Lightner, C. E

Variant Name(s):

Calvin Esau Lightner

Birthplace:

Winnsboro, S. C.

Residences:

  • Raleigh, N.C.

Trades:

  • Contractor
  • Architect

Styles & Forms:

Craftsman; Gothic Revival

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  • C. E. Lightner House

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner, builder
    Dates:

    1907

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    419 South East St., Raleigh, Wake County

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential


  • Captain James E. Hamlin House

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1908

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    730 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, Wake County

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Note:

    In 1910, the United States Census listed James E. Hamlin as a druggist who owned his own business, probably the Hamlin Drugstore that would stand on East Hargett Street for many years to come, operated by the same family.


  • Davie Street Presbyterian Church

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    1920

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    300 East Davie St., Raleigh, Wake County

    Status:

    Standing

    Type:

    Religious


  • Dr. Lovelace B. Capehart House

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    1925

    Location:
    Raleigh, Wake County
    Street Address:

    310 Davie St.

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Note:

    The United States Censuses of 1910 and 1920 listed Lovelace B. Capehart, Jr. as a medical doctor. His death certificate notes that he was born in Bertie County, N. C., a county where that family name was frequent.


  • Dr. and Mrs. Lewyn Eugene and Mamie Roberts McCauley House

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1910

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    8 N. Tarboro Rd., Raleigh, Wake County

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential


  • John H. Branch House

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1914

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    237 W. Worth St., Raleigh, Wake County

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Note:

    John H. Branch House was a principal of Washington High School in Raleigh, one of the first public high schools for black students in the state. The United States Census of 1910 listed him as a teacher in a city school.


  • Lightner Arcade and Hotel

    Contributors:
    C.E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    1921

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    122 E. Hargett St. Raleigh, Wake County, NC

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Commercial

    Images Published In:

    Linda Simmons-Henry and Linda Harris Edmisten, Culture Town: Life in Raleigh’s African American Communities (1993).
    Catherine W. Bishir, Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Ernest H. Wood, III Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (1990).

    Note:

    The photograph of the Lightner Arcade in Architects and Builders in North Carolina shows it under construction with a group of men in front of it, presumably the builders and possibly Mr. Lightner.


  • Lightner Office Building

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    1919

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    125 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, Wake County

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Commercial


  • Mary B. Talbert Home

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1939

    Location:
    Raleigh, Wake County
    Street Address:

    E. Davie St.,

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential


  • Mechanics and Farmers Bank

    Contributors:
    Rose and Rose , architects; C.E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    1921

    Location:
    Durham, NC, Durham County
    Street Address:

    116 Parrish St., Durham, Durham County, NC

    Status:

    Standing

    Type:

    Commercial

    Images Published In:

    Claudia Roberts [Brown], The Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory (1982).


  • Professor Gaston A. Edwards House

    Contributors:
    C.E. Lightner, builder
    Dates:

    ca. 1908

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    318 South St., Raleigh, Wake County

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Note:

    Gaston Alonzo Edwards, the state’s first black licensed architect and a teacher Shaw University, probably enabled C. E. Lightner to learn architectural as well as construction skills.


  • Professor W. H. Fuller House

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1910

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC, Wake County
    Street Address:

    20 or 21 Worth St., Raleigh, Wake County

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Note:

    William H. Fuller was a teacher who became the principal of Washington High School (one of the first black high schools in the state) in the 1930s. The W. H. Fuller Elementary School was named for him.


  • Rev. George W. Moore House

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1918

    Location:
    Raleigh, Wake County
    Street Address:

    748 Fayetteville St.

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Note:

    The Reverend George W. Moore was a minister at a Baptist Church.


  • Rev. Moses Williams House

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    1920

    Location:
    Raleigh, Wake County
    Street Address:

    739 Fayetteville St.

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential


  • William W. Robbins at 232 South Boylan Avenue in Raleigh’s Boylan Heights

    Contributors:
    C. E. Lightner and Brothers, contractors; Lightner, C. E (1878-1960), architect
    Dates:

    ca. 1903-1909

    Location:
    Raleigh, Wake County
    Street Address:

    232 S. Boylan Ave.,

    Status:

    No longer standing

    Type:

    Residential

    Note:

    The Robbins House was located in the white suburb of Boylan Heights, but its address indicates that it stood near the railroad bridge location and is no longer standing.


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