MC 00225 Guide to the North Carolina Buildings Collection, 1893-1990

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[Flat Box 2, Folder 3]
Plans for small, frame railroad depot, early 20th century.
Reevy, Tony
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Raleigh Division.
Creedmoor (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Railroad stations--North Carolina--Creedmoor
"Seaboard Coast Line Rail Rd. Co, Raleigh Division, Creedmoor N.C. station, drawn by A. Reevy,", 1979 (Project no. 2)
(Measured drawings of existing building: perspective, details, electrical plan, elevations, floor plan, foundation plan, plot plan, site plan on 8 sheets) : pencil on vellum ; 12 x 18 in. Scale varies.
[Flat Folder 1]
Gothic-detailed skyscraper with arcade base designed in 1926. The arcade was completed in 1929, but the tower was never built.
Bishop, Fred A.
Parker, Charles Newton, 1885-1961
Arcades--North Carolina--Asheville
Asheville (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Gothic revival (Architecture)--North Carolina--Asheville
Skyscrapers--North Carolina--Asheville
Elevation on 1 sheet, undated (Project no. 3)
1 blue line print ; 46 x 24 in. No scale given.
The Hamlet railroad station stands at the intersection of major North-South and East-West railway lines. A deep pent roof supported by brackets shelters the platform, a typical feature of turn-of-the-century railroad architecture. The Hamlet station is distinguished from simpler stations by the swelling bay of its round waiting room, located in the "elbow" of the L-shaped building.
Seaboard Air Line Railway Company. Office of Chief Engineer.
Seaboard Air Line Railway Company. Office of Engineer of Buildings.
Seaboard Air Line Railway Company.
Hamlet (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Railroad stations--North Carolina--Hamlet
[Flat Folder 2] "S.A.L Passenger Depot for Hamlet / Chief Engineer's Office, Portsmouth, Va.,", 1900 and undated (Project no. 4)
(plans, elevations, details, site plan on 11 sheets) : sepia and blue line prints : various sizes. Scale varies.
[Flat Folder 2] Proposals for extensions and changes to station, and proposal for ice house, by Seaboard Air Line Railway Co., Office of Engineer of Buildings, Norfolk, Va., 1942-1944 (Project no. 4)
(plans, details, sections, schedules on 6 sheets) : sepia prints ; 26 x 37 in. Scale varies.
[Flat Folder 3] Reduced photocopies of contents of 225.4.1 (Project no. 4)
(17 sheets)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 1]
Laprade, William Thomas, 1883-1975
Linthicum, H. Colvin
W. A. Wilkerson & Sons.
Construction contracts--North Carolina--Durham
Dwellings--Specifications--North Carolina--Durham
"Specification for a residence for Dr. W. T. Laprade" (Project no. 05)
(includes bond, dated 7th July 1916; Contract between owner and contractor, dated 5th June 1916; and Specifications, undated) : typescript.
Certificate from Hill C. Linthicum, AIA, and H. Colvin Linthicum, associate architects, certifying payment by W.T. Laprade of first payment to W.A. Wilkerson and Sons, contractors, dated, July 15th, 1916. (Project no. 05)
"Specifications for Mr. L.L. Thomas residence, Lee St., Jonesboro ...,", 1941 (Project no. 06)
A small, Craftsman style bungalow.
Benton & Benton.
Turnage, L. E.
Arts and crafts movement--North Carolina
Bungalows--North Carolina--Ayden
Dwellings--Specifications--North Carolina--Ayden
[Flat Folder 4] Working drawings, 1922 (Project no. 07)
(5 sheets) : vintage blue prints ; 21 x 29 in. (2 copies)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 3] "Specifications for residence, Mr. L.E. Turnage, Ayden, N.C.,", 1922 (Project no. 07)
typescript (2 copies)
A small modernist house, designed for NC State faculty member George Poland (Foreign Languages and Literature Dept.).
Originals in The Papers and Drawings of George Matsumoto, FAIA, (Manuscript Collection 42)
Koontz, Wayne
Matsumoto, George, 1922-
Poland, George W.
Dwellings--North Carolina--Raleigh
Raleigh (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
[Flat Folder 5] Working drawings, 1954 November 10 (Project no. 9)
(10 sheets) : blue line print ; 24 x 36 in. Scale varies (2 copies)
[Flat Box 2, Folder 4] Preliminary drawings, schemes A, B, C, rev. C, and D, undated (Project no. 9)
