Henry Clay Carter House
- 1,852 square feet
- Lot Size: .12 acres / Zoning: B-1 Mixed Use
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Eastern Office
Featured in This Old House magazine
Located just blocks from the Pamlico River in Historic Washington, NC, the Henry Clay Carter House provides a unique opportunity for adaptive reuse!
Historically used as a residence, the house is located in front of the library and surrounded by public parking that make this a unique opportunity for a business location. This Tudor-style brick veneer house has large rooms downstairs that bring in plenty of natural light. Wide openings throughout the downstairs emphasize the charm and character of the house and help to make the space feel larger. The living room fireplace mantel has unique carving in the central panel of the frieze.
Architectural and Historical Information
The Henry Clay Carter House, a brick veneer Tudor-style cottage, was built for Henry Clay Carter III and wife Marjorie in 1930. Carter was born in New York City in 1897, the son of Henry Walton and Lulu Alice Rawls Carter. His father was a physician and by 1910, the family had moved back to Washington, NC where Henry Walton Carter continued his medical practice. Henry Clay Carter III married Marjorie Hoyt, daughter of John K. Hoyt–owner of J. K Hoyt Department Store, the town’s leading clothier. The Carter House features many of its original details, including hardwood floors throughout, six-over-one windows, original doors, and an arched alcove under the stairs. An entry nook opens into the center hall and stairwell with curved balustrade. French double-doors lead to the living room, while a single-panel door leading into the kitchen. The side porch with arched openings was enclosed sometime in the mid-20th century.
The Henry Clay Carter House requires a complete rehabilitation, including all new systems—HVAC, plumbing and electrical, roof replacement, carpentry and plaster repairs, cosmetic updates, and updated kitchen and baths, as desired.
Washington, NC is located on the Pamlico River in Eastern North Carolina and offers a relaxing quality of life and a little something for everyone! The beautiful, waterfront board walk is a charming place to stroll, sit and take in the sunrise and sunset, walk the dog, and even feed turtles! The vibrant historic downtown commercial district offers plenty of shopping from antiques, to boutiques and more! Dining choices range from causal fare to fine dining, and freshly-caught seafood!
For those wanting to get out on the water, Washington offers several marina’s and boat slips along the waterfront. You can also rent a kayak or SUP board for the day, or give a moonlight paddle or SUP yoga a try! For the nature enthusiast, take a visit to the Estuarium or out to Goose Creek State Park which boast eight miles of trails, a swimming beach, boat launch access and more. Arts of the Pamlico, housed in the Historic Turnage Theater, offers a wide range of activities for the whole family, including a variety of art exhibits, screen and stage shows, workshops and special events for adults and kids. Coming in spring 2019, the Harbor District Market will be a co-op space providing a year-round location for a farmers market, artisanal crafts and retail, and an ideal location for small businesses to start out and grow. Also scheduled to open in 2019 are a brewery and distillery. This small town has so much to offer!