Owen Franklin Smith Architectural Drawings and Papers 1927-1990

Summary
Contents
Names/subjects
Using these materials
Creator
Smith, Owen F.
Size
11.5 linear feet (1 archival box, 30 flat folders and 14 tubes)
Call number
MC 00475

The Owen Franklin Smith Architectural Drawings and Papers contain drawings, photographs of and some papers of buildings designed by Owen Franklin Smith from 1927 to 1990. The buildings represented include elementary classroom buildings for colored schools in Fremont, North Carolina and Harrellsville, North Carolina, the Hayes Barton Baptist Church, the office building for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, residences for local community members, and Page Hall at North Carolina State University.

Owen Franklin Smith was believed to be the oldest registered architect in the state of North Carolina when he passed away on September 5, 2012, having practiced for over 65 years. He was born in Benson, North Carolina, on November 26, 1917 and received a degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1938. During World War II, he supervised the construction of military facilities until his entry in the United States Navy. He worked for Thomas Coooper, William Deitrick, Ross Shumaker and Eric Flanagan Sr. before opening up his own practice in 1946, which he maintained until 2011. The office building for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation in Raleigh, North Carolina, is one of his best known commercial works. He was a member of Hayes Barton Baptist Church beginning in 1943 and actively served the church as teacher, advisor and architect on three building projects. His work included office buildings, modernist homes, churches and over 200 school projects. He won design awards for the Farm Bureau buildings, Lynn Road School, Bertie County High School and the sanctuary of Hayes Barton Baptist Church.

Biographical/historical note

Owen Franklin Smith was believed to be the oldest registered architect in the state of North Carolina when he passed away on September 5, 2012, having practiced for over 65 years. He was born in Benson, North Carolina, on November 26, 1917 and received a degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1938. During World War II, he supervised the construction of military facilities until his entry in the United States Navy. He worked for Thomas Coooper, William Deitrick, Ross Shumaker and Eric Flanagan Sr. before opening up his own practice in 1946, which he maintained until 2011. The office building for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation in Raleigh, North Carolina, is one of his best known commercial works. He was a member of Hayes Barton Baptist Church beginning in 1943 and actively served the church as teacher, advisor and architect on three building projects. His work included office buildings, modernist homes, churches and over 200 school projects. He won design awards for the Farm Bureau buildings, Lynn Road School, Bertie County High School and the sanctuary of Hayes Barton Baptist Church.

Scope/content

The Owen Franklin Smith Architectural Drawings and Papers contain drawings, photographs of and some papers of buildings designed by Owen Franklin Smith from 1927 to 1990. The buildings represented include elementary classroom buildings for colored schools in Fremont, North Carolina and Harrellsville, North Carolina, the Hayes Barton Baptist Church, the office building for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, residences for local community members, and Page Hall at North Carolina State University.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series.

  • Drawings
  • Papers
. Within these series, the items are arranged in the original order in which they were received.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Owen Franklin Smith Architectural Drawings and Papers, MC 00475, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Owen Franklin Smith, Jr. March 2013 (accession no. 2013.0051)

Processing information

Processed by Meaghan Lanier, June 2013

The collection is organized into two principal series:

Drawings 1927-1988 (MC 00475 Series 01)

The Drawings series contains architectural drawings of Owen Franklin Smith. Buildings represented include the Hayes Barton Baptist Church, the office building for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation and Page Hall at North Carolina State University.

Items in this series are arranged in the order in which they were received. They are listed alphabetically.

