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:
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