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Alexander, S. Grant (1875-1953)

Scots-born architect S. (Samuel) Grant Alexander (January 22, 1875-January 21, 1953), came to Asheville from Scotland for his health in 1923, opened his architectural firm in that city in 1924 and practiced there until his death. He had received his education and training in his native Scotland and worked there for several years in...

Baldwin, James J. (1888-1955)

James J. (John) Baldwin (February 27, 1888-September 15, 1955), an architect from South Carolina, was one of several architects drawn to the fast-growing mountain city of Asheville during the flush years of the 1920s. Early in his career he worked with several prominent architects in South Carolina and elsewhere, and after his stint in...

Beacham and LeGrand (1921-1940)

James Douthit Beacham (1891-1956) and Leon LeGrand (1894-1963) of South Carolina formed an architectural partnership in Greenville, South Carolina in 1921 which continued through 1940. Although much of their work was in South Carolina, they also took commissions in Asheville and elsewhere in western North Carolina and had a brief partnership with architect Henry...

Beacham, LeGrand, and Gaines (1925-1927/1928)

The short-lived architectural firm of Beacham, LeGrand, and Gaines was formed in 1925 by James Douthit Beacham, Leon LeGrand and Henry Irven Gaines amid a building boom in Asheville and western North Carolina. Beacham and LeGrand, already partners in Beacham and LeGrand , entered into a "three-way partnership" with the younger architect Henry Gaines...

Bean, Samuel Isaac (1867-1947)

Samuel I. Bean (Dec. 11, 1867-Sept. 7, 1947), a highly skilled stonecutter and stonemason, was one of the men who came to Asheville to help construct the Biltmore Estate who decided to stay in the growing mountain community (see Richard Sharp Smith, Rafael Guastavino) and contributed greatly to its architectural character. According to his...

Clayton, Ephraim (1804-1892)

Ephraim Clayton (1804-August 9, 1892), a carpenter and builder from a prominent pioneering family in the area, developed a large contracting business that was among the most important in western North Carolina and also extended into neighboring states. His works included many of the most stylish and substantial buildings of their day in a...

Corbin, John T. (1871 or 1873-1955)

John T. Corbin (April 3, 1871 or 1873-June 12, 1955), an expert stonecutter and tile worker, practiced his trade in Asheville for many years, and helped to construct several landmark buildings. A native of North Carolina and probably the son of Jackson County farmer Lemuel Corbin and his wife Barcela, John was a man...

Dodge, William Waldo, Jr. (1895-1971)

William Waldo Dodge, Jr. (1895-1971), architect and craftsman, was one of the leading figures in Asheville's architectural scene as well as an illustrious and well-known silversmith. He was part of an important larger movement in Asheville that expressed the influences of the romantic and Arts and Crafts movements in a variety of media from...

East, William J. (1865-1936)

William J. East (1865-1936), architect, was a native of Bellevue, Pennsylvania, who moved to Asheville in 1912 and remained there the rest of his life. According to the Asheville Times (June 10, 1917), East studied architecture at the Polytechnic Institute of Pittsburgh, which "whetted the appetite of the Pennsylvanian and he went across the...

Gaines, Henry Irven (1900-1986)

Henry Irven Gaines (1900-1986), a native of South Carolina, spent a long and productive architectural career in Asheville, North Carolina, as partner in Beacham, LeGrand, and Gaines, on his own, and as a founding member of Six Associates. He was one of many architects whose budding career was interrupted by the Great Depression. In...

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