Harrington Law Office
- 1,584 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.40 acres / Zoning: Mixed Use/Commercial-Residential
, Regional Director
Preservation NC Piedmont Office
The Harrington Law Office is a remarkably intact Colonial Williamsburg-inspired law office built during the patriotic fervor of the mid-1970s. It is located in picturesque Wentworth, a bucolic village that has served as the county seat for Rockingham County since 1785. The three-story structure is in good condition and would make an excellent location for those looking for a unique live/work experience. Wentworth is just 40 minutes from Greensboro and less than an hour from Winston-Salem.
Wentworth is a rural, residential community located in the heart of Rockingham County. The town has a growing number of small businesses, and its primary “industries” are government services and education. The Land Use Plan paves the way for continued preservation and protection of the rural character while encouraging compact, pedestrian-friendly development that supports the look and feel of a small town (from the Town of Wentworth website). It is home to the historic Wright Tavern, and the Dan River, which offers tubing, kayaking and fishing, is also nearby. It is 40 minutes from Greensboro and less than an hour from Winston-Salem and Hanging Rock State Park.
Architectural & Historical Information
The Harrington Law Office is a remarkably intact Colonial Williamsburg-inspired law office built during the patriotic fervor of the mid-1970s. Built by Thomas and Jean Harrington as a second location for Mr. Harrington’s law firm (and casual meeting space), the office was designed by architect Cecil Hodge of Matthews, NC and constructed by builder Eugene Axsom. Mr. Hodge recounted how he consulted with a Williamsburg architect “who very kindly made suggestions to make it more authentic.”
The charm of the building is in how Mr. Hodge’s academic details of the Colonial period are interwoven with many 1970s comforts and stylistic details. Period details such as the gambrel roof covered in simulated slate, dentil cornice molding, 12-over-12 doublehung windows with paneled shutters, a transom over the 6-panel front door with brass door hardware and accessories, and interior woodwork are combined with wall to wall carpeting, drywall, indoor plumbing (1.5 baths), and an interior kitchen.
The floor plan offers an ideal live/work situation, as there are three floors consisting of one room each (bathrooms and storage excepted). The main floor off Courthouse Square served as the primary public entry providing space for client seating area, a Secretary and attorney office space. The second floor provides a bedroom (or additional office space) and a full bathroom. The lower level (full basement) was decorated as a Colonial tavern with brick walls, large fireplace, small seating area, half bathroom, a pub table and a kitchen, which is cleverly hidden behind louvered doors. The kitchen has custom wood cabinets, appliances, and a table surface that hangs from a chain on either end that can be hidden from view by raising it up into the ceiling. Printed on the side in Olde English font is “Pursuit of Happiness.” The kitchen opens out to a nice ground level patio and attractive back yard with an architecturally matching outbuilding.
The building is situated on a deep lot accessed by brick steps leading from the front patio to the lower rear patio. Established trees and plantings including fruit trees and grape arbor contribute to the attractive setting. The building is in good condition, but would benefit from some maintenance and restoration including removal of vinyl siding.