c. 1900 – Salisbury, NC

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1008 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144

  • $27,500
  • 4 Bed
  • 2124 Sq Ft
  • 0.34 Ac.
Circa 1900 C.L Emerson house has been in the same family until 2016. Originally built as a stick-style Victorian circa 1900, it was later modified & enlarged by 1908 to represent a Queen Ann Style with a second story turret, full front porch & unique stone porch columns. This home retains most of its original stain grade millwork. It has unusual pierced kitchen cabinet doors that mimic the porch trim. The home sustained a very small electrical fire causing VERY LITTLE damage, but the home will need a complete restoration. Appears to have newer gas heat and central AC. Located in the heart of Salisbury's North Main Historic District & considered Pivotal in the National Historic Register.
Contact Information
Greg Rapp, Wallace Realty,
(704) 636-2021

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20 Comments on c. 1900 – Salisbury, NC

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  1. Bethany Otto says: 3429 comments

    Wow, this is so neat. It is totally enhanced by the old pictures. It’s so interesting, and I think rare, to have a picture from before the tower was added, and also an old picture with the tower. I hope someone interested in recreating this old house’s original features will be able to buy it.

  2. says: 168 comments

    Nice architecture. I like the original stick style, too.

  3. CharlestonJohn says: 1091 comments

    I like it as it sits. I love it in the historic photo before the remodel. Wonder what the story is with those porch columns?

    • David F says: 45 comments

      The columns are probably poured concrete. They were added when the porch was remodeled. You can see them in the old picture. I’m wondering why the railing was changed. The original remodel has spindles. What is remaining now looks almost like sawn-work, which would have been earlier. It could be just commercial lattice.

  4. Joe says: 748 comments

    This house has given me food for thought. Although the layout is different, and my house is two and one half stories, the original roofline is very similar to that of the house that my wife and I are working on and hoping to live in. I have been considering a tower addition for stairs and entry so that we don’t have to walk directly into the living room. I would wish for the tower addition to go to the ground with the porch extended to follow its contour because,to my eye, it would give better balance to the structure. I do like this house for more than the stimulation it has given my imagination. I wish there was a view of the tower from another angle. It appears to my eye to be hexagonal, but I can’t really tell. What do you think?

    • WhenIWintheLottery says: 61 comments

      The tower looks threesided to me.
      Also, the darker sepia photo with the tag does not look like this house. Why is that photo included?

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11874 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        That’s what it looked like originally. The description, ” Originally built as a stick-style Victorian circa 1900, it was later modified & enlarged by 1908 to represent a Queen Ann Style with a second story turret…”

      • Brendan says: 84 comments

        It is remarkably different but check out the brackets under the eaves on the right front of the house…they are both the same! Someone went hog wild with the changes here.

  5. EricHtownEricHtown says: 387 comments

    Such a bargain. It would be so fun to rip off that awful vinyl siding and see what wood’s left to work with and totally restore the exterior, including window patterns n decorative Victorian moldings. Then give it a strong paint scheme to make it stand out.

    • Greg Rapp says: 3 comments

      The house has no vinyl siding, it is all wood. However a number of the original window have been removed and replaced with some vinyl windows 🙁

  6. Tommy G says: 40 comments

    I think it is a great investment opportunity. The provenance is frosting on this cake. Love it.

  7. JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
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    This one is fun if you enjoy doing the forensics. Besides the original house appearing to be somewhat older than 1900, the remodeled house doesn’t resemble the one on the 1922 Sanborn map, not to mention the roads being realigned. And the children in the first photo don’t match this family at all, even if the 1903 date is off. I have no doubt the Emerson family owned the home for three generations and have fond memories, but the story and dates aren’t adding up.
    Poor Clarence Leroy died in his 50’s from “softening of brain from unknown cause,” although forty years of gas and oil fumes may have had something to do with it. His wife Effie F. died elsewhere and daughter Gladys was in L.A., so they were no help in recalling the true facts. Son Frank owned the place until the 70’s but he was born in 1909 and most of it happened before he was around.
    Who knows? It’s an old house with some nice features and some weird stuff.

    • Greg Rapp says: 3 comments

      Hi Jim, The tax records started in Rowan County in 1900. Yes I believe the house is older than 1900, probably 1890’s, It could be older, but there certianly was a delay in styles in Salisbury, What was hot up north or out west in the 1870’s didn’t get here until the 1880 or so. Main street was never re-aligned to my knowledge, and is lined with pre and early 1900’s homes. Originally there was a Trolley Line that ran down North Main to feed the Spencer Railway Shops. The foot print of the house on the Sanborn map is correct, and is mostly still the same footprint of the house save a few add ons in the back as was typical. I have been in this house and you can clearly see the additional 8 foot add on when it was converted from stick style to the Queen Anne, as you cab see the floors have the seem right where the old part of the house ended and the new part started. Thanks!

  8. Momof9 says: 89 comments

    A house just for me!

  9. Adele says: 15 comments

    Perfect! She just needs some love, elbow grease and paint. Love those stepped windows, the staircase, kitchen cabinets and that sink!

  10. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 242 comments

    Very interesting. Hope one of you history buffs clears up the mystery.

  11. abevy says: 310 comments

    Very interesting–a real experience to see original, & changes 1 & 2. Love the old pictures. Lots of work but would be so worth it. A real bargain.

  12. Bigrog says: 161 comments

    Gut the kitchen, and bathroom, take down the false ceiling, sand that dark stain down, and paint some lighter colors in there. The place looks spooky right now.

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