1885 Gothic Revival – Hamilton, NC

Added to OHD on 6/28/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   39 Comments
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301 N Front St, Hamilton, NC 27840

  • $36,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2500 Sq Ft
Historic property, Gothic Revival, Eligible for Historic tax credits, original architecture and hardware, corner lot, blocks from Roanoke River boating access.
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Nancy Winslow, Keller Williams Realty,

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38 Comments on 1885 Gothic Revival – Hamilton, NC

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the agent for submitting this home. The one next door is for sale too! link

  2. Nancy says: 29 comments

    Who wants to know more about this charming Gothic Revival and the Town of Hamilton NC?

    • Marty Paris says: 1 comments

      I love the look of this house. Please send more info about it.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        If you are interested you need to call the agent, she is unable to email you directly.

      • Nancy says: 29 comments

        This is such a charming house. The kitchen and formal dining room is the original structure, now attached to the house with the porch enclosure. The porch enclosure is the picture with carpet and a low ceiling. The one bath in the house is also in the porch enclosure. We have lots of ideas for this house and would love to share them with you. You can email me directly at nancywinslow@kw.com. I look forward to talking with you about the house.

      • Nancy says: 29 comments

        Hey Marty,
        Be sure to click the link in the original listing to show all the listing information and pictures. The 8′-wide wrap-around porch is on 3 sides of the house and has the most wonderful breeze. The house is located on a corner lot right in town and on Hwy 903. I love sitting on the porch and watching the traffic – I call it “watching the world go by”. Please email me or call directly to talk more about the house – nancywinslow@kw.com; 252.813.1096. Thank you.

    • Elizabeth says: 1 comments

      Me. I’m intrigued. I read what’s on Wikipedia about the town. Does the town flood?

    • Sunflower & Poppy says: 50 comments

      Hi Nancy — we would certainly like to know more! It looks fantastic — We know nothing about the town so anything you could say about the property and the location would be a bonus.

      • Nancy says: 29 comments

        Hey Sunflower and Poppy, Hamilton is located on the Roanoke River about an hour from where the River turns into the Albemarle Sound. We are about 2 hours from the NC beaches. Hamilton is a small town about 15 minutes from our county seat in Williamston. We are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and we have an active volunteer group, Historic Hamilton Commission. Check out: Historic Hamilton NC and Martin County Travel and Tourism on Facebook, http://www.town-of-hamilton.com, http://www.roanokeriverpartners.org, You can email me directly at nancywinslow@kw.com; I’d love to chat with you about this property. Thank you.

  3. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1016 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    A lot of charm here, and I love the linoleum flooring. But I don’t get the photo of the breaker panel?

    • Nancy says: 29 comments

      Hey. The breaker box is on the back porch. I just wanted to show that the electricity is not a fuse box. The kitchen is quite large so you see lots of the linoleum – also in the bathroom, too. Please give me a call at 252.813.1096 or email directly at nancywinslow@kw.com and let’s keep the conversation going. Thank you.

      • Diane says: 557 comments

        The new owner might want to make sure the electric breaker box is considered “up to code” by the city and utility. In my area it is not but may be different in this town/state. If not, the code will be enforced prior to reconnecting or changing to the new owner’s names. That would mean it would need to be changed prior to having electric service making it a priority if you plan on living there right away or even having electricity for repairs/security.

        • Nancy says: 29 comments

          Hey Diane,
          I believe in ‘full disclosure’ – that’s why I put the breaker box picture in the listing. Town utility workers would be onsite to inspect before utilities will be turned on to make sure there aren’t any problems. If repairs are needed, we have good electrician choices nearby

  4. traci ostrander says: 7 comments

    Love everything about this house! Wonder why so cheap?

    • Nancy says: 29 comments

      This is a great price but the house needs work. Hamilton is a wonderful small, historic community on the banks of the mighty Roanoke River; however, there aren’t alot of job opportunities in the immediate area but certainly some within a 45 minute drive. Hamilton is about 2 hours from the NC beaches and 1-1/2 hours from Raleigh (our capital city). Feel free to call me directly 252.813.1096 and let’s talk. Thank you.

  5. Bethster says: 891 comments

    Cute house! Both this one and the one next door clearly need work, but they’re so inexpensive, perhaps someone could buy both and fix them up, and use the smaller one as a guest house or vacation rental.

    • Nancy says: 29 comments

      Hey. LOVE your comment – that’s exactly what I was thinking. The small sawtooth-trim house would be a perfect guest house, airbnb, mother-in-law, man cave or any other purpose that needs private quarters. The Gothic Revival is mysterious. charming, pretty, eye-catching and AFFORDABLE. Let’s make a deal!

  6. KevinB says: 131 comments

    that’s a whole lot of house for little money. looks like it could really become something great

    • Nancy says: 29 comments

      You can make that happen. There are plenty of very skilled restoration contractors around here who would be glad to do any parts you didn’t want to do. If you’re looking for history, charm and character without spending a tons, here’s your answer.

  7. JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Built for a Benjamin Bryant and known as the Bryant-Haislip House, it’s part of the Hamilton Historic District. From the NRHP report:

    Perhaps the most distinctive group of houses in Hamilton in this period is the collection of three surviving Gothic cottages. One of these is the Everett-Hitch-Salsbury House, a symmetrical house with a large center gable flanked by dormers on either side. The bargeboards at the gable ends and at the dormers contain simple sawn treatment in the Gothic mode. The Everett House (located just west of Hamilton, not in the district) and the Bryant Haislip House are virtually identical and are the work of the same builder whose identity is unknown. These houses differ from the Everett-Hitch-Salsbury House in massing; their multiple gables contain much simpler versions of the Gothic detail seen at the first house. This detail was probably local produced. In varying degrees other houses in Hamilton evidently followed the fashion for using the Gothic style, including the L-shaped Williams-Bellamy-Leggett House, which includes sawnwork Gothic trim at the gable extension.

