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Moore, Solon B. (1872-1930)

Variant Name(s):
  • Solon Balias Moore
Birthplace: Cleveland County, North Carolina, USA
Residences:
  • Wilson, North Carolina
Trades:
  • Architect
NC Work Locations:
  • Burlington, Alamance County
  • Alamance
  • Fayetteville, Cumberland County
  • Cumberland
  • Scotland Neck, Halifax County
  • Halifax
  • Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County
  • Pasquotank
  • Ayden, Pitt County
  • Pitt
  • Farmville, Pitt County
  • Pitt
  • Greenville, Pitt County
  • Pitt
  • Elm City, Wilson County
  • Wilson
  • Wilson, Wilson County
  • Wilson
Building Types:
  • Commercial;
  • Health Care;
  • Public;
  • Religious;
  • Residential
Styles & Forms:
  • Colonial Revival;
  • Gothic Revival;
  • Tudor Revival

Maplewood Cemetery Gates [Wilson]

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Maplewood Cemetery Gates [Wilson]

Biography

Solon B. (Balias) Moore (May 17, 1872-January 16, 1930) practiced architecture in Wilson for more than twenty years, briefly with Charles C. Benton, Sr., in 1910-1915 and then for sixteen years on his own. Arriving early in Wilson's emergence as the leading bright leaf tobacco market in America and one of the wealthiest towns of its size in the nation, he figured prominently among the architects and builders who designed the Colonial Revival residences and robustly detailed bungalows for which the town is renowned.

Moore was born in the Waco community in Cleveland County in the foothills of North Carolina, the son of Dr. Simpson T. Moore, a dentist, and Elizabeth Moss. Educated in local rural schools, he learned the carpentry trade beginning at age fourteen. Little is known of his early manhood except that he is said by descendants to have worked as a carpenter in South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Virginia, and Louisiana as well as in his home state. He married Shelby Tarleton in Rowan County in 1897, and the couple lived in Gastonia and had at least two children, Fedy and Myrtle, before divorcing about 1905.

In 1900, Moore identified himself to the census taker as an architect. Family tradition states that Moore studied architecture at night while practicing carpentry during the day. Late in 1905 he moved east to Wilson, probably drawn by its rapid growth and its tobacconists' rising demand for construction of all kinds. He brought with him his daughter Myrtle, and for a time the two lived with Solon's brother John and his wife Sarah. In 1908 the city directory listed Solon as a foreman, but the 1910 United States census noted him as an architect, residing with his daughter Myrtle in the home of his widowed sister-in-law Doney (Sarah?) Moore. By 1920 Moore had married Flossie Davis of Wilson and his household included his wife, their daughter Sarah, and his grown daughter Myrtle.

None of Moore's work in Gastonia has been identified, and few of his early commissions in Wilson, with the exception of the W. G. Carr House (ca. 1907), a frame residence in Colonial Revival style built for a tobacco warehouse owner.

In about 1910 Moore went into partnership with young Wilson architect, Charles C. Benton, Sr. Their brief but prolific partnership (ca. 1910-ca. 1915) produced several imposing neoclassical edifices in Wilson including two hospitals and the large, columned Fidelity Mutual Life Building, the Gothic Revival style St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and a number of residences. Developing a specialty in the growing health care business, beyond Wilson they designed the imposing, neoclassical Elizabeth City Hospital and, one of their last projects together, the simpler but similar Rainey Hospital in Burlington. The firm frequently sent notices of their projects to the Manufacturers' Record.

After the partnership ended, Charles Benton formed the firm of Benton and Benton with his brother Frank W. Benton and took on projects in many communities, while Moore's practice concentrated in Wilson. Over the following sixteen years, Moore planned several commercial buildings in classical styles, at least one tobacco warehouse, and numerous residences. His houses in the Colonial Revival style often featured semi-circular porticoes and tile roofs. His imaginative and highly livable bungalows contributed to Wilson notable collection of such dwellings, large and small. Moore's bungalows, as exemplified by the Selby Anderson House, were generally built of brick, sometimes featuring shingles and half-timbering. His own home, built in 1924, displayed the gambrel-roofed Dutch Colonial style. Moore's residences stand throughout much of the western residential sector of town, including those along the architecturally illustrious residential avenues of West Nash Street and Raleigh Road.

