1856 Greek Revival – Clinton, NC

Added to OHD on 5/26/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   22 Comments
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311 W Main St, Clinton, NC 28328

  • $200,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3466 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
This wonderful Greek Revival beauty, known as the Allmond Holmes House, was built in 1856. Perfectly situated on a one acre lot in the historic district of downtown Clinton, North Carolina. Behind the home, and included in the sale, are 3 other structures - the interesting original smoke house and two guest houses. Some updating is required, but the numerous original architectural details are astounding.
Contact Information
Paul Setliff, ERA Dream Living Realty,
(919) 665-6500

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22 Comments on 1856 Greek Revival – Clinton, NC

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  1. David Wiseheart says: 14 comments

    Again I know I sound like a broken record but why would anyone paint all that beautiful wood word?

  2. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    Because it’s a Greek Revival, the woodwork in most Federal and Greek Revival style homes was painted from the beginning. Victorian homes typically had stained woodwork

  3. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    No point in repeating the architectural narrative in the listing. The house inside does reflect the two periods. (1850’s and c. 1912) While it was common to paint and faux grain interior woodwork in the 1850’s not so much in 1912 although that was about the time the “Great Whiteout” of the 20th century was underway in earnest. By the World War I era, paint companies were recommending painting Victorian era homes all white to minimize the then obsolete ornamental details. Millions of homeowners complied, so that any Victorian era home never painted white is a rarity. But Greek Revivals were painted white originally (to mimic the white marble stone the ancient temples were built of) often with dark green shutters. One would have to investigate the interior woodwork to determine original paint or not. In the almost impossible category, would be how to deal with original faux wood graining found under later layers of paint. Sometimes the later layers can be carefully removed but most often not. If the bare wood under the paint layers is of cheap pine or poplar, then it was likely painted from day one.

  4. This is seriously my dream house -amazing!

  5. Kenneth Lee Benjamin says: 57 comments

    LOve this house,I really wanted it when I saw it was for sale but I was thought it has been sold not long ago.Its a grand home but like most of you I wish the original wood was left unpainted

  6. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 359 comments

    Nice house, nice setting, and, also worth noting, a nicely accurate description from the listing agent.

    The photo of the bedroom(?) with the blue-grey painted woodwork and gilt mirror hanging over the chimneypiece is an interesting study in the two periods and two styles coming together in one space, not unhappily.

    And two kind of nice cottages part of the deal.

  7. Kenneth Lee Benjamin says: 57 comments

    Great,House is back on the market,I guess the deal fell thru and I might take the 6 hour ride east to see this house.Not too cray about being so close to the coast due to the hurricanes that come pretty close to Clinton but with this grand old home I may take a chance.Alot of history here with the house.The original kitchen,now a garage would quickly be turned back into a kitchen and maybe try to use that old smoke house,and turn the carriage house into my art studio,Ive got some plans in my head already.Dinning room needs to be a bit more elegant and grand and that dark green wall has to go.A rainy night on that upstairs summer porch makes me think of Tennessee Williams style house in so many of his stories.will keep ya posted if and when I get to Clinton

  8. JimHJimH says: 5157 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Anybody see the “handsome, grape cluster-decorated, marble Greek Revival mantel” added to the front west parlor in 1949?

    And what is the little octagonal structure in the back yard?

    The most recent owner:

  9. Jill says: 4 comments

    Toured this home today (Sept 2016). It needs A LOT of work. There is quite a bit of water damage on the ceilings, needs to be rewired, bathrooms all need work, the kitchen “addition” should be removed and rebuilt, the brick foundation in the garage (which was the old free-standing kitchen) need to be repaired (mortar).

    The old smokehouse is interesting and might be put to use. Needs a new roof. Currently full of debris.

    The two outbuildings need quite a lot of attention — mold remediation, new roof, new HVAC, and more.

    The property is lovely — with a lot of potential. BUT a really huge job.

  10. codi says: 1 comments

    This home has a beautiful classical livable look however, it is really appreciated to learn of the accuracy of its current condition in details…thanks.

  11. Ann says: 96 comments

    What a beautiful house! A shame though to see all that woodwork painted. I wouild have to strip that stairxcase first. Even if it took 5 years!

  12. Ann says: 1 comments

    I disagree with the September comment about the amount of work needed on this home. Although the roof should be reshingled, there was no significant, visible water damage. I also do not agree with the necessity of rewiring. The home was lived in until 3 years ago. It would be no small undertaking to keep it up, but it is good shape considering.

  13. Deb says: 49 comments

    A real beauty. I wouldn’t change a thing

  14. Jill Gerard says: 4 comments

    This house is in ROUGH shape. The roof is compromised. Actually the roof on every single building on the property is compromised. The pictures make things look much better than they are.

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