January 20, 2022

Stately Circa 1838 Greek Revival Home - Sold by Greg Rapp | Salisbury Real Estate


The stately brick home known as The Torrence House is on The National Register of Historic Places and is one of the centerpiece properties in Salisbury's West Square Historic District.  And thanks to Greg Rapp with Salisbury Real Estate LLC, it is now the property of a new owner!

This impressive Pre-Civil War 3-story home at
428 W. Bank Street is built in the Greek Revival style with additional Italianate elements. The home's front portion dates from 1838 with rear additions created in 1899.

Can you picture it? Women dressed in layers upon layers of full skirts, petticoats, and bonnets; men in waistcoats ~ and the wooden paddle-wheel steamship
SS Great Western accomplished the first transatlantic voyage entirely dependent on steam. Local transportation was accomplished by walking, riding a horse, or riding in a wagon or horse-drawn carriage. For those rare occasions when people traveled longer distances, people still walked or used a horse, typically traveling no more than 20 or 30 miles per day. Most roads were just wagon ruts, which limited wagons to about the speed of a walker — roughly three miles per hour. There were a few stagecoach lines between some major cities that traveled about 50 miles per day depending on the quality of the roads, but they were expensive. The only organized travel was by sailing ships that carried passengers and freight over planned routes on the Great Lakes, between cities on the East Coast, and between America and Europe. A one-way trip to Europe when the original owners were at 428 E. Bank Street commonly took six to 10 weeks, depending on winds and storms. If this house could talk ~ the stories it would share!

The home overlooks the West Square neighborhood from atop its partially above grade basement and its elevated lot. Of note is the marvelous front veranda that spans the entire width of the house. Wood floors and gorgeous wood trim gleam throughout this elegant 5-bedroom/3.5-bath home. The Torrence House offers all the things one might expect in a grand home of this era: dramatic foyer, grand staircase, expansive formal parlors, dining rooms, and library, and a large kitchen that leads to a screened back porch overlooking a jewel of a private rear garden patio. Fireplaces?  Of course! This gorgeous home offers six fireplaces: two in the basement, two on the ground floor, and two bedroom fireplaces!

Beautiful historic downtown Salisbury and the new Bell Tower Green center-city are just blocks away. Salisbury's vibrant downtown is home to three live theatre troupes, a public library, nationally accredited art gallery, and a plethora of restaurants, nightlife, and specialty shops. 

Realtor®/Broker Greg Rapp
is considered the Salisbury/Rowan area's premier real estate agent when it comes to marketing historic and vintage properties. With the widest reach for both sellers and purchasers, his record in the historic market is both consistent and award-winning. Selling your vintage property? Looking to purchase a home with a history (and the quality and character only older homes possess)? Greg Rapp is the agent to work with.  704.213.6846 is the number to call.

428 W Bank Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Greg Rapp 

Salisbury Real Estate LLC 
704 213 6846 Mobile 

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