White, Streeter & Chamberlain Architects - Schools

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White, Streeter & Chamberlain - Schools

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 School Buildings comprising of nineteen commissioned works designed by the firm.  The firm's beginnings were the result of the good fortune in the opportunity to win the design of Gastonia High School.  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.



Gastonia High School 1922  
7.01.001 Gastonia Colored Graded School (#7)
7.02.001 Gastonia High School (#14)           1922 Plumbing 40x30 yes
7.02.002 Gd Floor 40x30 yes
7.02.003 1st Floor 40x30 yes
7.02.004 Auditorium 40x30 yes
7.02.005 Ceiling 40x30 yes
7.02.006 Elevation 40x30 yes
7.02.007 Details 40x30 yes
7.02.008 Section 40x30 yes
7.02.009 Elevation 40x30 yes
7.02.010 Elevation 40x30 yes
7.02.011 Plumbing 40x30 yes
7.03.001 Kings Mountain Graded School (#24)
7.04.001 WP Grier School, Gastonia NC  (#28)
7.05.001 South Gastonia School (#31)
7.06.001 Rutherfordton & Spindale HS, NC (#75)
7.07.001 North Gastonia Grammar School (#88)
7.08.001 Loray School Addition, Gastonia NC (#89)
7.09.001 Kings Mountain Graded School Ext (#90)
7.10.001 Gastonia High School Stadium (#95)
7.11.001 Gastonia High School Ext (#102)
7.12.001 Page High School, Pageland SC (#108)
7.13.001 Clover High School, Clover SC (#141)
7.14.000 Fort Mill High School, Ft. Mill SC (#143) Rendering yes
7.15.001 Gastonia Colored High School (#224) Foundation 21x15 yes
7.15.002 1st Floor 21x15 yes
7.15.003 2nd Floor 21x15 yes
7.15.004 Roof & Elevation 21x15 yes
7.15.005 Elevation 21x15 yes
7.16.001 Cherryville High School, NC (#235)
7.17.001 Robinson School, Gastonia NC (#237) Foundation 17x21 yes
7.17.002 1st Floor 17x21 yes
7.17.003 Elevation 17x21 no
7.18.001 Lowell High School, NC (#255)
7.19.001 Martinsville School, Va (photo)
7.20.001 Peoples National Bank (photo)

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