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MC 00382 Guide to the Charles Hartmann Drawings, 1928-1929, 1950

The collection is arranged by project phase; master plans of design for original construction, explanatory details and revisions to design for original construction, and plans for the 1950 renovation. Additions to the collection appear at the end.
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[Flat Folder 1]
Burlington (N.C.)
[Flat Folder 2]
Burlington (N.C.)
[Flat Folder 3]
Burlington (N.C.)
[Flat Folder 7]
Burlington (N.C.)
[Flat Folder 5]
Atlantic Bank and Trust Company renovation
Burlington (N.C.)
[Flat Folder 6]
Atlantic Bank and Trust Company renovation
Burlington (N.C.)
[Flat Folder 4]
Atlantic Bank and Trust Company renovation
Burlington (N.C.)
[Flat Folder 5]
Atlantic Bank and Trust Company renovation
Burlington (N.C.)


3.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

7 flat folders


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Acquisitions Information

Gift of Laboratory Corporation of American (LabCorp), 2008 September 11 (Accession 2008.0212), 2010 September (Accession 2010.0158).


Processed by: Danica Cullinan;machine-readable finding aid created by: Danica Cullinan


2012 April, 2010 September, Finding aid updated by: Matisha Wiggs. Addition processed by: Todd Kosmerick; machine-readable finding aid updated by: Todd Kosmerick

Scope and Content Note

The Charles Hartmann Drawings include the master plans of the Atlantic Bank and Trust Building (also known as the North Carolina National Bank Building and Security National Bank Building) located in Burlington, North Carolina, as designed in 1928. Also in the collection are design changes made in the following months, explanatory details, and revisions. Decades later the building underwent renovations and the collection includes Hartmann's 1950 sketches, studies, and plans for these alterations as well as some blueprints of competing architect's proposals for renovation.

To view digitized materials from this collection, please visit the NCSU Libraries' Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials external link.

Biographical Note

Charles C. Hartmann, b. 1889, was a native of New York City and son of Swiss and German immigrant parents. Through the early 1900s Hartmann apprenticed with several architects in New York and spent evenings studying in a Beaux Arts atelier before leaving to take architectural coursework at M.I.T. After returning to New York in 1913 he worked for William L. Stoddart and, over the course of seven years, moved up from draftsman to associate partner. During this time, work as chief designer of several projects in North Carolina resulted in frequent travel there. Hartmann was eventually invited to Greensboro to design a $2,500,000 office building for Julian Price, a financier and insurance magnate. He accepted the offer and opened his office in Greensboro in 1921.

Hartmann played an important role in the spread of high-rise downtown bank and office buildings in many North Carolina piedmont and coastal plain towns. Hartmann additionally designed many hospitals, housing projects, commercial and religious buildings and single-family homes in the state through the 1960s. Little of Hartmann's work is available, as it was either sold to clients by the architect himself upon his retirement in 1969, or lost by his son, Charles C. Hartmann Jr., whom the elder Hartmann brought into the business in 1946.

Several of Hartmann's works in North Carolina are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, among them The Jefferson Standard Building (Greensboro), James Benson Dudley Senior High School and Gymnasium (Greensboro), Greensboro’s Central Fire Station, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Greensboro), Julian Price House (Greensboro), Alamance Hotel (Burlington), the Atlantic Bank and Trust Company Building (Burlington), and the Downtown Burlington Historic District.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Hartmann Drawings, MC 00382, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.

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