504 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 428 halftones, 34 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4594-3
Published: November 1996
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Awards & distinctions
2004 Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History (for the series)
1996 Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History
2003 Special Book Award Recognizing an Outstanding Guide Book Series, Southeast Society of Architectural Historians
1998 Antoinette Forrester Downing Award, Society of Architectural Historians
1997 Book Award, Southeast Society of Architectural Historians
1997 Mayflower Cup for Nonfiction, Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of North Carolina
Featuring more than 400 photographs and 30 maps, the guide is organized by counties, which are grouped geographically. Sections typically begin with the county seat and work outward with concise entries that treat notable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. The text highlights key architectural features and trends and relates buildings to the local and regional histories they represent.
A project of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office of the Division of Archives and History, the book reflects more than twenty-five years of fieldwork and research in the agency's statewide architectural survey and National Register of Historic Places programs. Two future volumes will cover western and piedmont North Carolina.
About the Authors
Catherine W. Bishir, architectural survey coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, is author of the award-winning North Carolina Architecture.
For more information about Catherine W. Bishir, visit the Author Page.
Michael T. Southern is research historian with the North Carolina Division of Archives and History.
For more information about Michael T. Southern, visit the Author Page.
"A diverse and extensive guide for explorers with a historical bent. . . . An excellent guidebook. . . . No trip to the beach should be a straight drive when the Coastal Plain's back roads offer fascinating stories of North Carolina's history through the details of its architecture."--Coastwatch
"This guide, with its maps and detailed place descriptions, would be an invaluable aid to heritage tourists."--Wilson Daily Times
"Anyone who loves North Carolina history or architecture will adore this superbly written and illustrated guide. This is truly a book to treasure."--Southern Pines Pilot
"This is the perfect gift, for it is not armchair scholarship and no one who takes the time to buy and use this book will be untouched. The book transcends the architectural report, combining architectural details, reasons for significance, and ripping vignettes of common and uncommon places into a succinct prose history."--North Carolina Historical Review
"Not just the Cupola House and Tryon Palace, but tobacco barns, shotgun houses, textile factories, and railroad stations, too. A feast of North Carolina's historic structures that will stand as a definitive source for many years."--Roy Parker Jr., contributing editor, Fayetteville Observer-Times
"The three-volume guide to the historic architecture of North Carolina may top the list of guide books. These three books provide what is surely the most comprehensive, historically and culturally informative, and easy-to-use set of guides to any state in the nation."--ARRIS