This "ugly duckling" could once again become a beautiful swan. A careful removal of some of the artificial siding on the front façade revealed the presence of crosseted window and door surrounds - a popular 19th century decorative woodwork treatment that, once repaired, will restore the elegance of this dignified house. This one-story, late-period Greek Revival cottage located in the picturesque rural crossroads community of Cedar Grove in Orange County. Located just a few miles north of the acclaimed literary community of Hillsborough, the Ellis House is the best of both worlds - surrounded by lovely countryside with farms that source local restaurants, while being close to shopping, dining, area universities, and employment centers.
The house has an inviting porch with intricate decorative woodwork that leads into a wide center hall, four rooms in the main section of the house, a kitchen wing, rear enclosed porch with old well, and a side addition wing with two rooms and a bath.
Interesting woodwork throughout includes crossetted exterior door moldings, three-part door molding with corner block, a split panel front door with decorative hardware, faux-grained two-panel doors throughout, large six-over-six windows, and four interesting vernacular mantels.
The house is situated on a large lot with mature trees and flowering shrubs. Outbuildings include an octagonal lattice shed, a board-and-batten shed, metal shed, and sizable metal garage/workshop with two-over-two windows and track-hung, sliding carriage doors.
The Allen A. Ellis House will need a new roof on the main section, HVAC systems, new electrical system, the removal of the artificial siding, and cosmetic updates. It is located in the Cedar Grove National Register Historic District and is eligible for preservation tax credits.
Regional Director, Preservation NC Piedmont Regional Office
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