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Benton, Charles C., Sr. (1887/1888-1960)

Variant Name(s):
  • C. C. Benton;
  • Charles Collins Benton, Sr.
Birthplace: Wilson, North Carolina, USA
Residences:
  • Wilson, North Carolina
Trades:
  • Architect
NC Work Locations:
  • Burlington, Alamance County
  • Alamance
  • Washington, Beaufort County
  • Beaufort
  • Morganton, Burke County
  • Burke
  • Lenoir, Caldwell County
  • Caldwell
  • Morehead City, Carteret County
  • Carteret
  • Hickory, Catawba County
  • Catawba
  • Edenton, Chowan County
  • Chowan
  • Fayetteville, Cumberland County
  • Cumberland
  • Enfield, Halifax County
  • Halifax
  • Halifax, Halifax County
  • Halifax
  • Scotland Neck, Halifax County
  • Halifax
  • Selma, Johnston County
  • Johnston
  • Jonesboro, Lee County
  • Lee
  • Sanford, Lee County
  • Lee
  • Kinston, Lenoir County
  • Lenoir
  • Williamston, Martin County
  • Martin
  • Troy, Montgomery County
  • Montgomery
  • Rocky Mount, Nash County
  • Nash
  • Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County
  • Pasquotank
  • Ayden, Pitt County
  • Pitt
  • Farmville, Pitt County
  • Pitt
  • Greenville, Pitt County
  • Pitt
  • Salisbury, Rowan County
  • Rowan
  • Plymouth, Washington County
  • Washington
  • North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County
  • Wilkes
  • Elm City, Wilson County
  • Wilson
  • Wilson, Wilson County
  • Wilson
Building Types:
  • Commercial;
  • Educational;
  • Fraternal;
  • Health Care;
  • Public;
  • Religious;
  • Residential
Styles & Forms:
  • Art Deco;
  • Colonial Revival;
  • Mission;
  • Modernist;
  • Neoclassical Revival

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Biography

Charles C. Benton, Sr., together with his partners including his brother Frank W. Benton, his sons Henry and Charles Collins Benton, Jr., and others, had a long-lived and regionally important architectural practice headquartered in Wilson, North Carolina. Encompassing much of eastern North Carolina and extending west into the foothills, Benton and his associates designed buildings of nearly every type—residences, banks, churches, hospitals, train stations, and civic buildings. His firms specialized in neoclassical and Colonial Revival modes especially favored by the founder—hence the nickname Charles C. ("Colonial") Benton—but also ventured into modernist styles in the 1930s and later.

Charles C. Benton, Sr., was born in Wilson in 1887 or 1888, the youngest of at least seven children of Henry Benton, a mechanic (possibly a builder in the parlance of the day), and Margaret Whitaker Benton. Charles is said to have studied at MIT in about 1902, but this has not been documented, nor is it known how he or his older brother Frank gained training or experience in architecture. By 1910 Charles and Frank, both identified as architects, were living in Wilson with their widowed mother. In 1911 Charles wed Mary Powell, and by 1920 the couple had two children, Henry and Charles C., Jr., both of whom would work with their father. (Charles's death certificate gave his birth year as 1887, but his World War II draft registration gave it as 1888.)

Charles C. Benton, Sr., listed as an architect in Wilson's 1907 city directory, had been involved in a few building projects before that, and in 1908, the Rocky Mount city directory indicated that he was associated briefly with architect John C. Stout, but no works by Benton and Stout have been identified. In about 1910 Benton joined with architect Solon B. Moore to form Benton and Moore; their brief but prolific association produced numerous public and private buildings, especially hospitals. Benton and Moore dissolved their partnership in 1915, the same year that Charles C. Benton established the firm of Benton and Benton with his brother Frank, which lasted for twenty years. Because no records of the firm's operation are known to survive, the division of work between the two brothers is not known.

