Clifton & Alice Champion House – SOLD!
- 1,812 square feet
- Lot Size: 3.5 acres / Zoning: Agricultural
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Western Office
This late 19th century brick beauty can once again be a point of pride in the small community of Mooresboro! Enjoy an idyllic setting nestled among the rolling foothills of western North Carolina, only about an hour from Asheville or Charlotte, as you admire the many original elements that remain in this house. The Clifton and Alice Champion House is also sited near the old roadbed, which has been proposed for a part of the Carolina Thread Trail. With more than 3 acres, the property could also accommodate horses, a popular pastime in nearby Polk County, which is home to the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Mooresboro (elev. 970) is a small town originally settled in the late 1700s, offering a relaxed pace of life in an idyllic setting, nestled among the rolling foothills. It is about an hour west of Charlotte, an hour east of Asheville and only 30 miles from Spartanburg, SC. Essentials can be found in many of the surrounding small towns like Shelby and Rutherfordton, and Boiling Springs, home of Gardner-Webb University, is less than 4 miles down the road. Mooresboro is approximately 3 miles southwest of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore NC and only 21 miles northwest of Limestone College in Gaffney, SC Also nearby are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including Lake Lure (only 40 minutes away) and all of the hiking, water sports (like kayaking and white water rafting), and other activities that can be found among western NC’s beautiful mountains. Mount Mitchell State Park, which contains the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, is less than 2 hours away. The Champion House sits at an elevation of 825 feet.
Architectural & Historical Information
Dr. Clifton Otis Champion was a graduate of Atlanta Medical College and he married Carrie Alice Crowder in 1890. In addition to being a doctor, he was also president of the Mooresboro Bank, vice president of the Mooresboro Cotton Oil Mill, and a founder of the Lattimore Telephone Company. The house was locally known because he was the only doctor in the area.
Believed to have been built around 1885 with handmade brick fired on the property, the Champion House is an outstanding example of an I-house. Situated near the old rail bed that once made Mooresboro an economically prosperous community, fine hotels and stores once sat near the house. It is one of the last surviving structures in Mooresboro from that era.
Laid in a common bond brick pattern, the Champion House features two paired central interior chimneys and nine-over-six windows. Arched lintels top the first floor windows and an arch also crowns the door. The facade displays three bays consisting of a central door flanked by single windows on each side. The two-story portion of the west elevation has one central window on each floor. The one-story ell features two windows with arched lintels. The rear has a central window on the ell and an enclosed shed roof porch. Above the porch is the two-story portion with two windows occupying the central and easy bay. The east elevation has a central door in the rear ell and central windows on each floor of the main block (from Architectural Perspectives of Cleveland County and c/o Bob Lucas). The house requires a complete rehabilitation, including HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, new bathrooms and kitchen, some restoration carpentry and a new roof. The property could become a B & B, making it eligible for the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit for income-producing properties.
There is also the option to purchase the Champion House with only 1 acre of land for $19,900.