(plans on 5 sheets) : blue line print ; 15 x 19 in. Scale: 1/4 in. = 1 ft.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 4] Preliminary drawings, rev. scheme C (2nd revision, ), 1954 June 28 (Project no. 9)
(plans and elevations on 4 sheets ; blue line print ; 15 x 19 in. (2 copies, one with revisions in pencil)
The neo-classical D.H. Hill Library was designed by Hobart Upjohn and built in 1926. Following the Library's relocation to a new building on central campus in the mid 1950's, the building became the home of the School of Design and was renamed Brooks Hall in honor of former NC State College president E.C. Brooks. In 1954, F. Carter Williams designed a modernist addition in collaboration with School of Design faculty member George Matsumoto.
Matsumoto, George, 1922-
North Carolina State University. School of Design.
Williams, F. Carter (Fred Carter), 1913-2000
Architecture, Modern--North Carolina--20th century
Library buildings--North Carolina--Designs and plans
Neoclassicism (Architecture)--North Carolina--Raleigh
Raleigh (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
[Flat Folder 12] "N.C. State College Library, Measured Drawings / F. Carter Williams AIA," commission no. 76, 1949 (Project no. 10)
(plans, sections, and elevations on 7 sheets) : pencil on tracing paper ; 20 x 31 in.
[Flat Folder 13] "N.C. State College, School of Design, Changes and As-Built Drawings / F. Carter Williams AIA," commission no. 76, 1955 (Project no. 10)
(plans, details, sections and elevations on 5 sheets) : pencil on vellum ; 25 x 36 in
[Flat Folder 14] "School of Design, addition and alterations to Brooks Building / F. Carter Williams AIA, architect ...; Bernard Crocker, engineer ...; School of Design collaborating; George Matsumoto, consulting architect;" commission no. 76, 1954 (Project no. 10)
(working drawings on 39 sheets) : pencil on vellum and sepia print ; 25 x 36 in.
[Flat Folder 14] Index, Architectural (sheets 1 - 16) (Project no. 10)
[Flat Folder 15] Structural (S1 - S4) (Project no. 10)
[Flat Folder 15] Mechanical (M1) (Project no. 10)
[Flat Folder 15] Plumbing (P1 - P3) (Project no. 10)
[Flat Folder 15] Heating (H1 - H8) (Project no. 10)
[Flat Folder 15] Electrical (E1 - E4) (Project no. 10)
[Flat Folder 15] Ventilation (V1 - V2) (Project no. 10)
[Flat Folder 7]
Frank K. Thomson and partner Charles W. Barrett were exponents of the Colonial Revival (or so-called Southern Colonial) movement in domestic architecture. Their booklet "Colonial Southern Homes" helped to popularize the style. The floor plans of the Vann residence, with its symmetrical plan and central, recessed portico of two stories flanked by terraces on the ground floor, suggest a Colonial Revival facade.
Thomson, Frank K.
Vann, A. H. (Aldridge Henry), 1880-1950
Colonial revival (Architecture)--North Carolina--Franklinton
Franklinton (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Cover sheet, floor plans, undated (Project no. 11)
(3 sheets) : pencil on tracing paper ; 22 x 27 in.
Blue line prints of originals, undated (Project no. 11)
(3 sheets)
[Flat Folder 8]
A craftsman style bungalow with characteristic bracketed eaves, square porch pillars, and decorative gable trusses.
Thomson, Frank K.
Vann, A. H. (Aldridge Henry), 1880-1950
Bungalows--North Carolina--Newton
Newton (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
"Dr. H.E. Rowe, Newton, N.C. / Q.E. Herman, architect, Hickory, N.C.,", undated (Project no. 12)
(plans, elevations, and details on 10 sheets) : vintage blueprints ; 17 x 22 in.
"Ground Plan for Dr. H.E. Rowe, M.D., Newton, N.C. / Howard Hickory Co., Hickory, N.C., Landscape Dept.,", 1920 (Project no. 12)
(1 sheet) : vintage blueprint ; 35 x 19 in. (Signed, Hiram S. Balch, L.A.)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 4]
This modernist house, built in 1957, exemplified many of the principles and practices of the NC State School of Design faculty. Sensitive to its wooded site, it nevertheless presented a strong presence in the landscape and offered uninterrupted views from its glass rear facade overlooking a lake.
This series consists of 6 color photographs from the exhibition "Simplicity, Order, and Discipline : the Work of George Matsumoto from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections." Exteriors and interiors are shown, along with one photograph taken during the house's demolition in 1996.
Matsumoto, George, 1922-