The firm of Benton and Benton proved even more prolific than Benton and Moore. Taking advantage of the growing demand for substantial buildings in many small and middle-sized communities, the firm gained commissions that extended from Elizabeth City in the northeastern part of the state to as far west as North Wilkesboro and Morganton. Seldom taking projects in larger cities, the firm found a profitable niche in county seats and market towns, where their designs and services suited a wide range of clients from homeowners to civic officials. They planned handsome and relatively conservative versions of prevailing architectural forms and styles that accommodated local tastes and budgets. (According to research by John E. Wells, however, in 1921 Benton and Benton had an office in Richmond, Virginia, which became Benton and Bengston [for associate Luther Bengston] in 1922 and closed by 1925.)

Benton and Benton developed an especially strong reputation in various classical and Colonial Revival modes popular in the region. For the modestly budgeted courthouses in Montgomery and Washington counties and elsewhere they employed the symmetrical forms and prominent porticoes that were the norm in the period. The firm also designed a number of reassuringly monumental neoclassical banks that asserted a new presence in many towns: typically located on prominent downtown corners, these banks presented a columned, vault-like façade or entrance to the main street and had classical pilasters along the side street. Benton and Benton and later Benton and Son(s) also planned residences in a range of popular styles, including columned "Southern Colonial" and other Colonial Revival modes, as well as substantial bungalows with bold Craftsman detailing, such as the Lloyd and Lillian Turnage House in Ayden; Benton and Benton's blueprints for the latter, held at the Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina, are among the few drawings by the Benton firms known to survive.

Despite the Great Depression, the partnership continued until 1935, at which time the brothers established separate practices. Frank worked on his own, while Charles C. Benton, Sr., formed Charles C. Benton and Son with his elder son, Henry, and when Charles Jr., joined the firm in 1940 it was renamed Charles C. Benton and Sons. Henry was trained as a civil engineer, and Charles, Jr. was an architect. The late 1930s and especially the post-World War II building boom brought Benton and Son(s) many projects including schools, health facilities, churches, and residences, mostly in North Carolina but a few in South Carolina. Possibly influenced by the younger members, the firm embraced the Art Deco and other progressive styles for certain projects: the glamorous Art Deco style Riviera Theater (1939) in Charleston, South Carolina, is among their best known works from the late 1930s. Benton and Sons' post-World War II projects include various blends of modernist and traditional elements. A notable work of the period by Benton, Sr., is the Colonial Revival style Harper Hall (1950s) which helped define the mid-century architectural character at Wilson's Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College), while the firm's Brown Library in Washington, North Carolina is a symmetrical, red brick building with modernist simplicity of forms. Charles C. Benton, Sr., continued to be active in his profession until his health failed, and he died on October 25, 1960, predeceasing his brother Frank by less than two months.

After his father's death, Charles C. Benton., Jr., practiced with architect John Ashe in Wilson until 1967. (The younger Benton's work after his father's death is not addressed in this entry.) After the dissolution of the firm its drawings and other records were stored with Stephenson Millwork of Wilson, where they were destroyed by fire in the late twentieth century. As a result, no job list for the Benton firms is known to exist, and scarcely any drawings or other records survive. The present building list presents only a fraction of the many projects by the Benton firms. Further information is sought.

Author: Kate Ohno. Update: Catherine W. Bishir.

Published 2012

Building List

Bank of North Wilkesboro (North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County)

Wilkes North Wilkesboro

1923

Contributors:
Dates: 1923
Location: North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County
Street Address: 832 Main (formerly B) St., North Wilkesboro, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Catherine W. Bishir, Michael T. Southern, and Jennifer F. Martin, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina (1999).
Note:

Showing the period's favored bank format with a Doric columned portico in antis, this bank has been cited both to Benton and Benton and to Charles C. Hartmann. The bank currently serves as the town hall. In 1923 the Manufacturers' Record reported that C. C. Hartmann had designed for the Bank of North Wilkesboro an office and store to cost $60-$70,000 and to be located at B and 9th St. in North Wilkesboro. Other sources cite the bank, and possibly the neighboring hotel, to Benton and Benton. Further information may come to light to clarify the authorship of these two notable buildings.