Moore died in Wilson on January 16, 1930 and was buried on January 18 in Maplewood Cemetery. His pall bearers included leading local citizens and prominent contractors Will and Rob Wilkins, J. B. Batton, W. M. Jones, and Sam Winstead of Wilson, and D. J. Rose of Rocky Mount.

Editor's note: Most of the Wilson buildings cited to Moore in the building list were identified by Kate Ohno in the 1970s from a collection of Moore's photographs and records held by a descendant, which permitted an unusually complete picture of his works. Not all of the projects cited to Benton and Moore in the Manufacturers' Record have been confirmed.

Author: Kate Ohno. Update: Catherine W. Bishir and Lu-Ann Monson.

Published 2012

Building List

Grady Building (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1919

Variant Name(s):
  • Wilson Theatre
Contributors:
Dates: 1919
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 108 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial

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.

A. L. Lancaster House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 206 Raleigh Rd. (S), Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

A Colonial Revival residence with a neoclassical porch and eyebrow dormers.

A. N. Daniel House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1925

Contributors:
Dates: 1925
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 209 Goldsboro St. (N), Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

B. Vance Forbes House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1006 Branch St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential

Ben T. Smith House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1928

Contributors:
Dates: 1928
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1505 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

C. W. Stokes House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 209 Broad St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

Carroll Building (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1922

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1922
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 315 E. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

The 3-story, classically detailed brick building typfies Moore's commercial buildings and the character of downtown Wilson.

Claude V. Garner House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1928

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1928
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 707 Broad St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

A representative example of Moore's 2-story, brick Colonial Revival residences with a full-height central portico sheltering a 1-story, curved entrance portico.

Clyde Farmer House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: W. Vance St., Wilson, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential

Connor C. Harriss House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: W. Vance St., Wilson, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential

Davis Building (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1916

Contributors:
Dates: 1916
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 200 E. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

The straightforward, classically detailed 4-story brick building anchors a key corner in downtown Wilson.

Douglas Aycock House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1926

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1926
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

E. L. Tarkenton House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Altered
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

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

Fire Station No. 1 (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1926

Contributors:
Dates: 1926
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 209 N. Douglas St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Public
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

Designed in a form and style compatible with nearby residential architecture,the 2-story brick station features a broad overhanging roof and big brackets evoking the Craftsman and Mission styles.

Frederick Flowers House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1925

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1925
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 906 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

G. Erick Bell House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1922

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1922
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 800 W. Vance St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

The expansive, foursquare brick house featured a wraparound porch and Craftsman details.

Gordon B. Jones House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1925

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1925
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 207 Clyde Ave., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

H. B. Culbreth House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 215 Raleigh Rd., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

H. Mosley Hussey House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1131 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

Harry W. Abbitt House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1926

Contributors:
Dates: 1926
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1105 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

The large, brick Colonial Revival residence with 1-story porch is one of the row of handsome houses lining W. Nash St., displaying designs by a variety of local and out-of-town architects.

Hewland Branch House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1925

Contributors:
Dates: 1925-1928
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 313 Sunset Dr., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

I. Leroy Darden House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1926

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1926
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1109 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

J. A. Clark House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 907 Broad St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

John L. Wiggins House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920-1921
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 315 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

Joseph C. Eagles House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1909

Contributors:
Dates: 1909
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 605 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

L. D. Knott House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: W. Green St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Residential

L. V. Grady House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1923

Contributors:
Dates: 1923-1925
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1527 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

M. P. Churchwell House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 202 S. Connor St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

Maplewood Cemetery Gates (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1922

Contributors:
Dates: 1922
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: Corner of Maplewood Ave. and Woodard St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Public
Images Published In:
  • Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (1996).
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

Among the state's best examples of a cemetery gateway, Maplewood is unusual in its Mission style with twin towers, arched openings, and tile roofs.