Small, G. Milton (George Milton), 1916-1992
Architecture, Modern--North Carolina--20th century
Raleigh (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Photographs., circa 1996 (Project no. 13)
[Flat Folder 9]
The South Building was constructed on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill between 1798 and 1814. Extensive additions to the campus in the 1920s included the remodeling of South Building, which stood at the northern end of a new north/south quadrangle. Under the direction of the New York architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White, supervising architect Arthur Nash and engineer Thomas C. Atwood were responsible for many of the new buildings and alterations made on UNC's campus during this period.
Alterations to the South Building included the addition of a portico on the south facade, as well as new doorways and classical ornamentation.
Atwood & Nash, Architects and Engineers.
Atwood, T. C. (Thomas C.)
Nash, Arthur Cleveland, 1871-1969
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--Buildings.
Architecture, Georgian--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
College buildings--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
"Alterations and additions to South Building, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. / office of Atwood and Nash, Inc., architects and engineers, Chapel Hill, N.C.", 1926 and undated (Project no. 14)
(plans, elevations, sections and details on 24 sheets) : black line prints ; most approximately 30 x 37 in. 
The Haywood Store Building was constructed in Raleigh in 1925 to replace several earlier commercial buildings. The simple 3-story brick and steel structure featured space for stores on the ground floor, and unpartitioned spaces above.
The ground floor facade was redesigned in the popular Art Deco style for Fallon's Florist around 1942.
Simpson, Frank B.
Commercial buildings--North Carolina--Raleigh
Raleigh (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Storefronts--North Carolina--Raleigh
[Flat Folder 10] "Plans of Haywood Store Bldg, Raleigh, N.C. / Frank B. Simpson, Architect,", undated (Project no. 15)
(plans on 1 sheet) : blue print ; 21 x 32 in. (3 copies, 2 with annotations)
[Flat Folder 10] "The Haywood Property, Fayetteville St., Raleigh, N.C. / Harry Tucker, Eng.,", undated (Project no. 15)
(site plan on 1 sheet) : pencil (?) and ink on drawing paper ; 18 x 24 in.
[Flat Folder 10] "J.J. Fallon Company, Inc., Raleigh, N.C.", undated (Project no. 15)
(entrance plan and elevation on 1 sheet) : blue print ; 19 x 17 in.
[Flat Folder 10] Sketch of store entrance, undated (Project no. 15)
(plan and elevation on 1 sheet) : pencil on paper; 22 x 20 in.
[Flat Folder 10] Site plans; 1923, undated (Project no. 15)
(11 sheets) : blue prints, some annotated ; various sizes.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] "Haywood Building, Raleigh, N.C. / Frank B. Simpson, architect," [front elevation], undated (Project no. 15)
(elevation on 1 sheet) : 1 photostat and 3 blueprints ; various sizes.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Newspaper clippings regarding organization of Haywood Real Estate and construction of Haywood Store Building., 1923-1925 (Project no. 15)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Lease agreements, 1942 (Project no. 15)
(3 items)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Report on property survey by Harry Tucker, civil engineer, 1923 (Project no. 15)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Notice of portion of building for lease, 1935-1936 (Project no. 15)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Report of construction engineer R.W. Kennison, 1940 (Project no. 15)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Notice of increase in insurance rates, V.O Parker Co., 1942 (Project no. 15)
Architect Paul Rudolph described the modernist Burroughs Wellcome Building as a "man made extension of the ridge upon which it is built." With its many angled set-backs and overhangs, the building was expressly designed to accomadate additions to any section without compromising the integrity of the original design.
Burroughs Wellcome Company.
Glaxo Wellcome.
Rudolph, Paul, 1918-
Pharmaceutical industry--North Carolina--Research Triangle Park
Research Triangle Park (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
