Hooper-Kyser House

  • 504 E. Franklin Street
    USA Chapel Hill , NC 27514
    Orange County
  • $1,975,000
  • 3,874 square feet
  • Lot Size: 0.917 acres / Zoning: Residential

Harry Branch , REALTOR®/Broker
919-418-6482, HB1@mindspring.com

Characterized by an incomparable setting in the Franklin-Rosemary Historic District, rare early architecture and a romantic history, the 1814 Hooper-Kyser House is one of the oldest in Chapel Hill!

The Federal style farm house was constructed for William Hooper, UNC’s first professor of Ancient Languages and grandson of a North Carolina signer of the Declaration of Independence. In 1951, it was purchased by a UNC 1928 graduate and band leader, radio personality, recording artist, and movie/television star, James Kern “Kay” Kyser.

The residence is approximately 3,874 square feet and features a spacious Provincial French kitchen and a gracious sun room/family room on the rear elevation overlooking the almost 1± acre setting. The house has Federal massing of two stories with a side-gable roof, a single chimney at each end, and tall windows with some original nine-over-nine sashes. The entrance bay features a door with a four-pane transom and flush siding.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hooper-Kyser House is suitable for renovation and may be eligible for the State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program.

The Hooper-Kyser House is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Please contact Dawn Williams at dwilliams@presnc.org or 919-832-3652 x221 to request a copy of these covenants.

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