North Carolina, an east coastal state in America, has countless possibilities for tourists. Apart from colossal mountains, breathtaking scenic views, and coastal getaways. North Carolina has endless interesting options for architects too to explore and learn. North Carolina is indeed an architectural treasure for a travelling architect. Let’s take a look at 15 must-visit architectural creations.

Biltmore House 

Biltmore House, a French renaissance-styled (Chateauesque) architectural jewel, is America’s largest and oldest private house covering over 175,000 square feet. It was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and built from 1889 to 1895. It has 75 acres of meticulously maintained formal and informal gardens designed by a well-known American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Biltmore House is a significant architectural spot to visit.

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Biltmore Mansion_ ©Savannah Gibbs
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Biltmore Interior _ ©The Biltmore company
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Architectural details of Biltmore House _ © Kathy Fornal

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 

The present Cape Hatteras lighthouse was constructed in 1870 and is the tallest lighthouse in America. The original lighthouse was built in 1803. Since the 90 feet tall sandstone structure was damaged during the civil war in 1861, the old lighthouse was completely demolished in 1871. The new lighthouse was built in brick and painted in black and white with a unique pattern to help sailors identify it without difficulty.

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse _ © Skip Willits
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America’s tallest lighthouse _ © Kathy and Ron summer
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Inside of lighthouse _ © unknown

Duke house

Duke house is a colonial revival-styled historical home built in 1914 and designed by architect Charles Christian Hook. It is a two-story H-shaped building and eventually enlarged in the area in 1919. It was a private home of James Buchanan Duke from 1856 to 1925.

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Duke House _ © Jack Boucher
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Interior of duke house _ © Conde Nast Traveler
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A8499-15 Places To Visit In North CaInterior of duke house _ © Conde Nast Travelerrolina for Travelling Architect

Thalian Hall

Thalian Hall in North Carolina is an art and history performing center constructed in 1854. The hall underwent renovations three times. The first renovation was in 1973 after a fire accident. Later in 1988 and 2006, it underwent expansion and renovation. It is designed and renovated by various architects John. M. Trimble, James Post, Money architects, Hanbury Evans Newill Vlattas & co, and Ligon B. Lynn Architects. Thalian Hall is a lively example of 2 architectural styles Italianate and Classical Revival.

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Thalian Hall _ ©David Hill
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Thalian Hall _ ©David Hill
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Thalian Hall _ ©David Hill

Duke Chapel 

Duke Chapel was built in 1932 by an African – American architect Julian Abele. It is inspired by the English Gothic architectural style. It is 210 feet tall and the primary material is stone. The interior of the chapel is ornamented by stained glass and meticulously detailed sculptures.

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Duke Chapel _ ©Erik Floor
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Duke Chapel’s Tower _ ©Michael Little
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Interior of Duke Chapel’s _ ©John McGraw

Grove Arcade 

Grove Arcade is a periodical indoor shopping arcade, something before modern-day shopping malls. This Neo-Gothic style building was designed by Charles Parker between 1926 to 1929. Since it was constructed during the early brutalism period, reinforced concrete is the primary material.

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Grove Arcade _ © David Hill
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Exterior of Grove Arcade _ ©David Hill
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Interior of Grove Arcade _ ©Angela Wilhelm

Basilica of St. Lawrence

The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is an idiosyncratic architectural element in the entire historical town of North Carolina. It is designed by a Spain architect Richard Sharp Smith. Spanish Renaissance Revival style was adopted in this building. Brick and stone are the core materials. Stained glass, Italian-made sculptures, and a high altar are the preliminary elements used for the interior.

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Basilica of St. Lawrence _ ©David Hilowitz
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Interior of Basilica of St. Lawrence _ ©Saintlawrencebasilica
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Architectural detail of Basilica of St. Lawrence _ ©David Hilowitz

Grove Park Inn

Grove Park Inn is a complex of five buildings connected. Fred Loring Seely and Mckibbin designed this iconic resort in the year of 1913. It was built during the arts and crafts movement and inspired by the rustic European style. Granite is the primary element. To retain the true nature of the material, uncut and unpolished granite has been used throughout the building.

