Save This Old House: North Carolina Queen Anne Filled with Treasures
A desirable location and charming details make a heavy reno worth the trouble
Published January, 2016
Location: La Grange, North Carolina
Contact: Claudia Deviney, 252-482-7455; [email protected]
The history: The town of La Grange was founded in 1869 as a farming community, but a few residents were wealthy enough to build majestic homes. This manse was one of them, erected circa 1890 by George B. W. Hadley, the son of a prominent local physician, Dr. J. M. Hadley, who financed the project and lived upstairs while using the first floor as his office and exam area. The house passed through a few hands after the Hadleys, even serving a brief stint as a thrift shop. Now, Preservation North Carolina is looking for a new owner who can salvage its beauty.
Shown: The four-bedroom, three-bath house is about 4,000 square feet and sits on a half-acre lot.
Why save it? The classic Queen Anne is rich in detail, including inlaid wood floors, stained-glass windows, and sections of board-and-batten wainscoting. Outside, the house is clad in Dutch-lap wood siding. Its generous porch is adorned with turned posts and a spindle frieze and is crowned with a small balcony.
Shown: Paneled casings highlight the bay windows from the exterior.
What it needs: The bones are in good shape, and so is the exterior, though it will need some fresh paint and a few repairs. Most of the windows and doors are intact, too, and the flooring is in fair condition throughout. But this will still be a full reno that requires adding plumbing and HVAC and updating the electrical. Fortunately, the current owners already tore out most of the plaster, which will help make faster work of the installations; and though the town has fewer than 3,000 residents, it's only 15 miles from Goldsboro and 67 miles from Raleigh. The updates may not be easy, but a home this grand is worth the effort.
Shown: A carved oak balustrade and newel post grace the stairs. Most of the plaster has been removed.