Bank of North Wilkesboro

Mercy Hospital (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1912

Variant Name(s):
  • Wilson Hospital and Tubercular Home
Contributors:
Dates: 1912-1913
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 504 E. Green St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Health Care
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record, Jan. 1, 1912, reported that F. S. Hargraves, secretary of a company interested in building a hospital, had plans from Benton and Moore for a hospital 47 by 80, mill construction, electric lights, slate roof, steam heat, to cost $8,000. Built by Dr. Hargraves to serve black patients, the brick building with Doric portico was soon named Mercy Hospital. After years of being endangered, it has been rehabilitated for a new use.

Fidelity Mutual Life Building (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1926

Contributors:
Dates: 1926
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 100 block Goldsboro St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

The large, columned building, a major work by the firm, was among the most imposing commercial structures in Wilson.

Fidelity Mutual Life Building

St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914-1915
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 119 S. Pender St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Religious
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record, of Feb. 5, 1914, reported that the firm had produced plans for an African Methodist Episcopal Church Building, 60 x 75 feet, $15,000. The handsome Gothic Revival church was erected in 1915 by local brickmason John Barnes.

W. E. Pace House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: Wilson, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record, of April 2, 1914, noted that Benton and Moore had planned a brick veneered house for W. E. Pace.

Wilson Hotel (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1912

Contributors:
Dates: 1912
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: Wilson, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record of June 27, 1912, reported that the Wilson Hotel Company had plans by Benton and Moore for a hotel with electric elevator and asbestos roof, to cost $45,000. It is not clear whether it was built or what name it was known by.

B. J. Pully House (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: Greenville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

Manufacturers' Record, Feb. 19, 1914.

E. B. Ferguson House (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: 607 W. 4th St., Greenville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

Manufacturers' Record, Feb. 5, 1914. This was one of a several houses reported in the journal of that date as designed by this firm, including those for F. J. Forbes and B. J. Pully, for which no further information has been located.

F. J. Forbes House (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: Greenville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

Manufacturers' Record, Feb. 5, 1914.

Greenville Banking and Trust Building (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1910

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1910
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: 471 S. Evans St., Greenville, NC
Status: Altered
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record of Jan. 2, 1913, reported that the Greenville Banking and Trust would erect a bank building from plans by Benton and Moore.

Hassell-James Building (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1914

Variant Name(s):
  • James and Hassell Office Building
Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: 105 W. 3rd St., Greenville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

Manufacturers' Record, Feb. 5, 1914.

W. L. Best House (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: 537 Evans St., Greenville, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

Manufacturers' Record, Feb. 5, 1914.

Ayden School (Ayden, Pitt County)

Pitt Ayden

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Ayden, Pitt County
Street Address: W. 3rd St., Ayden, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Educational
Note:

Manufacturers' Record, Feb. 5, 1914.

Elizabeth City Hospital (Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County)

Pasquotank Elizabeth City

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914-1915
Location: Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County
Street Address: 1301 Carolina Ave., Elizabeth City, NC
Status: Altered
Type:
  • Health Care
Images Published In:
  • Thomas R. Butchko, On the Shores of the Pasquotank: The Architectural Heritage of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County, North Carolina (1989).
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record of March 5, 1914, reported that Dr. John Soliba and Benton and Moore, architects, would receive bids to erected the Elizabeth City Hospital, 3 stories, steam heat, tile roof, to cost $25,000. As pictured by Butchko, the edifice was among the most imposing hospital buildings of its day, a massive, generally symmetrical brick building, two stories on a raised basement with a Corinthian portico and dome more typical of a courthouse than a hospital. It was greatly altered later in the 20th century. In 1988 the architects' original rendering was on display at the Albemarle Hospital. Its present whereabouts is uncertain.

