Greek Revival/Italianate – Warrenton , NC – $175,000

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326 Twitty Rd, Warrenton , NC 27589

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  • $175,000
  • 4400 Sq Ft
  • 75 Ac.
Built in two phases, the earliest section was constructed sometime between 1829 and 1846 for Ann Arnold Key and Daniel Turner, the daughter and son-in-law of Francis Scott Key. Its expansion and fashionable updates were likely commissioned by Richard B. Robinson who purchased Reedy Rill in 1854. The resulting form and exuberant detail are thought to be the work of Jacob Holt, a popular builder among the area’s tastemakers. Reedy Rill has been in the Twitty Family for over a century.

An archival photo of Reedy Rill provides valuable evidence of the fanciful decorative woodwork that was once displayed on the exterior. Against an otherwise traditional Greek Revival form, Holt added Italianate brackets along the roof cornice, placed two-story engaged pilasters at each corner, and arranged paired porch posts linked by delicate woodwork, brackets and balustrade along the wide one-story front porch. Though much of its more exuberant decoration was lost or removed, the engaged corner pilasters, tall graceful paired windows with arched top sashes with tracery, an elaborate front entrance with double-leaf arched panel doors, a transom and sidelights accentuated by delicate tracery within arched and circular windows, divided by heavy brackets and molding remain. The low hipped roof is punctuated by two interior stucco chimneys and the tall stone foundation, which houses a full basement, is finished with scored stucco.

The house has been unoccupied for several years and will require a complete rehabilitation including restoration of the front porch, restoration of the windows, mechanical systems, structural repair of the rear addition (or construction of a new addition), and new bathrooms and kitchen. The once admired winding front drive has become overgrown, though several of the ancient boxwood survive. This remarkable property has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since the early 1970s and is eligible for tax credits.

Located near Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake and only an hour from Raleigh, Warren County is admired for its picturesque scenery, charming character, and remarkably preserved historic buildings. Dozens of properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places including much of historic Warrenton, the county seat. Only one hour to Research Triangle Park region and 1.5 hours to Richmond, VA.
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34 Comments on Greek Revival/Italianate – Warrenton , NC – $175,000

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  1. says: 16 comments

    Those curved windows are huge! And it comes with 75 acres…kind of wishing I lived in the South right now.

  2. This could be a gorgeous home again. Those windows!!

  3. Barbara VBarbara V says: 1306 comments
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    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Oh, what a wonderful house – I am in love with every bit of it. I bet it has a great old kitchen and bathrooms, as well. Kelly, if this ends up being remuddled, please don’t show us, OK? It would break my heart.

    BTW, did anyone notice the huge barn to the east of the house, visible in the aerial view? And half a dozen cars abandoned here and there in the woods? What a fun property this would be to explore…

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7549 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      >remuddled, please don’t show us
      THIS! I couldn’t bear it.

      >barn – cars
      Nooo – thanks’ for the heads up Barbara!

    • BoobtubeBoobtube says: 321 comments
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      1984 Post and Beam saltbox

      I also noticed a large swath of trees that seemed to have been stricken with a blight. All lying over dead in a broad fairly barren patch. Wonder what happened there?

    • JimHJimH says: 5635 comments
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      It’s not a barn but the another old plantation house, the chimneys visible on earlier aerials. This was prosperous tobacco country before the Civil War, and with little money around since, it’s a prime area for antebellum houses in undeveloped surroundings (if you don’t mind a little poverty). The county seat of Warrenton has 200 contributing buildings in its historic district with a population of only 850.
      It’s a good thing that Preservation NC is working on this endangered relic. The condition isn’t good but the landscape context, architecture, authenticity and historic associations are all excellent. Can’t beat the price with the acreage either.
      (Since antebellum woodwork was “always painted”, let’s get some semi-gloss on those mantels – that’s a joke!)

      • Hey there. Two of my friends will likely be contacting the sellers soon, if they haven’t already. So, this other old plantation house, is that still on the property and included on the acreage? Thanks. Also, the interest my friends have in it, WOULD be to “retore” it to its original glory versus to “renovate” and change it in any major ways.

    • ctmeddctmedd says: 570 comments

      Where did you find the aerial view? I’d love to see it.

  4. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1078 comments
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    What a treasure! Great originality intact; the house just needs a very gentle hand to revive it. The millwork — including window sash and doors — is quite beautiful, some with interesting faux graining. The door hardware has also happily survived. Hopefully someone who understands and values all of this will buy the house.

  5. ZerberbabyZerberbaby says: 43 comments
    1967 cape cod

    It still amazes me how anyone can let such an incredible house fall into such a state of disrepair! I hope someone is able to purchase this and restore it to the beautiful home it is underneath all the neglect!

  6. SherryLynnSherryLynn says: 104 comments
    Marion, AR

    I love this house! I wish it were closer to me. Those curved windows are huge and gorgeous!