    Bryant-Haislip House: c.l885, One-and-one half-story frame house, decorated in the Gothic. Revival style with an asymmetrically placed gable end and steeply pitched gable corners. Later Colonial Revival style wraparound porch. One of the few houses in town with a semi-detached kitchen. Similarity to the Everett-Hitch-Salisbury House (see #112) perhaps due to the fact that Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Everett were sisters.

    • Nancy says: 29 comments

      Jim H. Thanks for that wonderful account of the house and also our little town. It’s a beautiful historic town with tons of history still left. Please come visit us and let’s talk as we tour. Thank you, nancy

    • ErucJM says: 4 comments

      I’m new to home design. What does it mean when you state, “Semi-detached Kitchen?” Also, based on the pictures, was the kitchen original to the house, or added on later? It looks like an add-on, making me think that the original kitchen may have been a small area in back of original design of the house with wood-burning appliances.

    • EricJM says: 4 comments

      Hey, JimH,

      Based on deeper research on NRHP the builder for these properties was Justus Everett(1849-1913). He was one of the most prominent farmers, business owner and Justice of the Peace at the time in Martin County (near Palmyra).

  8. Plasterboy says: 116 comments

    How far to the nearest hospital ? Supermarket? Bank ?Building supply store store ? Listing says eligible for tax credits , what does that amount to ? Is there any insect rot in the wood, if so how extensive is it ? Is it city water / sewer ? Thank you

    • Sapphy says: 390 comments

      You can find the answer to most of your questions by searching the address of the house, then clicking on the “street view” and doing a “nearby” search. I wouldn’t expect this town to be in the center of a bustling metropolis though. For the price it’s most likely rural. Some people don’t mind having to drive two hours to get somewhere. I’m not one of them… particularly when it’s an emergency 😉

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Hardly two hours, looks like 30 minutes or less for grocery stores, hardware stores, etc.

      • Nancy says: 29 comments

        In two hours you could be sitting on the beach at Nags Head or at the symphony in Raleigh. There is a strong EMT/rescue/fire in town and the hospital is not more than 15 minutes away. The other things you probably need are about 10 minutes. If you like to go clothes shopping, that’s 15-45 minutes. Yes, we’re rural but not far from anything and we have very little traffic at all.

    • Nancy says: 29 comments

      Great questions, Plasterboy. Thanks for asking. Our county hospital is 15 minutes away in Williamston NC http://www.martingeneral.com/Martin-General-Hospital/Home.aspx); Food Lion grocery and Andrews Superette are both 8 miles away and a very easy drive – about 10 minutes; there is some termite damage in the back room with the heater and seems to be confined to about 1/4 of the room; the house is connected to town water and sewer; there is a fabulous hardware store one block away and a building supply store in Williamston (again, 15 minutes). The tax credits are for improvements to the property; we have the NC expert living just outside town. Email me and I’ll share that with you. Thanks again for your questions. Come visit and let’s make a deal! nancy

    • Nancy says: 29 comments

      Have I already answered this question? I think I have but can’t find it.

  9. Sapphy says: 390 comments

    So “American Gothic”, especially the exterior!

  10. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Thanks are due to the listing agent for her willingness to answer questions about the property. Some agents will only minimally respond to inquiries about properties in this price range but true professionals (as Nancy obviously is) are focused on potential buyers rather than providing levels of service based solely on price points.

    As for the architectural merits of this house. 1885 was very late for Gothic Revival style houses based on the popular designs by A.J. Downing and A.J. Davis introduced in the early 1850’s. One author, (William Plymat Jr.) described such late versions as Gothic “Survival” rather than Revival. In any case, the exterior gable verge boards with their characteristic for the style scroll-sawn patterns are the same as they were for Gothic houses built before the Civil War. The expanded wrap-around porch with the Classical columns is probably a turn of the last century addition as are the mirrored mantels inside. A clue to the original porch posts may be found on the back porch with its simple post featuring chamfered edges. The simple staircase, newels, and balusters are consistent with Gothic Revival originals, not the more ornate staircases from the 1880’s. The plain glass doorknob and backplate likely date from around 1910-1920 as do a couple of the light fixtures. Although the house is in the National Register of Historic Places, I suspect with additional research the house might date to an earlier period but, as noted, there were a few Gothic style holdovers being built as late as the 1880’s. With simple interiors of this kind, a great deal of latitude is available in choices of decor although a formal Gothic Revival interior wouldn’t be very suitable here. An informal Country/Farmhouse look with select antiques and primitives would probably work best. Interesting house overall.

    • Nancy says: 29 comments

      Thank you so much for your comments. It’s great to hear some of the new details you shared. There is one original column on back of each side. The mantles upstairs are suspected to be original. Please come visit! I’d love to show you around our little Historic Hamilton community and soak up your knowledge. Thanks. nancy

  11. Caroline says: 17 comments

    This is a very unique house inside and out. I’ve toured this home and except for the already mentioned termite damage it appears sturdy and ready for love. Lots of possibilities for this one. Come take a look.

    I live north of this home, same block, opposite side of the street, the Victorian on the corner. We’ve been in Hamilton for two years. We’ve been doing restoration and have used craftsmen in the area. We’d be happy to share information with you.

    Hamilton is a great town.

  12. Nancy says: 29 comments

    Thanks for your plug for Hamilton and the great contractors available, Caroline. Wouldn’t it be great to find someone with your sense of style and attitude for restoration.

  13. cheryl plato says: 179 comments

    so in love with this house.

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