House with a Story
Dr. John Whitehead, founder of the Whitehead-Stokes Sanatorium, in 1899 built four houses facing south in the 300 block of West Council Street in Salisbury, North Carolina. One of which is the house which was relocated to 120 North Jackson Street in 1986 ~ The John Whitehead House. These four homes are now a designated historic district, one of 10 historic districts in the City of Salisbury.
The Shaver Rental Houses National Historic District is the smallest district in Salisbury, as it includes only four properties, including three Queen Anne style homes on W. Council Street and the cottage at 120 N. Jackson Street. All are significant as representative examples of the type of rental housing built in Salisbury between 1899 and 1910 in response to the city’s tremendous growth. Each house represents a very specific time and aesthetic in Salisbury. The houses embody the distinctive architectural features characteristic of modest Queen Anne style houses of that period, exhibiting asymmetrical massing, steeply pitched hipped roofs with cross gables, one story wrap around porches and dominant front facing gables.
In 1923, the single-story Queen Anne Victorian home known as the John Whitehead House began to go through several changes in ownership. By 1986, the house was in dire straits and was scheduled for demolition in order for a neighboring church to expand its parking lot. In order to save the home, Historic Salisbury Foundation moved it to 120 North Jackson Street where it stands today ~ and is for sale via agent Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty (704.213.6846)
This move spared The John Whitehead House from demolition and helped stabilize 303-315 West Council Street, all of which still stands today. The brick piers and chimney had to be dismantled for the move and the house had to be re-situated on slightly higher piers because of the sloping lot at 120 N. Jackson Street. Other than these adjustments, no historic fabric was lost in the move, including the plaster over lath walls. In January 1988, the John Whitehead House was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in the Shaver Rental Houses Historic District.
Victorian Residential Architecture
A list of Queen Anne features can be deceptive. Queen Anne architecture does not adhere to an orderly list of characteristics—the Queen refuses to be easily classified. Bay windows, balconies, stained glass, turrets, porches, brackets, and an abundance of decorative details may combine in unexpected ways.
Also, Queen Anne details can be found on less pretentious houses. In American cities, smaller working-class homes were given patterned shingles, spindle work, extensive porches, and bay windows. Many turn-of-the-century houses are in fact hybrids, combining Queen Anne motifs with features from earlier and later fashions.
The John Whitehead House is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Typical of a simple, yet well-finished one-story, Queen Anne Style cottage, 120 N Jackson Street has kept much of its original integrity. It boasts a cross gabled roof and full width porch with turned posts and baluster as well as spindlework frieze.
The home, in its wonderful central downtown location, served as the offices for Historic Salisbury Foundation for several years before the agency purchased and renovated the historic Salisbury Depot where its office reside today. 120 N. Jackson Street has been more recently used as law offices; its kitchenette and six spacious rooms made the home a perfect office setting. Yet,with minimal remodeling, The John Whitehead House can be reestablished as a residential home (it will need a full-bath installed ~ it has one half-bath currently).
Inside, 120 N. Jackson Street is handsomely detailed with molded door and window framed and reeded wainscoting throughout. The mantels are simple but boldly detailed with a variety of molding patterns and bulls-eye ornaments. Solid four-panel doors have delicate brass hardware.
The large center hall, nearly 40 feet long by 8 feet wide, is a room unto itself, handsomely separating the front and rear portions of the home by an opening fitted with glazed French doors and a handsome spindlework lunette. It opens to the front and rear of the house. The original door with tall arched lights remains at the rear entrance but the front door was replaced in an earlier remodeling, from what might have been a simple door and window surround, characteristic of Queen Anne houses, with elaborated pediments.
This historic home looks small from the exterior, but once you step inside you'll see how spacious 2140 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 1 half-bath can be... including the adorable cubby kitchen or kitchenette ~ with its arched entry and efficient use of tiny space including built-in china cabinet and cream-colored cabinetry. And, with the sink nice and close to the stove, you don't have to haul meal preparations very far! How nice to have the sink near the window with a nice view into the small back yard.
You will love the large bay window nook in the front parlor. A similar nook can be found in the historic Stokes-Snider House, originally home to Dr. J. Ernest Stokes, one of the South’s eminent surgeons, and partner with Dr. John Whitehead, who together championed the Whitehead-Stokes Sanitorium, which grew over the years to a 60-bed hospital at the corner of North Fulton and Liberty streets. The Stokes-Snider House at 324 N. Fulton, sold by Greg Rapp, is now gloriously restored to a bed & breakfast called 'Across The Pond'. Stories passed down through time tell us that Dr. Snider's wife would sit in the 'nook' and watch for patients coming up the path!
This beautifully preserved Queen Anne can be your next home, a live-work potential right in thriving downtown Salisbury, or can be purely a home for your business. Let Greg Rapp know your vision...and make an appointment to see this piece of North Carolina history...and make it your own! (704) 213-6846.
120 N. Jackson Street
Salisbury NC 28144
Wallace Realty Co.
704 213 6846 Mobile
704 636 2021 Office