Save this House! The Hadley-Mayes House
by Melanie Moore Krogman.
Once again, “Save This House” offers an AMAZING find for a restoration opportunity! Here’s your chance to roll up you sleeves and rescue this ca. 1890 Queen Anne on 0.5 acres, on the market for just $55,000.
I am in LOVE with the original elegance humbly waiting inside this house! First, seven fireplaces (Yes, SEVEN!) every one a beauty in its own right. Not to mention the fabulous, walnut staircase standing with all of its integrity intact. Take me to North Carolina! I NEED this staircase in my life so I can walk down in my antebellum gown at least once! (Okay, maybe more than once.)
Here’s what Preservation North Carolina has to say about this house:
Close to Kinston and only 30 miles to Greenville, this beautiful, historic home is ideally located in a small, friendly town, rooted in agriculture and rich in history with many fine homes in the NR district. The large, level yard offers numerous possibilities for gardening, a playhouse and backyard sports, or workshop space. Although the house will require a complete rehabilitation, it exudes style and the craftsmanship is apparent in its inlaid wood floors, carved walnut stairs, stained glass windows and more!
Heavily ornamented outside and inside, the large two-story Hadley-Mayes House has a gable-and-wing form. It reflects the Italianate-style with its narrow, paired windows, double-doors and decorative brackets while also exhibiting textbook Queen Anne features including irregular massing, two-story bay window, wraparound porch with turned posts, stained glass windows and wonderful German siding. From its wide entrance hall with massive stairs and colonnade to its seven fireplaces, it bespeaks elegance. The palatial rooms with high ceilings and large, multiple windows of yesterday will appeal to today’s design sensibilities for light and space in this special home. It could be large family home, home/office combination or possibly a B&B (the zoning does currently allow for a B & B). The rehabilitation of this home was started but must be finished–to include all new systems, updated kitchen and bathrooms.
La Grange is a small eastern North Carolina town with rural surroundings and beautiful historical homes nestled among modern influences. Today, it has a population of about 2,800 and is also known as the “Garden Spot” because of the beautiful vegetation in the area. Modern day La Grange is still a quaint and pretty town. Supported by Highway 70 and the railroad and with a charming personality and historic roots, La Grange is experiencing residential growth and is poised for prosperity. It is less than 15 miles to Kinston and Goldsboro, 36 miles to Greenville and a little over an hour to Raleigh and Morehead City.
In the case of this gem, if you have good bones, your own strength and beauty, fanfare isn’t necessary, people will notice. We’ve noticed! I hope one you old house lovers will scoop this lady up! All 3,976 sq. feet of her for $55,000! I’ll bring the iced tea and rocking chairs for a break on that easy, breezy front porch! Enjoy this home!
Thank you to Maggie Gregg and Preservation North Carolina for all of the information and pictures of this amazing home. If you have inquiries, please contact Maggie Gregg, Regional Director PNC via email at [email protected] or visit Preservation North Carolina.
AUTHOR MELANIE MOORE KROGMAN
Born and raised in Iowa, Melanie’s mother and father both grew up on family farms where the old houses (mostly American Foursquares) were more often than not built by family and handed down to later generations. She remembers trips into town looking out the window of the back seat of the car admiring the Grand Victorian houses on the hills overlooking the river.
Melanie has a degree in Art Education from South Dakota State University. She has taught visual art and art history for 18 years. Besides teaching, she stays busy with her three kids, Kyle, Karlee and Caden along with the family dogs, Gus and Buddy. She can still be seen going through historical districts, but now she’s in the driver’s seat! She is super excited to contribute to CIRCA and hopes to help save some old houses!