[Flat Box 2, Flat Folder 2] Wellcome News, Vol. 3, no. 3, March 1972 and Vol. 3, no. 4, April-May 1972 (Project no. 16)
3 copies
[Legal Box 1, Folder 6] Wellcome News, 21-year anniversary issue, circa 1991 (Project no. 16)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 7] Architecture magazine articles describing building, 1972-1973 (Project no. 16)
[Legal Box 1, Folder 8] Glaxo model [photographs], undated (Project no. 16)
5 color photographs of scale model.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 9] RTP rendering, Scale model [photographs], undated (Project no. 16)
Black and white photographs of building, model, and renderings. Color photograph of rendering. Negative of rendering.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 10] Rudolph, Paul [photographs] (Project no. 16)
Black and white photograph of architect. Black and white photographs of building dedication. Negatives.
Burroughs Wellcome Medallion, Undated
1.5 inch medallion with Burroughs Wellcome Building represented on one side and unicorn on the other.
[Flat Folder 6]
The Fadum House is one of several Modernist houses built in Raleigh from the 1940s to the 1960s. These houses were the manifestation of architectural concepts embraced by the faculty of the School of Design, established in 1948 at North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University). The Fadum House has a single-slope flat roof supported by large, built-up wood columns, giving it a wedge-shaped section. Built on a two by four module, the house displays finishes throughout of exposed brick, stained and sealed plywood, or tongue-and-groove pine, cypress or redwood. Its deeply cantilevered overhangs, orientation to the southeast, and large expanses of glass allow for supplemental solar heating in the winter. Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian mode of design, the Fadum House presents a mostly blank facade with carport toward the street, while opening up elevations toward a natural site on the sides and rear. Usonian design is characterized by small scale, affordable construction, open plan interiors, integration of interior and exterior spaces, flat roof and large glazed areas such as windows and doors. In 1952 the Fadum House was featured as the House of the Year in Architectural Record. It is a designated Raleigh Historic Landmark.
Fadum Residence Drawings, 1950 (Project no. 17)
Architectural drawings
Acquired from the College of Design development office.
Copies of drawings of the Fadum Residence in Raleigh, NC. House designed by James Walter Fitzgibbon, and landscaping designed by J.B. Godwin. Includes floor plan, site plan, elevations, and details. 18 sheets.
Charlotte (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Railroad stations--North Carolina--Charlotte
[Flat Box 2, Folder 1] W. M. Poindexter and Co., Architects, 1505 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington Railroad Station at Charlotte, N.C., 1888 Apr. 28
No. 644. American Architect and Building News. Print shows exterior view of railroad station, enhanced with water colors, with inset plan of first floor and black and white view of rear. Copyright 1888 Ticknor & Co. Heliotype Printing Co.
Hotels--North Carolina--Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 1] Wheelwright and Haven, Architects, Boston, Mass. The Zinzendorf: West End Hotel Co, Winston N C, 1891 July 25
No. 813. American Architect and Building News. Print shows exterior view of hotel, enhanced with water colors. Copyright 1891 Ticknor & Co. Heliotype Printing Co.
Asheville (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Hotels--North Carolina--Asheville
[Flat Box 2, Folder 1] F.L. and W.L. Price, Architects, 731 Walnut St., Philadelphia Kenilworth Inn, Asheville, Mountains of N.C., 1891 Aug. 22
No. 817. American Architect and Building News. Print shows exterior view of hotel, enhanced with water colors. Copyright 1891 Ticknor & Co. Heliotype Printing Co.
Charlotte (N.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Public buildings--North Carolina--Charlotte
[Flat Box 2, Folder 1] Studdart, W. L. City Hall, Charlotte, N.C. G.L. Hoffman, Architect, Atlanta, Ga., 1891 Dec. 31
No. 888. American Architect and Building News. Print shows exterior view of City Hall, enhanced with water colors. Copyright 1892 Ticknor & Co. Heliotype Printing Co., Boston.


