Salem, North Carolina, was an "outside mason" or "stranger"—i.e. not a Moravian—whose skills had a lasting impact on the brick architecture of the community. He worked closely with master mason Johann Gottlob Krause and apparently introduced patterned brickwork into Salem. Although he was highly skilled...

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...

Marshall, Frederic William (1721-1802)

Frederic William Marshall (February 5, 1721-February, 1802), Oeconomus of the Wachau, meaning chief administrator of the Wachovia settlements in North Carolina, served not only in governance but also essentially as a planner and architect for the Moravian settlements in and around present Winston-Salem, with his best-known and culminating building Salem's Home Moravian Church. Marshall was...

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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