Elementary Classroom Building, Fremont Colored School, Fremont, North Carolina 1951
Flat folder 9
Elementary Classroom Building, Harrellsville Colored School, Harrellsville, North Carolina 1951
Flat folder 14
Elementary School, Raleigh, North Carolina 1978
Flat folder 29
Farmington Woods Elementary School, Cary, North Carolina (1 of 2) 1976
Flat folder 5
Farmington Woods Elementary School, Cary, North Carolina (2 of 2) 1976
Flat folder 6
Farmington Woods Elementary School Color Painting, Cary, North Carolina Undated
Flat folder 23
Farmington Woods Elementary School, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 2) 1975-1976
Flat folder 1
Farmington Woods Elementary School, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 2) 1975-1976
Flat folder 2
Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina 1927
Flat folder 10
Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 5) 1965-1966
Tube 10
Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 5) 1965-1966
Tube 11
Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina (3 of 5) 1965-1966
Tube 12
Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina (4 of 5) 1965-1966
Tube 13
Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina (5 of 5) 1965-1966
Tube 14
Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Modifications, Raleigh, North Carolina 1988
Flat folder 26
Intensified Sivine Production Plant, Johnston County, North Carolina 1962
Flat folder 13
Lynn Road Elementary School, Raleigh, North Carolina 1978-1979
Flat folder 28
Lynn Road Elementary School, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 2) 1974-1975
Tube 1
Lynn Road Elementary School, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 2) 1974-1975
Tube 2
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building, Raleigh, North Carolina 1969
Flat folder 3
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building Additions, Raleigh, North Carlina 1950-1970
Flat folder 12
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building Additions, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 3) 1978
Flat folder 18
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building Additions, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 3) 1978
Flat folder 19
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building Additions, Raleigh, North Carolina (3 of 3) 1978
Flat folder 20
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building Renovations, Raleigh, North Carolina 1980
Flat folder 11
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building Renovations, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 3) 1969-1972
Tube 3
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building Renovations, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 3) 1969-1972
Tube 4
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building Renovations, Raleigh, North Carolina (3 of 3) 1969-1972
Tube box 1; Tube 5
Page Hall - Engineering Administration, Phase Two Renovations, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 2) 1965-1984
Flat folder 4
Page Hall - Engineering Administration, Phase Two Renovations, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 2) 1965-1984
Flat folder 7
Page Hall, Renovations, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 3) 1980
Flat folder 8
Page Hall, Renovations, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 3) 1980
Flat folder 21
Page Hall, Renovations, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (3 of 3) 1978
Flat folder 22
Page Hall, Renovations, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 1983
Flat folder 27
Pencil Drawing of a Church Undated
Flat folder 24
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Byrne, Wake Forest, North Carolina 1950
Flat folder 17
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Wisner Chamblee, Raleigh, North Carolina 1954
Flat folder 16
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Wisner Chamblee, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 2) 1955
Tube 6
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Wisner Chamblee, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 2) 1955
Tube 7
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Banks D. Kerr, Raleigh, North Carolina 1964
Flat folder 15
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Banks D. Kerr, Raleigh, North Carolina (1 of 2) 1964
Tube 8
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Banks D. Kerr, Raleigh, North Carolina (2 of 2) 1964
Tube 9
Residence for Mr. and Mrs. Owen F. Smith, 122 Harrington Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 1955
Tube 15
South Cary Elementary School Color Painting, Cary, North Carolina Undated
Flat folder 25
Papers 1950-1990 (MC 00475 Series 02)

Items in the Papers series include photographs and floorplans of buildings designed by Owen Franklin Smith, as well as a few pieces of correspondence.

Items in this series are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Photocopies and Negatives for American Institute of Architects (AIA) Research Project 1978
Box 1, Folder 1
Photographs and Floorplans of Designs including the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building (1 of 3) 1950-1990
Box 1, Folder 2
Photographs and Floorplans of Designs including the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building (2 of 3) 1950-1990
Box 1, Folder 3
Photographs and Floorplans of Designs including the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Office Building (3 of 3) 1950-1990
Box 1, Folder 4
Photographs of and Documents about the Lynn Road Elementary School Building in Raleigh, North Carolina
Box 1, Folder 5

Access to the collection

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to digital files may require additional advanced notice.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Owen Franklin Smith Architectural Drawings and Papers, MC 00475, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.