Brodie Stewart Thompson


Brodie Stewart Thompson

Place of birth: 
North Carolina, USA
Date of birth: 
Place of death: 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Date of death: 

Brodie S. Thompson (Brodie is pronounced “braw-dee” and sometimes spelled Broadie in documents), lived at 214 Henderson Street in Chapel Hill in a house he built in 1920. Considered to be one of Chapel Hill’s finest builders, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s, "his structures were noted for their high-quality materials and workmanship."

Besides building numerous dwellings in Chapel Hill, Thompson also built the Strowd Building in 1922, the McRae Building in 1925, rebuilt the Brockwell Building in 1925 after a fire, the Sorrell Building in 1927 (home to the Carolina/Village/Varsity Theater), and the Village Apartments in 1936. In 1948-1949, he supervised the construction of Morehead Planetarium.

He married Lovie Lola Thompson in 1911. He also served as a Chapel Hill alderman. He was an avid turkey hunter. He died of a heart attack in 1971.



For additional information, see Brodie Thompson, Master Builder, by Doug Eyre, Chapel Hill News, October 25, 2000.


Other structures he is known to have built:

210 Henderson Street (1917)
211 Henderson Street (the S. J. Brockwell House)(1925)
310 Henderson Street
301 Hillsborough Street (the Warren House)(1922)
104 North Boundary Street (1927)
206 North Boundary Street (1926)
209 North Boundary Street (1920)
523 East Rosemary Street (1930)
601 East Rosemary Street
603 East Franklin Street (the Trabue-Cobb House)(1925)
614 East Franklin Street (1922)
619 East Franklin Street (the Royster-Umstead House)(1923)
623 East Franklin Street (1930)
625 East Franklin Street (1930)
729 East Franklin Street (1922)
110, 200, and 204 West Cameron Avenue (Cameron Court)(1926-1927)


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