One of the rare survivors from the years prior to 1831 when a fire swept through the city in May of that year, the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House exemplifies the quality craftsmanship and refined stylistic details of Fayetteville's early architecture. The house and adjacent kitchen dependency were acquired by the Fayetteville Woman's Club in 1966 which subsequently developed Heritage Square, a collection of early Fayetteville architecture that includes the notable Oval Ballroom and the McLeran-Sandford House to the immediate north.
The Federal-style Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House is thought to have been built around 1804 by merchant Duncan McLeran during a time when the City was flourishing as a hub of commercial and governmental activity. It is noted as an excellent example of "Upper Cape Fear River architecture" with its vernacular display of period details and for its unusual orientation around a massive central chimney more typical of New England houses. A single bay wide front portico leads to an impressive entrance consisting of tall split paneled doors with engaged pilasters above which is a delicate fanlight with a sunburst at the base. A full width engaged porch extends across the rear façade.
Centered around the massive central chimney the house opens into a modest-scaled entrance foyer with two large formal parlors on either side. Two smaller chambers are situated on either side of the rear hall beyond the chimney which is dominated by the dramatic semi-enclosed barrel staircase. Intricate Adamesque details are found throughout the first floor and include hand-carved cornices with dentil molding and cable molding, paneled wainscotting topped by molded chair rail with patterned gougework, and exubrant mantels featuring a three-part frieze with starbursts and Ionic engaged colonnettes.
The second floor of the house has two large rooms punctuated by dormer windows. Finishes include flush sheatherd wainscot below plaster walls. The simple fireplace mantels are accented by reeded detailing.
Also included is a small two-room kitchen dependency with porch that was converted to restrooms.
The house will require a complete rehabilitation including installation of heating/air conditioning, plumbing, bathrooms and a kitchen (if converted to a residence). There appears to be termite damage as well. The property is individually listed in the National Register and is eligible for historic tax credits.
The Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House is located in a convenient area that makes it suitable for either residential or office use.