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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...

Hicks, William J. (1827-1911)

William J. Hicks (February 18, 1827-January 14, 1911), millwright, builder, contractor, architect, and prison warden, began his career in the 1850s and became a prominent figure in North Carolina construction after the Civil War. He epitomized the practical, ambitious, and adaptable men who made their way in the unsettled times after the war. Hicks was...

Linthicum, Hill C. (1860-1919)

Hill Carter Linthicum (1860-1919) was a Virginia-born architect who moved to North Carolina as a youth and had a prolific architectural practice that encompassed several North Carolina communities. He practiced for a time with his son, H. Colvin Linthicum (1886-1952) as Linthicum and Linthicum. Linthicum took a strong role in establishing the architectural profession...

Norton, Charles H. (1857-1901)

Charles H. Norton (1857-1901), a builder in Durham in the 1890s, came from his native Virginia in 1888 to help rebuild Durham after a major downtown fire. Among his first projects was construction of a Romanesque Revival style commercial building, the E. J. Parrish Building, for pioneer tobacco merchant Parrish. Like other builders who...

Percival, William (fl. 1850s)

William Percival (fl. 1850s), architect, was a colorful and enigmatic figure who designed several boldly stylish and dramatic edifices during his brief tenure in North Carolina in the late 1850s. After coming from Richmond to Raleigh in 1857, Percival created a legacy of work that encompassed the Italianate and Gothic Revival styles and included...

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