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Hawks, John (ca. 1731-1790)

John Hawks (ca. 1731-October 31, 1790), the English-trained architect and builder of Tryon Palace in New Bern, was the first professionally trained architect in North Carolina and one of the first in the American colonies. According to a 1765 letter from Gov. William Tryon, Hawks arrived in New Bern with Tryon in 1764 and...

Lane, Hardy B., Sr. (1793-1856)

Hardy B. Lane, Sr. (1793-1856), New Bern's leading house carpenter during the late antebellum period, worked on most of the city's premier buildings of the period and is associated by tradition with others. He also trained three of his sons in his trade, who continued as prominent builders in the city, including Frederick Lane...

Lane, John B. (1834-1910)

John B. Lane (1834-1910), a leading builder in post-Civil War New Bern, was one of three sons of New Bern's best-known antebellum builder, Hardy B. Lane, Sr. (1793-1856). The other sons were Frederick Lane (ca. 1824-1868) and Hardy B. Lane, Jr. (b. ca. 1829). Doubtless trained by their father, the Lane sons entered building...

T. Thomas and Son (fl. 1830s-1850s)

T. Thomas and Son (fl. 1840s), consisting of Thomas Thomas and his son Griffith, was a New York architectural firm that planned several buildings in the antebellum South. The firm's only known project in North Carolina is the First Baptist Church in New Bern (1848), one of the earliest non-Episcopalian Gothic Revival churches in...

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