The Late Victorian/Neoclassical Revival-style Villa Florenza, also known as the William A. Curtis House in Lincoln Park is one of the most significant African American dwellings in Raleigh. Its original finishes, including the leaded glass ornament in the entrance and transoms of the front parlor window, the bay window, the spacious classical-style wraparound porch, the grand staircase in the center hall, and the completely intact collection of Neoclassical mantels with overmantels, pocket doors, and nicely molded baseboards and surrounds set the Curtis House apart from any other surviving house in Raleigh built by an African American family in the first quarter of the twentieth century.
The two-story, three-bay-wide frame house with pyramidal roof, of late Victorian style, dominates the streetscape due to its size, stylishness, and high brick foundation supporting the house. The central door is flanked by wide glazed and paneled sidelights and a leaded glass transom. The door contains an oval beveled glass insert, with decorative relief ornament at each corner of the wooden panel holding the glass. Above the entrance is a double one-over- one sash window. Centered in the front roof is a hipped dormer window with a six-over-six sash and a slate roof. All of the windows on the first and second stories are one-over-one sash windows with the exception of the first story front window in the wing, which contains a large fixed sash with a leaded glass transom. Original plain weatherboard, corner boards, and flat fascias cover all walls. Tall interior brick chimneys with corbelled caps flank the highest ridge of the pyramidal roof.
On the second floor each face has a one-over-one sash window. Paired diamond-paned windows decorate the front and side roof pediments. On the west side, the rear bay is a full-height pedimented projection of the main block, with a paired sash with diamond-paned windows. The roof, dormer window, and pediments are unified by continuous wide boxed eaves.
The final architectural feature that completes the handsome dwelling is a one-story porch that wraps around the eastside to the door in the bay window. Simple classical columns and a balustrade with square balusters and a molded handrail support and enclose part of the porch.
At the rear is an original one-story hip-roofed kitchen wing with identical weatherboard, windows, and eave treatment as the main block. A small low hip-roofed section, apparently original, on the west side of the kitchen contains a bathroom. An apparently original latticed porch extends to the west side of the bathroom. It is covered by a very old standing seam metal roof.
The house has been unoccupied since 1997 and has some exterior deterioration, particularly in the eaves of the porch and the eaves of the upper rear elevation. Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the property is eligible for historic preservation tax credits.