Elizabeth City Hospital

Borroughs-Pittman-Wheeler Co. Building (Scotland Neck, Halifax County)

Halifax Scotland Neck

1915

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1915
Location: Scotland Neck, Halifax County
Street Address: Scotland Neck, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record of April 2, 1914, noted that Benton and Moore had planned a building for the Borroughs-Pittman-Wheeler Co., 50 by 106 feet, 3 stories.

Cooper Building (Fayetteville, Cumberland County)

Cumberland Fayetteville

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Street Address: Fayetteville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

Manufacturers' Record, Feb. 19, 1914.

Fayetteville Infirmary (Fayetteville, Cumberland County)

Cumberland Fayetteville

1912

Variant Name(s):
  • Cumberland General Hospital
Contributors:
Dates: 1912
Location: Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Street Address: Fayetteville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Health Care
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record, June 27, 1912, said that Benton and Moore were preparing plans for a 4-story hospital in Fayetteville. On Aug. 1 the journal said that the Fayetteville Infirmary Co. had awarded a contract to Wilkins Construction Co. of Wilson—a 58 x 88 foot, 3-story facility of "mill construction," with hot water heat, electric lighting, and a hand-operated elevator, to cost $15,000. It later became Cumberland General Hospital and still later a hotel.

Fayetteville Infirmary

Rainey Hospital (Burlington, Alamance County)

Alamance Burlington

1915

Variant Name(s):
  • Alamance General Hospital
Contributors:
Dates: 1915-1916
Location: Burlington, Alamance County
Street Address: Rainey St., Burlington, NC
Status: Altered
Type:
  • Health Care
Images Published In:
  • Don Bolden, Burlington (2009).
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record of Jan. 14, 1915, reported that Benton and Moore of Wilson were architects for a hospital to be erected in Burlington, 75 x 80 feet, electric elevator, to cost $20,000. Sponsored by Dr. Rainey Parker and known as the Rainey Hospital, it is similar to but somewhat simpler than the Elizabeth City hospital. Later known as Alamance General Hospital and succeeded in the mid-20th century by a new facility, the large neoclassical building has been converted to a new use and has been altered with the addition of large wings.

R. S. Wells House (Elm City, Wilson County)

Wilson Elm City

1910

Contributors:
Dates: 1910
Location: Elm City, Wilson County
Street Address: 301 E. Main St., Elm City, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno, Wilson County's Architectural Heritage (1981).
Note:

The "Southern Colonial" style house features a portico with Corinthian columns. According to Kate Ohno, the specifications for the house, built for local merchant Redmond Stanley Wells, were dated 1909, and the house was built in 1910.

Harper Hall (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1950

Contributors:
Dates: 1950s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: Barton College Campus, Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Educational

Moore-Herring Hospital (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1914

Contributors:
Dates: 1914
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: SW corner of Douglas St. and Greene St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Health Care
Note:

The postcard view of the hospital features a rare example of a drawing signed by Benton and Moore.

Moore-Herring Hospital

North Wilkesboro Town Hall (North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County)

Wilkes North Wilkesboro

1939

Contributors:
Dates: 1939
Location: North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County
Street Address: 801 Main (formerly B) St., North Wilkesboro, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Public
Note:

The WPA-assisted building shows the Benton firm's use of simplified modernist design elements. After the town hall function moved to a former bank, the structure housed the police station.

Washington County Courthouse (Plymouth, Washington County)

Washington Plymouth

1918

Contributors:
Dates: 1918-1919
Location: Plymouth, Washington County
Street Address: NE corner of Adams St. and Main St., Plymouth, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Public

Washington County Courthouse

Walter McCanless House (Salisbury, Rowan County)

Rowan Salisbury

1929

Contributors:
Dates: 1929
Location: Salisbury, Rowan County
Street Address: 204 Confederate Ave., Salisbury, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Davyd Foard Hood, The Architecture of Rowan County North Carolina: A Catalogue and History of Surviving 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Century Structures (1983).
Note:

The large and luxurious Renaissance Revival style mansion, built of buff brick with a green tile roof, is the grandest residence of its era in Salisbury.

