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Sunday, October 11, 2015

1913 Craftsman - Newton, NC

5 Beds; 2 Baths; 3640 Sq.Ft.
428 N. Main Ave. Newton, NC 28658
.83 Acres
Built: 1913
Status: Off Market

Realtor Blurb:
PROTECTED BY NC PRESERVATION SOCIETY Truly a remarkable and beautiful home was designed by C.C. Hook. An impressive example of early Craftsman Design boasting concepts such as fireplace inglenook, interior woodwork, wrap around staircase, stunning windows, high ceilings, hardwood floors, original light fixtures and hardware. .Work that has been done: replaced damaged fascia boards and rafter trails, reinforced roof, updated the bathroom on the 2nd floor, new electrical wiring. Work in progress.

Preservation NC Blurb:

The Worth -Knox House was built in 1912-1913. It was designed by C.C.Hook one of North Carolina’s most famous architects who also designed The Van Landingham estate and the Belk Mansion in Charlotte as well as many public building and train stations throughout the state. He was the architect for the Dilworth neighborhood in Charlotte and the Brem House in Charlotte.

The house is a remarkable example of early Craftsman Design boasting many iconic craftsman features such as a fireplace inglenook, interior woodwork, beautiful columns in the living room, stairs that wrap around the central fireplace, stunning windows, original light fixtures and hardware, and both original claw foot tubs. The unique concrete feldspar bricks were made on site in 1912. The downstairs floors are original oak and the upstairs floors are fur. The oral history of the house says that the wood was cut on site. The sleeping porch upstairs can serve as a 6th bedroom and has a lovely view of the distant NC mountains. The lot is very large at right under an acre, plenty of room to add a garage and pool.

The home is not fully restored but has been rewired, the chimneys have been rebuilt, electrical to pole has been put under ground, new roof, replaced damaged fascia boards and rafter tails, reinforced roof with troughing, plaster repair, remodeled upstairs bath, landscaping, new sheet rock ceilings in hall way, butler’s pantry, bathrooms, master upstairs and closet, new water heater, and a lot more. The kitchen and downstairs bath still need to be remodeled but you can make them your own. Both are in working order but both require remodeling. The gas heating system is only about 10 years old but could be expanded. Most of the remaining work is cosmetic. The house is sold with historic easement through the North Carolina Preservation Society in accordance with its historic value to the state of North Carolina. It is one of the earliest examples of the craftsman style in the state, we have copies of the original blueprints for the house and gardens. The house has six working fireplaces and flues for two wood stoves, two master suits and a nursery, there is also, an, a garden covered shed, apiary (could remain if interested), coop and raised bed garden area.

We have lived happily in the house for almost 9 years but it is still a work in progress. We are the second owners, we purchased it from the original family.The Worth Knox House is a piece of North Carolina and architectural history, it is also a wonderful light filled home with an enormous amount of detail and personality. For information call 828-304-1192 or 828-514-1436. Ask for Margaret or Jon. More photos and information are available here: and here: The Worth-Knox House is only 35 minutes from downtown Charlotte.

The historic Worth-Knox House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

My Notes: I am in love with this house; officially referred to as the Worth- Knox House. It's been on and off the market since '07. Just a wonderful gem that isn't fully restored; so hasn't been re-muddled at all. The craftsman detailing is everywhere - I'm a huge fan of the fireplace seating; the windows; door surrounds;and that gate in the backyard looks to be original. Lots of big trees. Some elbow grease and this would be one for the ages. Y'all better grab it before I do! Street View here.

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