This beautifully maintained stately home on one of Charlotte’s prettiest tree lined streets is a classic example of Colonial Revival architecture in the Adams style. The house is a large two story side gabled brick home arranged symmetrically as is common of the Colonial movement and is accented by three gabled dormers and is flanked on either side by one story flat roofed side wings.
Built in 1926 this home is constructed with 13” solid brick and terra cotta masonry exterior walls in what was referred to as a “fireproof house” designed by renowned Charlotte Architect Louis Asbury, North Carolina’s first professional Architect. Asbury’s original plans are included as part of this homes legacy.
From the street one enters the property by a circular drive that engages the entry porch. There you are greeted by a front entry that consists of a flat roofed porch supported by fluted columns and pilasters. The six paneled door is surrounded by sidelights and a transom. The windows are original 6 over 1 lead glass with Adams style narrow muntins flanked by painted cedar shutters with functional hardware. Brick jack arches with cast keystones adorn each window. The south facing side porch has been masterfully enclosed to create a sunroom while the north facing side porch remains an open air retreat for hot summer days.
The current owners have had an addition built on the rear of the house. It is tastefully done and built with great care and attention to detail to match the original home as closely as possible. This addition added much needed space to the second floor master suite and provided a first story outdoor living area through an elevated covered porch with classic Greek columns and iron railings. This outdoor living area is complete with gas fireplace and ceiling fans for almost year round use and overlooks the beautifully landscaped back yard with mature plantings.
The interior of the home is original in almost every regard with oak hardwood floors, lathe and plaster walls, high ceilings and wood moldings. The entry foyer is large and has a grand staircase. The formal rooms have wainscot panels and chair rails and original fireplace surrounds. The kitchen and baths are all updated. The second floor has four bedrooms arranged around a large central hall with open railing around the formal stair. The master suite is on the rear of the home and has custom built in cabinetry and a gas fireplace and a luxury bath. The attic is finished as a bonus area or office with plenty of natural light from the three dormer windows and gable end windows.
There is an original freestanding two car brick garage with former servant’s room at the rear of the property.
This tastefully decorated home has been lovingly restored to the original grandeur of a bygone era while incorporating modern conveniences for today’s lifestyle.
Written by: James B. Beasley, Architect, SOLUTIONS . . by design
5800 Steeplechase Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28226
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Other Home Features:
- In the heart of historic Myers Park, close by Queens University, this beautiful home is framed by large oaks on over ½ acre.
- Famed architect Louis Asbury http://ncarchitects.lib.ncsu.edu/people/P000449 designed this home, and the sellers will pass along his architectural plans.
- Natural light, comfortable living, and inviting rooms define this home!
- Ceilings are 10’ on the main floor and 9’6” on the second.
- The current owners expanded/remodeled in 2001, adding a Den with wet bar, the library/billiards room, the Master Bedroom/Bath, and the stunning rear veranda, complete with outdoor fireplace and water feature. They also completely renovated the kitchen and existing baths, plus finished the 3rd floor as a bonus/home office. The architect was Tebee P. Hawkins, the contractor was Bill Mullis Construction, with built-in cabinetry by Good Earth Wood Works (John Busbin).
- The kitchen cabinets and pull-outs are by Good Earth Wood Works. Appliances include Thermador Gas cooktop and double oven.
- The owners were careful to have all improvements stay within the character of the original home.
- There are two staircases to the second level; the foyer grand staircase plus a family staircase between the kitchen/breakfast room.
- There are 5 fireplaces, all gas logs, including one in the Master Bedroom.
- The HVAC is new as of 2010, featuring a dual zone system. The third floor bonus/office has it’s own heat pump.
- The Orkin termite bond is transferable.
- The unfinished basement has outside entry to the rear lawn. There is plenty of room for a future wine cellar, utility room, etc.
- A detached two car garage has small office space adjoining.
- The rear yard offers total privacy. Beautiful landscaped gardens frame the front, sides and rear areas including heirloom rhododendron, boxwood, jasmine, hydrangea and more.
- The front circular pavers drive provides easy accessibility.