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Palmer, Charles (fl. 1850s)

Birthplace: USA
Residences:
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
Trades:
  • Brickmason
NC Work Locations:
  • Raleigh, Wake County
  • Wake
  • Goldsboro, Wayne County
  • Wayne
Building Types:
  • Commercial;
  • Religious
Styles & Forms:
  • Gothic Revival;
  • Greek Revival

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church [Goldsboro]

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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church [Goldsboro]

Biography

Charles Palmer (fl. 1850s) was a "brick builder" in Raleigh who claimed 14 or 15 years' professional experience by 1858 when he was asked to evaluate another builder's work on a downtown building in the capital. Only two of his own works in the state have been identified. For the W. J. & A. S. Lougee Store (1854) also in downtown Raleigh, Palmer did the brickwork, H. & D. Royster the carpentry, and James Puttick the stonework. Palmer also built St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (1855-1857), a Gothic Revival brick structure designed by Ecclesiologist architect John W. Priest of Newburg, New York. It appears likely that the minister obtained a published or custom design from Priest, then had Palmer and other builders complete it.

Nothing has been learned of his previous experience or background. There were scores of men named Charles Palmer in the nation in the 1850 and 1860 censuses. He might be the Charles Palmer, 24, identified as a brickmason in Alamance County in the 1850 census. Given his experience, it is likely that Palmer executed other work in the region as yet unidentified.

Author: Catherine W. Bishir.

Published 2009

Building List

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Goldsboro, Wayne County)

Wayne Goldsboro

1855

Contributors:
Dates: 1855-1857; 1906 [extension]
Location: Goldsboro, Wayne County
Street Address: 200 N. James St., Goldsboro, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Religious
Note:

Bonitz designed the 1906 extension and the Parish House.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

W. J. & A. S. Lougee Store (Raleigh, Wake County)

Wake Raleigh

1854

Contributors:
Dates: 1854
Location: Raleigh, Wake County
Street Address: 100 block Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Commercial

Charles Palmer's Work Locations

Bibliography

  • Fentress v. Johnson, Wake County Civil Action Papers, 1858, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • North Carolina Standard, various issues.
  • Raleigh Register, various issues.
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church file, State Historic Preservation Office, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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