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MC 00079 Preliminary Inventory to the C. Frank Branan Architectural Drawings, 1924 - 1976

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Building designed by Crampton and Associates.
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These buildings do not appear to have been designed by Branan.
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Contains drawings of Andrew Johnson House, North Carolina State Capital Building, and the Durham County Court House. None of these buildings was designed by Branan.
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Designed by Charles Benton and Sons.
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Drawings for residential buildings in Florida that were designed by Branan.
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Drawings for the following houses: Herndon, Chapman, Ray, McDonald, Haywood, Joyner (beach), and Thompson (beach).
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Drawings for the following houses: Parker, Leonard, and Joyner.
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Drawings for the following houses: Lupton, Lease, Seawell, Stoughton, and Dosher.
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Includes junior high school, school for African Americans, and a teacherage. Some buildings designed by William H. Deitrick.
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Designed by William H. Deitrick.


Branan, C. Frank (Cicero Franklin), 1922-2004


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General Physical Description note

1 oversized flat box and 1 flat box


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Acquisitions Information

Gift of David Christenbury of the State Historic Preservation Office, 2007 (Accession 2007-0287). Gift of Catherine W. Bishir, 2011 (Accession 2011-0266)


Processed by: Todd Kosmerick;machine-readable finding aid created by: Todd Kosmerick, updated by Judy Allen Dodson



Scope and Content Note

This collection contains architectural drawings created or received by C. Frank Branan. Included are blue prints and tracings. Buildings represented include residences designed by Branan and located in Florida and North Carolina. The collection also contains plans for some buildings designed by other architects, such Crampton and Deitrick, for whom Branan once worked. While the materials span the time period 1924 - 1976, most documents date from 1949 - 1968. Also included are architectural drawings of C. Frank Branan's own residenct in Raleigh.

Biographical Note

C. Frank (Cicero Franklin) Branan was born in 1922. He was the son of C. F. Branan and Eugenie Chapman Branan, and he grew up in Sanford, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1942. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II and the Korean War, and he resigned his commission in 1955.

Branan practiced architecture in Daytona Beach, Florida, before relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1955 when he joined the architectural firm of William H. Deitrick. This firm later became Guy Crampton and Associates. Branan later became consulting architect for the State of North Carolina in the Office of Historic Preservation. He participated in the restoration of the Whale Head Club in Corolla, North Carolina, and the relocation of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. He retired in 1990. In 2000, Capital Area Preservation gave him and award for lifetime achievement, and the Wake County Board of Commissioners recognized him for distinguished service.

Branan married Mary Lee Burns in 1949. The couple had a daughter, Lorie, and a son, Bob. Branan passed away in 2004.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], C. Frank Branan Architectural Drawings, MC 00079, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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