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African American Workers Constructed Buildings To Last

Picturing The Past  

 

January 13, 2020

Avery Benjamin House on West Lane is described in the survey's final report as featuring "a variety of masonry techniques, including a diamond-shaped keystone and diagonally laid rock forming a lintel above the window of the front projecting gable."

When Transylvania County undertook an architectural survey in 1990-1991 it included structures built from 1820-1941. Only a small number of buildings within the African American communities of the county met the criteria at that time and nearly half of those are no longer standing today.

As stated in last week's Picturing the Past article, a new survey was undertaken to identify the African American heritage related resources of Brevard and Transylvania County during 2019. It included more of the county's African American architecture dating from 1920 to 1975. The new survey resulted in 15...



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