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Grove Park Inn _ ©David Hill
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Grove Park Inn _ ©3north
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Interior of Grove Park Inn _ ©3north

NASCAR Hall of fame 

NASCAR Hall is the modern-day museum building designed by three architects Pei, Cobb, and Freed. This building was opened in 2012 and it is particularly dedicated to NASCAR history. The design is brought into a structured form by Zafner. Stainless ribbon steel is used to get this exclusive façade.

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NASCAR Hall _ ©Zahner company
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Ribbon roof of NASCAR Hall _ ©Zahner company
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Interior of NASCAR Hall _ ©Zahner Company

AIANC center for architecture and design 

AIANC center for architecture and design spreads over an area of 12,000 square feet. It was completed in 2012 and designed by Frank Harmon, a prominent green architect. This building is designed to meet all the standards of LEED Platinum. The use of regional materials, energy efficiency, minimal water usage, sustainable materials, and construction methods exalts the building to achieve the LEED award.

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AIANC center for architecture and design _ ©Timothy Hursley
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AIANC centre for architecture and design _ ©Timothy Hursley
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Interior of AIANC _ ©Timothy Hursley

Dorton Arena 

Dorton Arena is a contemporary building designed by Matthew Nowicki, William Henley Deitrick, and Severud Associates for Sports activities and exhibition events. It is celebrated for its iconic saddled roof and its ostentatious geometry.

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Dortan Arena _ ©Kristen Schaffer
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Interior of Dortan Arena _ ©Kristen Schaffer
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Dortan Arena _ ©Justin Doub

North Carolina Museum of art

Architect Thomas Phifer designed an art gallery by adopting modern architecture and inviting innocuous daylight and fluid indoor movement without enclosing each room. The exterior is camouflaged with aluminium sheets placed like vertical pleats.

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North Carolina Museum of art _ ©Scott Frances
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Aluminium sheets at Museum of art _ ©Scott Frances
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Interior of North Carolina Museum of art _ ©Scott Frances

Bechtler Museum of modern art

Bechtler museum of modern art confiscates everybody’s attention with its simple architectural design and minimal materials. Architect Mario Botta completed this project in 2010. Daylight is one of the significant elements of an art gallery. The architect achieved this throughout the vaulted skylights.

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Bechtler museum of modern art _ ©Joel Lassiter
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Interior of Bechtler museum _ © Joel Lassiter & Enrico Cano
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Interior of Bechtler museum _ © Joel Lassiter & Enrico Cano

Harvey B Gantt Center 

Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American arts and culture is designed by the Freelon group of architects. It covers an area of 46,500 square feet in the heart of the cultural district of Charlotte. It is a mixed-used building with separate spaces for exhibitions, a gallery, retail, and other events.

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Harvey B Gantt Center _ © Mark Herboth
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Interior of Harvey B Gantt Center _ © Mark Herboth
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Exterior of Harvey B Gantt Center _ © Mark Herboth

Hunt Library

Hunt library is a contemporary building designed by the architect Snohetta. It was completed in 2013. This building won the LEED silver award as it incorporates green roofs for stormwater management.

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Hunt Library _ © Jeff Goldberg
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Hunt Library _ © Jeff Goldberg
Interior of Hunt Library _ © Jeff Goldberg

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Russ Roweltt (2022). Lighthouses of United states. (Last updated: 02.08.2022). https://www.ibiblio.org/lighthouse/nc.htm

Davyd Foard Hood and Joe Mobley (2015). James Buchanan Duke house National Register of historical places PDF. (Last updated: 01.02.2015) 

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Freelon Group Architects. Harvey B Gantt Center for African – American arts and culture. https://www.archdaily.com/140195/harvey-b-gantt-center-for-african-american-arts-culture-the-freelon-group-architects

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