4.9 Linear feet 1 legal box and 1 flat box and 17 flat folders

General Physical Description

1 legal box and 1 flat box and 17 flat folders


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Acquisitions Information

Gifts of George W. Poland, 1995 (Accession 1995.0012); Julius Crowell, 1995 (Accession 1995.0013); the Joyner family, 1996 (Accession 1996.0011); the Historic Districts Commission, 1997 (Accession 1997.0008); the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, 1997 (Accession 1997.0009); Glaxo Wellcome, 1998 (Accession 1998.0005); Thomas Alexander, 1998 (Accession 1998.0006); and unknown sources. Transfer from the North Carolina State University College of Design, 2007 (Accession 2007.0243).


Processed by: David L. Warren; machine-readable finding aid created by: Steven Mandeville-Gamble; finding aid revised by Todd Kosmerick


2009 October, 2013 March, Boxes and folders renumbered. Some materials moved to other collections: MC 00137 and MC 00317; Finding aid updated to include additions to the collection by Cathy Dorin-Black, 2013 March.

Scope and Content Note

The materials in this collection include drawings, specifications, construction contracts, and correspondence relating to individual buildings in North Carolina. Unbuilt projects are included. The description for each project includes the names of the architects, designers, builders, and/or contractors; a brief description of the project; and a container list. Materials for the Caviness House were originally accessioned into this collection but have been moved to the Preservation North Carolina collection (MC 00137). Materials for the Edenton Cotton Mill were originally accessioned into this collection but have been moved to the Edenton Cotton Mill Collection (MC 00317).

Historical Note

The late 19th century saw radical changes in building practices in North Carolina, brought about by the rise of professional architects and contractors, increased industrialization, and the standardization of building components. Population booms between 1900 and 1940 precipitated increased construction, and suburbs emerged where major cities doubled or tripled their populations during this period. Increasingly, professional architects were responsible for the design of housing, as well as commercial, industrial and civic buildings.

In 1905, North Carolina became one of the earliest states to enact a uniform building code. The North Carolina Architectural Association (NCAA) was formed by a group of Charlotte architects in 1906. Their aims were ultimately to form a North Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and to promote the passage of an architectural Practice Act Bill in the General Assembly. The North Carolina Chapter of AIA, chartered in 1913, regulated fees to eliminate unfair competition and provided a code of ethics for professional standards. The Practice Act Bill, ratified in 1915, provided for the examination and licensing of architects. A similar "Act to Regulate the Practice of General Contracting," passed in 1925, regulated the construction industry. Regulation of architectural and building industries led to increased uniformity in working drawings and specifications for buildings, as national industry standards for drafting and construction were followed.

Still largely rural and conservative following World War II, North Carolina nevertheless made rapid economic and architectural progress. The 1950s found the state on the cutting edge of architectural development, as the internationally renowned faculty of the School of Design at North Carolina State College vigorously promoted modernism as the only "correct" style. Modernism was embraced for governmental and institutional buildings, while housing remained, for the most part, rooted in traditional forms.

Based on material in: Architects and builders in North Carolina : a history of the practice of building / Catherine W. Bishir ... [et al.]. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1990.

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