  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 7549 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Now yer talkin! Yehhhehehehaaaahhh. On 75 acres = straight up.

    It would break my heart to see this great house all “restored”, fancified, and perfect schmerfect to within an inch of it’s life. “Fix it up” of course; but try to preserve as much of that great character as possible – please.

  8. klarsen1839klarsen1839 says: 68 comments

    This house is in my state, and when it first came up on the state preservation society newsletter … it’s that second to last photo on here that just made want to cry. Be still my heart, it’s gorgeous. The sun shining through those amazing windows into that amazing room. I can perfectly picture this house all cleaned up and at her very best – that one room in particular. I can just see a life being lived here. I can only hope that someday I’ll be in some sort of financial position to be able to find and afford a house with this much character to lovingly restore.

  9. JohntiqueJohntique says: 87 comments
    Winter Park, FL

    There certainly is a lot to work with! … this house could really shine – again! It’s so sad to see these “treasures” slip away due to neglect.
    When this house was new – it was made to look fresh, stylish – and “a la mode”; I am of the school of Museum Restoration; it wasn’t meant to look worn and dingy – and it shouldn’t now. I’d make it look like it was built yesterday – which WOULD NOT take a thing away from it’s antique origins. It would not look “new”, nor would it look like “Home Depot” just left. I am a purist …. from period detail – to period colors – to period wall coverings – to period carpeting, blah blah blah. You get the idea! Just because something is old and lived in – it doesn’t have to reflect poor care or maintenace. If you restore carefully – and correctly – you will never “lose” that patina of age!

    • HousenutHousenut says: 69 comments

      You hit the nail on the head. Bravo. This house has protective covenants so won’t be too over done. I’d buy in a flash if I weren’t up to my eyeballs with two I’m doing now not far away.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7549 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      A perfectly valid position to take.

      If only all those who undertake an extensive, expensive, “restoration” would do so thoughtfully, “carefully – and correctly”. So many homes we see have not been the beneficiaries of that level of exhaustive research, planning, and period correct execution; and it always pains me a bit to see great houses like this with the thought that they will likely not be so lucky as the very few which have been truly restored.

      Now personally; I just flat like them a little worn and lived in. I’d rather live in the old Twitty place, rather than the impressive museum. Heheheh. It’s just a matter of preference. Neither position is any more valid than the other.


    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1078 comments
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      You would be the ideal buyer for this house. However, you are not likely to buy it. Realistically, no purist is going to buy this house at this time and in this location. Purists, sadly, are a dying breed. The best we can hope for from younger buyers (who have been brainwashed by HGTV television) is a gentle hand with a limited budget that does not allow for sweeping changes. In this way, the restoration you envision will still be possible down the road.

  10. JBirdJBird says: 43 comments

    I spent time researching this home as it really got my curiosity going. I always feel alittle sad for a home that was once grand and loved then for whatever reason has been slowly left alone- if that makes any sense. It seems Francis Keys daughters husband took a job and went to Ca. Then she went. In the meantime someone else had the home but lost it. Sold off pieces of the property. Did logging on it too – after that was when the Twitty family bought it. I wondered the same thing about the beautiful trim so I went searching for answers. Not sure if a person, Storm or tree may have caused damaged and they removed it.It’s an awesome home and I hope whoever buys it will protect original look.

  11. ggrammerggrammer says: 171 comments
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    2005 Generic Traditional
    Lakeland, TN

    I love this house!! I think I would just stablize the outside and then clean and shine up the floors and woodwork and keep everything as is inside…wouldn’t paint much inside…keep it in it’s “old” state and just live in it.. Is that weird? Anyone else?

  12. Gregory_KGregory_K says: 447 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    I knew this had to be a Jacob Holt house when I first saw it and before I looked at the description. It is typical of his broad shouldered, square designs from the middle of the 19th century.
    I could never live in a house in this condition. I am not a museum person, but peeling paint and broken plaster do not excite me. When you have your morning coffee, and there is a dusting of plaster on it, when you need a suit and discover that plaster dust and flaking paint have ‘grayed’ its shoulders, and you’ve been living there for a while, the condition this house is in would become depressing.
    I really object to the hard and boring commercial appearance of most of the renovation-restoration work on television today, where everything has been replaced, but putting an historic building back together, so its historic owners wouldn’t be upset were they to see it again, is fine with me. For me, peeling paint isn’t authentic, its just messy.

  13. ctmeddctmedd says: 570 comments

    Oh, to win the lottery! We’ve been wanting to live in NC anyway, and this beauty would certainly be a contender.

  14. I STILL fantasize about a slow – organic multi-layered refurbishing of this BEAUTY – yet when they wrote back and said it was an extra $1MILLION to restore – i was saddened… Wondering sometimes if it’s possible to team up with community colleges and make these things a project… my dad – the contractor – always said the hardest thing was getting the workers to show up every day…


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