Lloyd and Lillian Turnage House (Ayden, Pitt County)

Pitt Ayden

1922

Contributors:
Dates: 1922
Location: Ayden, Pitt County
Street Address: 811 W. 3rd St., Ayden, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (1996).
  • Scott Power, The Historical Architecture of Pitt County, North Carolina (1991).
Note:

The especially well-detailed bungalow has a deep porch that extends as a porte cochere. Drawings (blueprints) and specifications for the house are in the Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Lloyd and Lillian Turnage House

Bank of Farmville (Farmville, Pitt County)

Pitt Farmville

1921

Contributors:
Dates: 1921
Location: Farmville, Pitt County
Street Address: 129 S. Main St., Farmville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (1996).
  • Scott Power, The Historical Architecture of Pitt County, North Carolina (1991).
Note:

This is one of the firm's several neoclassical banks designed to take advantage of their prominent corner locations, here with a full-height Doric portico in antis and pilasters along the side.

Bank of Farmville

William H. and Jennie M. Long House (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1917

Contributors:
Dates: 1917-1918
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: 200 E. 4th St., Greenville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Michael Cotter, Kate Ohno, and Mary Hollis Barnes, The Architectural Heritage of Greenville, North Carolina (1989).
Note:

Among the grandest residences in Greenville, the Colonial Revival style brick house features a large portico with columns in the Tower of the Winds order.

Van Dyke Furniture Company Building (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: Greenville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Commercial

Pitt Theatre (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1935

Contributors:
Dates: 1935
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: 509 S. Evans St., Greenville, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

The downtown theatre displayed Charles C. Benton, Sr.,'s favored Colonial Revival style. It burned about 1980. It is not clear whether it was designed by the firm of Benton and Benton or that of Benton and Son.

Albion Dunn House (Greenville, Pitt County)

Pitt Greenville

1919

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1919
Location: Greenville, Pitt County
Street Address: 707 W. 4th St., Greenville, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Michael Cotter, Kate Ohno, and Mary Hollis Barnes, The Architectural Heritage of Greenville, North Carolina (1989).

Fire Engine Company No. 2 Building (Rocky Mount, Nash County)

Nash Rocky Mount

1924

Contributors:
Dates: 1924
Location: Rocky Mount, Nash County
Street Address: 404 S. Church St., Rocky Mount, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Public
Note:

A brick building with stone-framed fire engine doors and a tile roof.

Montgomery County Courthouse (Troy, Montgomery County)

Montgomery Troy

1921

Contributors:
Dates: 1921
Location: Troy, Montgomery County
Street Address: SE corner of E. Main St. and S. Main St., Troy, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Public
Note:

Built of tan brick and cast stone, the courthouse features a full-height Doric portico.

Montgomery County Courthouse

Williamston City Hall (Williamston, Martin County)

Martin Williamston

1960

Contributors:
Dates: 1960
Location: Williamston, Martin County
Street Address: 102 E. Main St., Williamston, NC
Status: Altered
Type:
  • Public
Note:

One of Benton's last projects, the modernist design contrasts with his predominantly revivalist work.

Farmers and Merchants Bank (Kinston, Lenoir County)

Lenoir Kinston

1924

Contributors:
Dates: 1924
Location: Kinston, Lenoir County
Street Address: 200 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • M. Ruth Little, Coastal Plain and Fancy: The Historic Architecture of Lenoir County and Kinston, North Carolina (1998).
Note:

The lower portion of the bank displays an Ionic-columned entrance in antis typical of the firm's banks of the period, but the building's 5-story height reads as a small skyscraper, unusual in eastern North Carolina's small towns and indicative of Kinston's stature as a market town. In its day it was the tallest structure in town. Local accounts indicate that the building had the first registered elevator in the state, designated Elevator No. 1 by the State of North Carolina. The postcard view of Queen St. shows the bank as the tallest building on the left side of the street.

