White, Streeter & Chamberlain Architects - Religious 1920-1939

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White, Streeter & Chamberlain - Religious Buildings

The work and career of Hugh E. White, Sr. (1869-1939), architect, did much to establish and define the architecture of Gaston and surrounding counties in North and South Carolina.  The original drawings of the projects designed by Hugh E. White, Sr. and the firm White, Streeter & Chamberlain exist and are maintained in the collections of Vintage Architectural Art.  In 2005, the works were compiled for The National Register of the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service by Davyd Foard Hood with the help of Lucy R. Penegar and June Alice Todd.  This collection includes the Religious Buildings comprising of fourteen commissioned works designed by the firm.  See the Collection Index for a complete listing of the projects.

Hugh E. White, Sr - Biographical information
Born on the rural farm land of Fort Mill, South Carolina in 1869, Hugh E. White, Sr. lost his father, Leonidas Spratt White, at age 9 and his mother at age 17.  Orphaned at such a young age, White worked in a wood working plant, as a carpenter and advancing to foreman, he cultivated his gifts and love of mathematics and craftsmanship and took up architectural work by correspondence school.

His professional career spanning four decades beginning in 1894 with a firm in Rock Hill, South Carolina, moving to Atlanta in the 1890’s, then with the Office of Supervising Architect, Department of the Treasury, from 1903-1918, then following three years (1918-1921) of employment with Charles Coker Wilson, one of South Carolina’s leading architects, Hugh E. White began the private practice of White, Streeter & Chamberlain in Gastonia, North Carolina.  Due to uncollected accounts for services rendered, the firm could not sustain the pressures of the Depression and ceased to exist in 1927.  Hugh E. White, Sr. continued in private practice with the help of his apprenticing son, Hugh Ed White, until his death in 1939.


August 1936 Brochure Cover
Hugh E. White, Sr. (1869-1939)
8.01.001 Calvery Baptist, Gastonia (#36)       1923 Elevations 30x20 yes
8.01.002 Floor Plan 30x20 yes
8.01.003 Details 30x20 yes
8.02.001 Pisgah ARP, Gaston Co. (#65)
8.03.001 Presbyterian Ch. Hut, Gastonia (#69)
8.04.001 Temple Emanuel Synagogue, Gastonia (#82) Basmt Plan 18x30 yes
8.04.002 1st Floor Plan 18x30 yes
8.04.003 2nd Floor Plan 18x30 yes
8.04.004 Elevations 18x30 yes
8.04.005 Elevations 18x30 yes
8.04.006 Elevations 18x30 yes
8.04.007 Section 18x30 yes
8.04.008 Details 18x30 yes
8.05.001 Presbyterian Church, Tryon NC  (#87)
8.06.001 1st Presbyterian-addition, Hickory NC (#115)
8.07.001 Clover Methodist Episcopal, Clover SC (#116)
8.08.001 1st Baptist Education Bldg, Shelby NC (#123)
8.09.001 Clover ARP Ch. School Bldg, Clover SC (#128)
8.10.001 Hickory Grove Methodist, NC-SC ? (#129)
8.11.001 1st Presbyterian Choir Room, Gastonia NC (#?)
8.12.001  Central Methodist Episcopal, Shelby NC (#?)
8.13.001 Jewish Synagogue (#?)
8.14.001 1st Presbyterian Scout Hut, Gastonia NC (#?)

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