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Architectural Records Survey of Private Collections
Collections not available to the researching publicThe following collections sample the variety of private collection of architectural records in North Carolina. Some collections are available for research by appointment only, others are not. Contact information listed may not be complete due to owner privacy.
BURLINGTON CONCORD GREENSBORO RALEIGH
The maintenance department retains copies (generally blueprints) of all school properties including Asheville High School by Douglas Ellington and the Claxton School by Ronald Greene.
Richard Sharp Smith Collection (very limited access)
Collection of over 2,000 original drawings for over 700 projects in and around Asheville. Drawings include design work, sketches, details, renderings and floor plans. There is limited work on Biltmore Estate. Includes work of Richard Sharp Smith and the firm of Smith & Carrier. The Commission completed complete list of the drawings, listed by type of building and indexed by client.
Complete set of original drawings and renderings for the Atlantic Bank and Trust building, Burlington designed by Charles Hartmann, 1928. The drawings were collected and purchased by Roche for the restoration of the building.
The First Presbyterian Church retains original 1926 blueprints by Hobart Upjohn for the church and surrounding buildings. Includes details, floor plans, elevations, seating plans. Also includes mylar reproductions of blueprints. Also includes 1983 church school building renovations by George A. Griffin; sites plans and floor plans by John Erwin Ramsay, FAIA, undated. Also includes blueprints for the replacement of the spire by Hobart Upjohn in 1936.
Restoration and Building Files
Files contain limited correspondence on restoration and moving of the buildings on the grounds of Mordecai Historical Park. Includes site plans done by the City Parks and Recreation Department from the 1970s and 80s. Also includes blueprints for the Badger-Iredell Law Office, restoration by Dodge & Beckwith, 1975; photographs for the Andrew Johnson birthplace move, 1970s; and specifications for the restoration of the Mordecai House, 1970, by Dodge & Beckwith.
Several scrapbooks documenting Mordecai Historical Park and various other projects of Capital Area Preservation, (chiefly news clippings).
The Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.
Original rendering and plan (framed) of Montrose house at Hillsborough by A. J. Davis, ca. 1850.
Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Old North Carolina Plans
The Cooperative Extension Service holds original tracings of 19 different house plans distributed by the service dating from the 1950s. Includes numerous revisions to these plans done in the 1970s, however, most plans are undated and unsigned. Also includes original tracings for the Craven County Agricultural Building (undated and unsigned), and the 4-H Camp Bunk House (undated and unsigned).
United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service Plans
Collection of copies of USDA, Cooperative Extension Service plans (Book 1 and Book 2) developed and distributed by other states (1940s-present).
State-owned Building Files
The state construction office maintains microfilmed copies of all construction drawings for state-owned buildings, 1900-present. All original drawings are held by the respective state agency who owns the building. The state construction office owns drawings for all buildings owned by the State Department of Administration. Contracts and specifications for state-owned buildings are turned over to the state archives according to a retention schedule.
Final Report Collection
Collection of original Final Reports for all state construction projects dating to 1900. Reports provide a synopsis of the entire project.
Construction Project Database
The state construction office maintains an computerized database on the status of all current state construction projects.
Original rendering (framed) of Calvary Episcopal Church by William Percival, 1860. Only known Percival rendering to survive.
Bellamy Mansion Rendering
Includes a set of Brite & Bacon drawings for Donald McRae house. Also includes original sketch of the apse of the church as originally designed.
The First Presbyterian Church owns the following drawings of the church by Hobart Upjohn, constructed in 1926-27.
Balcony Nave, 1927
Original Renderings (pencil), 1926
1 exterior view, signed by O. F. Langmann, Del.
Copied Renderings: Interior Sanctuary