Caswell Center Buildings (Kinston, Lenoir County)

Lenoir Kinston

1950

Contributors:
Dates: 1950s
Location: Kinston, Lenoir County
Street Address: 2415 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston vicinity, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Educational
Images Published In:
  • M. Ruth Little, Coastal Plain and Fancy: The Historic Architecture of Lenoir County and Kinston, North Carolina (1998).
Note:

During the 1950s and 1960s the Benton firm and C. C. Benton, Jr., designed several buildings (dormitories and administrative buildings) at the Caswell Center, a facility established in 1911, which includes buildings from several eras and architects.

Kinston Union Station (Kinston, Lenoir County)

Lenoir Kinston

1924

Contributors:
Dates: 1924
Location: Kinston, Lenoir County
Street Address: E. Caswell St. at Davis St., Kinston, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Transportation
Note:

The postcard view of the station features a rare example of a drawing signed by Benton and Benton.

Kinston Union Station

Lonnie L. Thomas House (Jonesboro, Lee County)

Lee Jonesboro

1941

Contributors:
Dates: 1941
Location: Jonesboro, Lee County
Street Address: 2002 Lee Ave., Jonesboro, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • J. Daniel Pezzoni, The History & Architecture of Lee County, North Carolina (1995).
Note:

Benton and Son's Specifications for the Colonial Revival style house are in the Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC.

Arthur H. McIver House (Sanford, Lee County)

Lee Sanford

1939

Contributors:
  • Charles C. Benton, Sr., architect;
  • Henry Benton, architect;
  • Charles C. Benton and Son, architects;
  • Leslie P. Cox, contractor
Dates: 1939
Location: Sanford, Lee County
Street Address: 1020 Carthage St., Sanford, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • J. Daniel Pezzoni, The History & Architecture of Lee County, North Carolina (1995).
Note:

The imposing Colonial Revival residence features a tall portico inspired by that at Mount Vernon.

Selma Graded School (Selma, Johnston County)

Johnston Selma

1922

Contributors:
Dates: 1922
Location: Selma, Johnston County
Street Address: W. Richardson St., Selma, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Educational

Selma Graded School

Enfield Masonic Temple (Enfield, Halifax County)

Halifax Enfield

1924

Contributors:
Dates: 1924-1925
Location: Enfield, Halifax County
Street Address: S.E. Railroad St. at Market St., Enfield, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Fraternal
Images Published In:
  • Henry V. Taves, The Historic Architecture of Halifax County, North Carolina (2010).
Note:

The 3 1/2-story building in blond brick overlooks the railroad and dominates the downtown streetscape.

Enfield Masonic Temple

Halifax County Home and Tubercular Hospital (Halifax, Halifax County)

Halifax Halifax

1923

Contributors:
Dates: 1923
Location: Halifax, Halifax County
Street Address: NC 903, Halifax vicinity, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Public
Images Published In:
  • Henry V. Taves, The Historic Architecture of Halifax County, North Carolina (2010).
Note:

The firm employed a symmetrical design in Colonial Revival style for the building, one of several such facilities for care of the poor and the sick in the early 20th century.

Citizens Bank (Edenton, Chowan County)

Chowan Edenton

1924

Contributors:
Dates: 1924
Location: Edenton, Chowan County
Street Address: 216 S. Broad St., Edenton, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Thomas R. Butchko, Edenton, an Architectural Portrait: The Historic Architecture of Edenton, North Carolina (1992).
Note:

Representative of many neoclassically composed banks of the early 20th century, the stone edifice on a prominent corner features a Doric order in the first story and Ionic ones above.

