Architecture You Love
A North Carolina 501C3 Educational Nonprofit Archive Documenting, Preserving, and Promoting Residential Modernist Architecture

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JAMES BELMONT WILLIS, JR. AIA (1937-2012)

Willis was born in Morehead City NC and graduated in 1955 from Morehead City HS.  He served in the Army for a few years. A 1963 graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in architecture, he went into business in Fayetteville with Mason Hicks as Hicks and Willis 1965-1967 before going out on his own in Morehead City at the age of 30. 

Following his son Matthew, he moved to Laguna Beach CA around 2000, working for two firms in Delmar and Newport Beach then back on his own.  He had an amazing ability to spontaneously draw fully in 3D, upside down, for clients.

His drawings were put in storage in Havelock NC before moving to California.  Willis did not recover them, and they were thrown away. 


4919 Holly Ln, Morehead City, NC 28557 Main Gallery Photo#1

1940/1987 - The Jan Willis renovation, 4919 Holly Lane, Morehead City NC.


1962 - The Swindell House, 139 Charlie Lewis Lane, Beaufort NC.


  Around 1969 - The David Freshwater Residence, 220 Roanoke Avenue, Morehead City NC. 


Around 1969 - The Dr. Best House, near Sealevel NC. On steel pilings, with a flat roof.  Burned down around 2008.


Around 1969 - The Dr. Kendall House, a series of buildings in the marsh, near Sealevel NC.


Around 1969 - The Elmendor Residence, sound side of Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach NC.


Around 1970 - The Noble House, Pinewood Drive, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach NC.


Around 1970 - The Randy Gazelle? House, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach NC.


1970 - The James Willis House, 5011 Bogue Avenue, Morehead City NC.  Features a pyramid roof in middle.


1973 - The Sylvester Fleming Residence, 159 Loblolly Drive, Pine Knoll Shores, NC. Wrightian.  Project architect, Jim McGrew.  Renovated in 1987.


Year unknown - The David Byrd Residence, Cedar Island NC.


Year unknown - The Tommy Oglesby House, 910 Country Club Lane, Morehead City NC


Year unknown - The Harold Talton Party House, New Bern NC.  Airport side of Neuse River.  Jim Dugan worked on the project.


Year unknown - The Gib Arthur Party House, Morehead City NC.


Year unknown - The Troy Smith Residence, Country Club Road, Trent Woods, New Bern NC.  Plus a boathouse.  Edgar Carr was the project architect.


1970's - The Coral Bay Condominiums, Atlantic Beach NC.  These were the first condos at Atlantic Beach.  Jim McGrew, project architect.


Around 1972 - The Tar Landing Condos, Atlantic Beach NC.  Designed with land planner Dick Bell.


1972- The Tony Seamon House, 4706 San Juan Circle, Morehead City NC.  Project architect, Jim McGrew.


1973 - The Seal House, 202 Oakleaf Drive, Pine Knoll Shores NC. As of 2016 owned by Richard C. Seale, Trustee.




1974 - The Browne House, 201 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores NC.

1976 - The Joe Beam House, 5233 Webb Court, Morehead City NC.




1976 - The Newsome House, 199 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores NC.

Around 1977 - The Broad Creek Middle School, Hwy 24, near Swansboro NC.  Other schools included Morehead Middle School, Newport Elementary School, Sherwood Park Elementary School, the Ocracoke School.


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Around 1978 - Charlie Bennett's 8.5 Marina Village, sound side of Atlantic Beach NC.  Designed with land planner Dick Bell and architect Ligon Flynn. Built with modular mobile homes.


1978 - The Tilly House, 4500 Gloucester Drive, Trent Woods, NC.


1979 - The George Boslet House, 318 Channel Drive, Emerald Isle NC.


1985 - The Dr. Goodman House, 558 Seashore Drive, Atlantic NC As of 2016 owned by Charles L. Snipes III














1985 - The George Oliver house, 5206 Holly Court, Morehead City NC. Sold in 2016.


1985 - The Virginia Little House, 1408 Patterson, Morehead City NC.


1986 - The Lockwood Philips house, 221 Lands End Road, Morehead City NC.



1986 - The Fenner Corbett House, 1274 Shackleford Street, Morehead City NC.

1991 - The Frank Guthrie House, 599 Forest Dunes Drive, Pine Knoll Shores NC.  As of 2016 owned by Daniel R. Taylor  Jr. and Gwynne Etux.




1997 - The Tulevich House,  123 Core Drive West, Morehead City NC.

1998 - The Land House, 700 Lands Pointe Road, Morehead City NC . As of 2016 owned by Larry M Land and Lynette M. Etux.


1999 - The Walter Perkins House, Ocean Ridge Drive, Atlantic Beach NC.









2001 - The Holt House, 1538 Front Street, Beaufort NC. For sale in 2016.




2008 - The Geer House, 3213 Evans Street, Morehead City  NC.



2008 - The Carmichael House, 4907 Trent Woods Drive, Trent Woods NC. Sold in 2007.


Sources include:  Son Pug Willis, Jim Dugan, Edgar Carr, son Matthew Willis, Dick Bell.