July 15, 2014

Circa 1900 Victorian ~ A Pivotal Property in the North Main Historic District ~ Just $75,000!

(Editor's Note 10/22/2014: This home is now listed at just $65,000!) 

This eclectic two story late Victorian dwelling, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the most elaborate in the North Main Historic District, and was built for J R Crawford in 1900. Crawford occupied the house for more than thirty years, after which it was occupied by Joseph Womble until the 1940s.  Located in the North Main Historic District, 826 N. Main Street is listed as one of the ‘7 Jewels of Salisbury’ (The Salisbury Watchman, 1988, Ron Buffaloe).

Properties in the historic districts of Salisbury , North Carolina are categorized as pivotal, contributing, or intrusions.  Set on a terraced lot looking out over N. Main Street, the J. R. Crawford home at 826 N. Main Street is a classified as pivotal, and vividly demonstrates the asymmetrical composition and enthusiastic exterior and interior treatment of the late Victorian period.  Its steeply sloped hip roof is interrupted by projecting gables, one of which contains an unusually shaped ogee.

This house has EVERYTHING you might imagine would exist in a large Victorian home. Rooms are graciously sized (the smallest of the 4 bedrooms is 15 x 13 ~ the kitchen is 22 feet long!), large bay windows, fireplaces and gorgeous mantles in almost every room.  A second story door led to a small balcony that was recently removed.

The unique large oval window in the foyer facing out onto the porch and Main Street is the most recognizable feature, and there are a handful of unique triangular windows throughout the home.

The entrance door has diamond leaded glass transom. The entry foyer and upstairs landing area are spacious good sized rooms in their own right!


An extremely handsome porch with robust turned posts and bold sawn brackets defines the asymmetrical façade which contains a large oval window.

♫ “Front porch um… sweet nothin’s ~ Well do I love you? Of course, um…. sweet nothin’s.
Mama turned on the front porch light ~ Sayin’ come here darlin’ do…”♫

Got lazy days? Got sweet nothin’s? Well, this house has got the best porch ever ~ wrapping 3/4 around the home and resplendent with period gingerbread trim and turned woodwork decked out in 'Painted Lady' style!


The Victorian motif is maintained on the interior by a fine staircase with elaborately carved newel and turned balustrade, and symmetrical molding with round corner blocks.

Wainscoting and beadboard can be found in many of the rooms, as well as plank, tongue-and-groove walls.  Chair molding accents many rooms.
The home retains a variety of elaborate mantels. These mantels all feature mirrored over-mantels and range in style from fanciful Victorian with elegantly carved posts, to more formal Revival styles with massive classical columns.


Yes, this house needs some work, but it has good bones and will prove well worth the time and money. Two upstairs rooms do not have duct-work for Heat or AC. The owners in 1986 started renovations to completely redo the home.  When they purchased it the home had been vacant for approximately 10 years.  The home used to have plaster walls but they changed it all to sheet rock. Repairs and renovations to this spectacular jewel of a home over the years include:

1.  Gutted the house and salvaged wood work, using heat guns to take it back to its natural look.
2.  Rewired entire house and installed 8 hunter fans.
3.  Re-plumbed the house with new water & sewer pipes.
4.  Removed the old roof, repaired the rafters and put on a new roof.
5.  Put in gutters to the remainder of the home to match with the existing gutters.
6.  Added a deck 8'x12' using pressure treated pine lumber with 2x6 floor and side rails.
7.  Extended the porch 17 1/2 feet to match existing porch to end of dining room.
8.  Installed 17 foundation vents, repaired and repointed foundation.
9.  Repaired porch and replaced deteriorated wood.
10. Removed wall across back, installed 4 windows 24x32.
11. Built 6'x8' stoop and rails using treated pine and steps.
12. Removed all plaster from home.
13. Put up sheet rock where plaster was on all walls and ceilings.
14. Removed wall in utility room.
15. Built wall for bath, built wall at step in rear with door for bath.  Exposed brick in back and closed door to utility room.  Added new pine floors.
16. Repaired floor in utility room, den and replaced floor joists as needed with new pine floor.
17. Added new pine floor to south room, parlor, hall, dining room and living room.
18. Removed upstairs bath, built new bath 6 x 12' and added closet on north wall.
19. Built steps to basement.
20. Raised floor under dining room and leveled by adding piers.
21. Added storm windows and doors made from black iodized aluminum.
22. Insulated outside walls with fiberglass bats and also blow in insulation.
23. Raised insulation in ceiling to R30.
24. Rebuilt chimneys from roof up.
25. Repaired siding as needed.
26. Reconstructed upper interior staircase.

This nearly 2900 square foot home, with 4 bedrooms and two full baths, could not be priced more attractively!  At just $75,000 ~ you will NOT find another home of this grandeur at such a low price.  That is not a typo ~ the home is not $175K or even $275K, which it would easily sell for in other parts of the country ~ but just $75,000!

The homes and residences in this district are supported by a neighborhood association that speaks on behalf of the neighborhood to city officials, with a special effort to retain the residential culture of this last historic corridor into the City of Salisbury. Realtor® Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty has more pictures of this great home ready to show you....or call Greg at (704) 213-6846 to see this marvelous specimen home for yourself!

The J. R. Crawford House circa 1900
826 N. Main Street
Salisbury NC 28144
MLS #R56628A

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 


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