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Asbury, Louis H. (1877-1975)

Louis H. (Humbert) Asbury, Sr. (October 15, 1877-March 19, 1975), a leading Charlotte architect, was the first professionally trained, fulltime architect in North Carolina who was born and practiced in the state. (See also Gaston Alonzo Edwards.) Asbury established a long-lived and prolific practice in Charlotte, with projects across much of the state, especially...

Barrett, Charles W. (1869-1947)

Charles W. (Wanton) Barrett (1869-1947) was one of Raleigh's most prolific architects around the turn of the century, designing buildings in Colonial Revival and other styles and publishing his work in promotional volumes. Arriving in town when the capital had very few architects, Barrett practiced on his own and in partnership with architect Frank...

Barton, Harry (1876-1937)

Harry Barton (June 17, 1876-May 9, 1937), a native of Philadelphia, moved to Greensboro in 1912 and became a leader in that city's and the state's architectural profession during the early 20th century, planning numerous important buildings and taking an active role in the American Institute of Architects in North Carolina. Harry Barton was born...

Bauer, Adolphus Gustavus (1858-1898)

A. G. Bauer (December 4, 1858-May 11, 1898), architect, designed some of North Carolina's most imposing and ebulliently stylish buildings of the late 19th century. He came to North Carolina in 1883 as assistant to architect Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia at a time when the state was embarking on major postwar projects but had...

Bonniwell and Daughter (fl. 1890s)

"Bonniwell and Daughter" was the striking name of an architectural practice in the 1890s, appearing in advertisements and in William T. Comstock's Architectural Directory in 1894 and subsequent years. (That publication was not always up to date, for the name continued to appear well after the firm ceased practice; such was the case for...

Bonniwell, George Capes (1837-1919)

George C. Bonniwell (1837-1912), a highly mobile manufacturer, builder, and architect, was a native of New York who moved to the western Piedmont of North Carolina in the late 1870s. He and his daughters Josephine and Norma constituted an unusual family in North Carolina building practice—as "Bonniwell and Daughter" for a time. His daughter...

Bonniwell, Norma N. (1877-1961)

Norma N.Bonniwell (1877-1961) or Norma Bonniwell King, her married name, was among the very few women in 19th century or early 20th century North Carolina identified as an architect. She was the daughter of George C.Bonniwell, a manufacturer, builder, and architect who trained three of his children—Norma, Josephine, and James Gaither—in his business. Norma...

Brown, Glenn (1854-1932)

Glenn Brown (1854-1932), an architect from Virginia with family ties in North Carolina, designed buildings in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the Romanesque Revival style, but his most important contribution to the state was his role, as secretary of the American Institute of Architects, in nurturing the formation of the North Carolina Chapter of the...

Carson, Charles L. (1847-1891)

Charles L. Carson (1847-1891) was a noted Baltimore architect who planned Holladay Hall (1888-1889), the imposing Main Building for the newly established North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now North Carolina State University. Born in Baltimore, Carson was educated in local schools before working for his father's construction firm. There he learned the...

Cooper, Thomas Wright (1897-1957)

Thomas Wright Cooper (1897-1957), a Raleigh architect who practiced with several different associates, designed in a wide range of architectural styles from the 1920s onward, including works in Colonial Revival, Neoclassical, and Modern modes. Cooper was born in Raleigh, a son of stonecutter Charles W. Cooper, head of the Raleigh Marble Works. He was educated...

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