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Biberstein, Richard C. (1859-1931)

Richard C. Biberstein (1859-1931), an engineer and mill architect from Texas who settled in Charlotte in 1887, was one of the most prolific designers of textile mills in North Carolina and the South. The full extent of his work and the status of his buildings have not yet been determined. Extensive records of his...

Boyer, Martin E., Jr. (1893-1970)

Martin Evans Boyer, Jr. (July 22, 1893-February 17, 1970) was a long-lived and prominent architect in Charlotte best known for his residential architecture of the first half of the twentieth century, primarily in the city's most prestigious suburbs. He is considered by many to be Charlotte's preeminent revivalist architect. Boyer was born in Glen Wilton...

Houser, William H. (ca. 1841-1912)

Born into slavery in South Carolina, brickmason and brickmaker William H. Houser (ca. 1841-1912) exemplifies the African-American artisans striving for economic success and community identity in the decades after the Civil War in a career that spanned years of opportunity and oppression. Trained in a trade long associated with free and enslaved black workmen...

Hunter, Leonard L. (1881-1925)

Leonard L. Hunter (1881-1925), often cited as L. L. Hunter, was one of several architects active in Charlotte during its early 20th century boom years. Operating on his own and with various associates, he planned numerous buildings in the city and elsewhere, chiefly in classically derived styles. Like other architects of his day, including...

Kahn, Albert (1869-1942)

Albert Kahn (1869-1942), who is generally ranked as America's most important designer of industrial architecture in the first half of the 20th century, planned facilities across the nation, including at least six buildings in North Carolina. According to the finding guide to the Albert Kahn Papers at the University of Michigan, Kahn "revolutionized the...

Marsh, Marion R. (1893-1977)

Marion R. ("Steve") Marsh (October 21, 1893-September 4, 1977) was a versatile and long-lived architect and engineer active during Charlotte's early to mid-20th century growth as an industrial and financial center. Between 1922 and his retirement in 1964, he designed several well-known Charlotte buildings, plus others in surrounding region of North and South Carolina...

Smith, William W. (1862-1937)

William W. Smith (1862-May 23, 1937) was a black brickmason and contractor who played a vital role in "Charlotte's Negro business renaissance" of the early 20th century and is regarded as Charlotte's first black architect. His known works concentrated in Charlotte's black business and cultural center on South Brevard Street and at the A...

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