The Barracks – SOLD!
- 8,063 square feet
- Lot Size: 1.25 acres / Zoning: Residential
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Eastern Office
The Barracks is an impressive and architecturally significant property, located on a large lot in the charming and historic small town of Tarboro. The house was built by architect William S. Percival, for William Battle, a prominent NC citizen, and owner of Rocky Mount Mills. The house retains a high level of integrity, and includes such features as the original stained glass in the rotunda, four original and ornate chandeliers that have been electrified, elaborate parquet flooring, plaster mouldings, fluted Corinithian columns in two of the parlors, a large gilded mirror, and original mantels; 3 marble and 4 wooden. The property suffered a fire in early 2016, and the damage can be seen in the photographs. Many, many original features remain in this outstanding property.
Tarboro has it all! Charming small town feel, inviting Colonial Town Common (one of only two in the country!) great neighbors, lots of hidden gems, and a designated 45 block historic district that spans the architectural styles from the late 18th century through the mid 20th century.
Walk down Main Street and be greeted by neighbors and friends, pop into the local coffee shop, where they will quickly know your name, and favorite drink! Curl up in a chair and read a book while sipping your coffee, or take it to go and browse the many shops on Main! Lunch at the local café, and dine at On the Square, named one of the top 100 restaurants in the country by OpenTable in 2011! Browse through the exhibits at the Historic Blount Bridgers Museum, or immerse yourself in the spectacular gardens and architecture of Calvary churchyard, where species of flora and fauna were brought in from around the world in the late 1800’s and have been meticulously maintained and labeled. Calvary was also designed by architect William Percival, and it’s churchyard includes the graves of one of the youngest confederate generals, and a state governor, and is truly a magical place to wander. Then, cap of your afternoon or evening enjoying local craft beer at Tarboro Brewing Company, where you’ll often find live entertainment, food trucks, and a friendly game of corn hole or ping pong waiting!
Tarboro is perfectly situated in Eastern North Carolina only an hour’s drive to Raleigh and RDU airport, 30 minutes to Greenville with great shopping, East Carolina University, and a Level 1 trauma hospital, Heart Center, and VA clinic. For those day trips and weekend getaways, Tarboro is less than a two hour to the beautiful Outer Banks beaches and just 4 hours from the mountains! That is, if you can bring yourself to leave!
Tarboro truly embodies that vibrant Southern small town you’ve been dreaming of with a warm welcome waiting just for you!
Architectural & Historical Information
The Barracks is one of the most architecturally significant examples of antebellum Italianate Architecture combined with some Greek Revival detailing, and sits on 1.25 acres in town. It is built of salmon colored brick and its front elevation is distinguished by a large central bay capped with a pedimented portico and anchored by full height fluted Corinthian columns on each side. The front view includes a cupola which houses an original stained glass window in a floral pattern.
A heavy entablature is carried over from the portico into the frieze which features ornate paired brackets with circular vents covered by decorative iron grates. The front entry is marked by an elliptical arch of unmolded brick frames and original double entry doors. Within the arch the space is divided into three bays by engaged columns. A stained glass fanlight caps the front doors, and semicircular stained glass sidelights flank each side. Flanking the central bay are single bay loggias with coupled Corinthian columns that match those of the portico, which are accessed through the foyer by doors on each end.
The foyer retains its original marble flooring. Upon entering, the rotunda extends through the cupola, and features four statue niches on both the first and second story. A study to the right of the rotunda features floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. To the left, the front parlor retains its carved marble mantel with gilded mirror. Through pocket doors, the parlor leads to a larger parlor and ballroom. Both parlors retain ornate pewter gas chandeliers original to the house which have been converted to electric.
The second story includes four large bedrooms with fireplaces, two of which have attached baths. A third bath is located in the hallway to serve the other two bedrooms on this level.
Other features of note in the house include louvered interior shutters, heavy moulded plaster cornices, coved ceilings, original marble and wood mantels, bay windows, and parquet floors.
In February 2016, The Barracks suffered a fire which damaged the back one story addition to the house, which was constructed shortly after the original structure by the Battle family. The fire destroyed the kitchen, damaged the roof and roof structure, and caused damage to the wall coverings and floor systems. The main portion of the structure suffered smoke damage, and water intrusion, but was not severely damaged. The Barracks is individually listed on the National Register (see the nomination here) and is therefore eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits. Additionally, the zoning would allow for The Barracks to become a B & B, thus making it eligible for the income-producing tax credits: a 20% federal credit as well as North Carolina’s a tier-based credit for income-producing projects, with 10-15% of QREs. The Barracks is also elgible for “bonus credits” in the amount of 5% for projects in a Tier 1 or 2 county, since Edgecombe County is a Tier 1 county.
The asking price for The Barracks represents the property in its current condition. As Preservation North Carolina undertakes stabilization endeavors at the property, the price will be adjusted to reflect such work.
And here are some stunning photos of the property before the fire taken by Watson Brown; it can certainly look like this again! You can see the full photo set by clicking here.