Y-Stair Apartment Building – SOLD!
- 3,820 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.25 acres / Zoning: RM-18
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Western Office
Be a part of the rejuvenation of one of Winston-Salem’s unique in-town National Register Historic districts!
Built ca. 1930, this interesting complex is one of the remaining “Y-plan stair” apartments for which Winston Salem has one of the largest known assembled collections. The “Y –plan stair“ apartment form is a unique African-American building type found in Winston-Salem. This particular building is believed to be the only expanded/modified eight bay version of its kind to exist in the city.
The North Cherry Street area was established in the 1920’s as a haven for Winston-Salem’s middle class black population and was home to a thriving community of teachers, entrepreneurs and business owners. . The “Y-plan stair” property type was developed in the 1930’s as an alternative rental option to the wooden frame shotgun houses of an earlier era. During the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s this particular apartment’s renters included many working class and domestics including butlers, maids, cooks and chauffeurs who served nearby estates.
This two story brick complex features:
- Six apartments, each about 636 square feet
- Six bays with a side gable on stepped parapet with “Y”-plan staircase
- Double level porch with double height brick piers
- Some original six over six double hung windows and some newer one over one replacement windows
- Shed roof over central entry
- Standing seam metal roof and exposed rafter tails and arches over stair entrances
A fire earlier this year has left the complex awaiting renewal, so extensive rehabilitation will be required.. As a contributing structure in the North Cherry Street National Register Historic District, it is eligible for the 20% Federal Rehabilitation tax credits for income producing properties.
Almost all of the other “Y –plan stair” apartment buildings on North Cherry Street have been rehabbed. Thanks to a coordinated and sustained effort by the City, Habitat for Humanity and private developers, the neighborhood itself has seen an infusion of rehabbed and new infill homes, new people and new ways to think about revitalizing neighborhoods. These efforts have been recognized both locally and nationally as a model for community revitalization
The apartment is only three miles from downtown Winston Salem, the skyline of which is readily visible from the porches of the apartments. It is strategically situated at the intersection of 14th and Cherry streets, and across the street is a recreational complex featuring tennis courts. Kimberly Park Elementary School is within easy walking distance . Wake Forest University, the Coliseum, Farmers Market and the Fairgrounds are all within close proximity. The neighborhood boasts great pedestrian walkways as well as public transportation.