Hickory Drugstore (Hickory, Catawba County)

Catawba Hickory

1924

Contributors:
Dates: 1924
Location: Hickory, Catawba County
Street Address: Hickory, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record in 1924 noted that Benton and Benton were architects for a drugstore in Hickory, which was to feature ornamental terra cotta.

Morehead City Hospital (Morehead City, Carteret County)

Carteret Morehead City

1918

Contributors:
Dates: 1918
Location: Morehead City, Carteret County
Street Address: 9th St. and Shackleford St., Morehead City, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Health Care
Note:

The Manufacturers' Record of April 18, 1918, reported that the Morehead City Hospital had plans by Benton and Benton, Wilson for a general hospital building at 9th St. and Shackleford St.; 80 x 80 ft., brick; slate roof; wood floors; cost $15,000; steam heat; $3000; electric lights $1000; electric elevator $1200 bids to be opened April 23 or 24; construction to begin May 1. The hospital was founded by Dr. Ben Royal, who had begun a smaller facility in 1911. The red brick hospital overlooked the water.

Morehead City Hospital

Lenoir High School (Lenoir, Caldwell County)

Caldwell Lenoir

1922

Contributors:
Dates: 1922
Location: Lenoir, Caldwell County
Street Address: 100 Willow St., Lenoir, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Educational
Note:

Typical of the consolidated high schools of its era, the large brick building, 220 feet long, features classical detailing.

Lenoir High School

Tate Block (Morganton, Burke County)

Burke Morganton

1941

Contributors:
Dates: 1941
Location: Morganton, Burke County
Street Address: Corner of E. Union St. and N. Sterling St., Morganton, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • J. Randall Cotton, Suzanne Pickens Wylie, and Millie M. Barbee, Historic Burke: An Architectural Inventory of Burke County, North Carolina (1987).

Bank of Washington (Washington, Beaufort County)

Beaufort Washington

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920
Location: Washington, Beaufort County
Street Address: 192 W. Main St., Washington, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Note:

Successor to the first, antebellum Bank of Washington, which still stands a short distance away, the four-story brick and stone bank features large Doric columns in antis.

Bowers-Tripp House (Washington, Beaufort County)

Beaufort Washington

1921

Contributors:
Dates: 1921
Location: Washington, Beaufort County
Street Address: 1040 N. Market St., Washington, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Note:

The large residence in tan brick shows the firm's favored Colonial Revival style.

Brown Library (Washington, Beaufort County)

Beaufort Washington

1952

Contributors:
Dates: 1952-1954
Location: Washington, Beaufort County
Street Address: 122 Van Norden St., Washington, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Educational
Note:

The library combines traditional symmetry and red brick with white trim with the simplified forms of modernism.

First Reformed United Church of Christ (Burlington, Alamance County)

Alamance Burlington

1940

Variant Name(s):
  • First German Reformed United Church of Christ
Contributors:
Dates: 1940-1941
Location: Burlington, Alamance County
Street Address: 513 S. Front St., Burlington, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Religious
Images Published In:
  • Allison Harris Black, An Architectural History of Burlington, North Carolina (1987).
Note:

The red brick church in Romanesque Revival style displays the strong forms and boldly contrasting white detailing that characterize many Lutheran and Reformed churches in the North Carolina Piedmont.

Charles C. Benton, Sr.'s Work Locations

Bibliography

  • Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (1996).
  • Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina (2003).
  • Catherine W. Bishir, Michael T. Southern, and Jennifer F. Martin, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina (1999).
  • M. Ruth Little, Coastal Plain and Fancy: The Historic Architecture of Lenoir County and Kinston, North Carolina (1998).
  • Manufacturers' Record, various issues.
  • Kate Ohno, Wilson County's Architectural Heritage (1981).
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
  • Scott Power, The Historical Architecture of Pitt County, North Carolina (1991).
  • Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • John E. Wells and Robert E. Dalton, The Virginia Architects, 1835-1955: A Biographical Dictionary (1997).
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