Maplewood Cemetery Gates

Marshall Ferrell House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: Kenan St., Wilson, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential

Robert C. Hutcherson House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 202 Raleigh Rd., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

S. B. Moore House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1924

Contributors:
Dates: 1924
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1402 W. Gold St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

Samuel Agnew House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1210 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

Selby Anderson House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1917

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1917
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 901 W. Nash St., Wilson, 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).
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

One of the most outstanding of Wilson's many notable bungalows, the Anderson house is exceptional for its bold massing, deep porch, and combination of Tudor Revival and Craftsman style details. It stands on a key corner on W. Nash St. It was built for a tobacco pioneer and banker. The photograph shows the house on the left.

Selby Anderson House

Smith Warehouse (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1927

Contributors:
Dates: 1927-1928
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 410 S. Goldsboro St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (1996).
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

The brick warehouse, encompassing an entire city block, was one of the largest of several such tobacco warehouses in town; Moore is credited with its design with patterned brickwork and stepped gables. Few examples of this important building type survive.

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.

T. J. Foote House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1005 W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

Terminal Inn (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 400-412 E. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

A railroad hotel of brick with curved gables akin to the depot across the street.

Thomas E. Dillon House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1922

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1922
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 911 Broad St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

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.

W. G. Carr House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1907

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1907
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 109 Whitehead Ave., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

W. J. Davis House (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 600 block W. Nash St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Residential

Welfare's Garage (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1922

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1922
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 119 N. Goldsboro St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Commercial
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

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.

Wilson Primitive Baptist Church (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1920

Contributors:
Dates: Ca. 1920-1921
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 301 Green St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Religious
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
Note:

In contrast to the spartanly simple rural churches of the denomination, Wilson's Primitive Baptists had Moore design a small but robust Gothic Revival brick building.

Winstead School (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1918

Contributors:
Dates: 1918
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 1713 Downing St., Wilson, NC
Status: No longer standing
Type:
  • Educational

Women's Club of Wilson (Wilson, Wilson County)

Wilson Wilson

1922

Contributors:
Dates: 1922-1925
Location: Wilson, Wilson County
Street Address: 402 Broad St., Wilson, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Fraternal
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).

Leslie S. Farmer House (Elm City, Wilson County)

Wilson Elm City

1928

Contributors:
Dates: 1928
Location: Elm City, Wilson County
Street Address: SE corner of Parker St. and North St., Elm City, NC
Status: Standing
Type:
  • Residential
Images Published In:
  • Kate Ohno, Wilson County's Architectural Heritage (1981).

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.

J. M. Hobgood House (Farmville, Pitt County)

Pitt Farmville

1920

Contributors:
Dates: 1920s
Location: Farmville, Pitt County
Street Address: Farmville, NC
Status: Unknown
Type:
  • Residential

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.

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

Solon B. Moore's Work Locations

Bibliography

  • R.D.W. Connor, North Carolina: Rebuilding an Ancient Commonwealth, Volume III (1928).
  • Michael Cotter, Kate Ohno, and Mary Hollis Barnes, The Architectural Heritage of Greenville, North Carolina (1989).
  • Industrial and Commercial Wilson, North Carolina (1912).
  • Manufacturers' Record, various issues.
  • S. B. Moore Photograph Collection, private collection of Mrs. Thorpe Smith.
  • Kate Ohno, Wilson County's Architectural Heritage (1981).
  • Kate Ohno and Robert C. Bainbridge, Wilson, North Carolina, Historic Buildings Inventory (1980).
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