MC 00381 Guide to the James Fitzgibbon Papers, 1948-1952 and undated

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[Half Box 1, Folder 1]
Sketch of interior elevation
Raleigh (N.C.)
[Half Box 1, Folder 2]
Sketch of floor plan
Raleigh (N.C.)
[Flat Folder 1]
Color sketches
[Tube 1]
[Flat Folder 2]
Working drawings


Fitzgibbon, James, 1915-1985


Stuart, Duncan R.


3.804 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

4 flat folders, 2 tubes, 1 halfbox


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Acquisitions Information

Transferred by Gregg Museum of Art and Design, 2008 September 11 (Accession 2008-0211), and gift of the Paschal family, 2011 May (Accession 2011.0081). Gift of Paschal family, April 2013 (Accession 2013.0099)


Processed by: Emily Fisher; machine-readable finding aid created by: Emily Fisher


2011 June, 2013 September, Addition processed by: Todd Kosmerick; machine-readable finding aid updated by: Todd Kosmerick; updated by Judy Allen Dodson; updated by Gwynn Thayer

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains architect and North Carolina State College School of Design professor James Fitzgibbon’s architectural drawings for the Ralph Fadum House of Raleigh, North Carolina, the George W. Paschal House, also of Raleigh, and the Robert W. Daniel House of Knoxville, Tennessee. The collection includes color spot sketches of the exterior of the Fadum House, 1949-1950; as well as architectural drawings of site plans, including elevation details; working drawings of the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, balcony; floor plans for the main and second floors; and shop drawing of the living room and dining room cabinets, vents and outlets, waterlines, detail of the stairway and fireplace, eave and gutter downspouts, and framing details. Some of these were drawn by Duncan R. Stuart (also of NCSU's School of Design). Also included in this collection are blueprints of the main floor of the Fadum House as well as site and elevation blueprints. Finally, the collection contains exterior and elevation blueprints of the Robert Daniel House and blueprints of probably the full set of working drawings for the George W. Paschal House, as well as reproductions of possibly a rendering of the house as well as two undated drawings (1 sketch of interior elevation and 1 floor plan of 617 Kirby Street, Raleigh, NC.)

Biographical Note

James Walter Fitzgibbon (1915-1985) helped found the School of Design at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) in 1948. Fitzgibbon was hired as the associate architect for campus planning during the School of Design's inception. He also served as an architectural professor at North Carolina State College from 1948 to 1953. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Fitzgibbon received his bachelor of architecture in 1938 from the University of Syracuse where he won the Gifford Design Prize. In 1940, Fitzgibbon received his masters of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. There he won the Warren Prize design competition and was a finalist in the Rome Prize competition. He worked as the associate architect for campus planning at the University of Oklahoma prior to joining Henry Kamphoefner to establish the School of Design. Fitzgibbon later served as president of Synergetics Inc., an association of Raleigh architects and engineers, before taking a position with Washington University in St. Louis. Fitzgibbon returned to the School of Design in 1967, serving for one year.

Ralph Fadum was Dean of Engineering from 1962 to 1978 at North Carolina State University. His home is located at 3056 Granville Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1993 Fadum had the home placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is also known as the Nancy Fields Fadum House.

The Daniel House is one of Fitzgibbon's most famous designs. The home was designed and built in the late 1940s in Knoxville, TN.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Fitzgibbon Papers, MC 00381, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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