Picturing the Old North State: Visual Documentation of North Carolina’s Architectural Heritage
Lecture by Catherine Bishir
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library
5:00 p.m. | Reception and exhibit viewing, North Carolina Collection Gallery
5:30 p.m. | Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203
North Carolina’s architectural history will be the subject of a lecture Oct. 6 by Catherine Bishir, author of the highly regarded North Carolina Architecture. The event in the Wilson Special Collections Library is free and open to the public.
Bishir’s lecture, “Picturing the Old North State: Visual Documentation of North Carolina’s Architectural Heritage,” will be given in conjunction with the North Carolina Collection Gallery exhibit of the etchings of the artist Louis Orr. Orr created 51 images of important Tar Heel State sites between 1939 and 1951.
The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 10, includes renderings of the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh; the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kitty Hawk; Grandfather Mountain near Linville; and Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh. The UNC campus is represented with an etching of Playmakers Theater and another showing Old East with the Old Well.
Bishir worked for thirty years in the Survey and Planning Branch of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. In addition to North Carolina Architecture, her books include A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina and Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building. She is currently curator of architectural special collections at the North Carolina State University Libraries.
- North Carolina Landmarks Star in Etchings Exhibit through Oct. 10
- North Carolina Collection Gallery
- Etchings of N.C. inspire the travels of father-daughter history buffs (News & Observer, May 29, 2011)