- 6,058 square feet
- Lot Size: 6.37 acres / Zoning: Residential
Gilleland Realty, Inc
A rare opportunity to own a true piece of history! Built in 1817 by Daniel Munroe Forney and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 as having statewide significance, Ingleside is one of the finest Federal-style houses in North Carolina.
Architectural and Historical Information
Ingleside was built for Daniel L. (1784-1847) and Harriet Brevard Forney, both of Huguenot descent, following their marriage in 1817. The tall imposing two story brick house, beautifully laid in Flemish bond is, as noted by Catherine Bishir in North Carolina Architecture, “the grandest expression of the county’s 19th century planters and ironmasters.”
Daniel Forney’s grandfather, Jacob, was a French Huguenot who came to Lincoln County about 1754. Gen. Peter Forney, Daniel’s father, upon whose land the mansion was built, made his fortune in the county’s early iron industry. Both father and son served as United States Representatives, Peter from 1813 to 1815, and Daniel from 1815 to 1818. Daniel was a planter who held a variety of local political offices before moving to Alabama in 1834. He sold 867 acres, including Ingleside, to James Anderson, who sold the mansion and a smaller parcel of land to Willis E. Hall in 1871.
Renamed “Ingleside” by Hall, the estate remained in his family until 1947. In 1951 the mansion, now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and its acreage were purchased by local businessman and entrepreneur David Clark. Clark’s daughter Carolyn donated the house and six acres to PNC for its future preservation.
Family legend says that the elegant brick house was designed (at least in part) by Benjamin Latrobe, architect of the United States Capitol. The capitol was under construction while Forney was a Congressman. The staircase was modeled after Owen Biddle’s Young Carpenter’s Assistant pattern book, and the main parlor resembles the east room of the White House.
Five bays wide and three deep, its Flemish bond elevations are raised on a high foundation and its two chimneys are hidden behind its gable-end walls. Its front elevation is dominated by a handsome pedimented portico supported by four stuccoed Ionic brick columns over thirty feet in length. Modillions and dentils decorate the cornice and gable-end pediments, as well as the front portico. Its six-over-six windows are topped by flat arches, and its double-leaf front door is topped by a similar flat arch and a rectangular transom filled with delicate tracery.
Upon entering the center hallway, one is faced with perhaps the home’s most striking interior feature, the wide, delicate staircase which gracefully climbs the curve of the rear wall. Its thin baluster and rounded handrail terminate in a delicate scrolled newel. Its fine tulip patterned stair ends, as well as the sweeping design and form, were apparently copied from plate 31 of Owen Biddle’s popular 1805 pattern book, The Young Carpenter’s Assistant. Two equal-sized rooms open to the right of the hall, and a larger room with a smaller room at its rear, opens to the left. The large drawing room is lavishly ornamented. Fluted colonnettes, rope molding and elliptical sunbursts decorate its Federal style mantel, and full entablatures and fluted pilasters frame its windows. An elaborate cornice formed of five layers of moldings and a central medallion of acanthus leaves are stucco ornamentations of a scale found nowhere else in the county. Though less heavily adorned, the other rooms are fully ornamented with Federal style motifs. Their finely formed mantels are of particular note. A beautifully appointed modern kitchen occupies the basement level. (Architectural and Historical information excerpted from Lincoln County inventory)
A log house associated with property and believed to be one of the oldest extant structures in the county is situated on the premises and will require a complete rehabilitation. The property will lend itself well to an intown house, event venue, bed and breakfast, or elegant office space.
More on the Ingleside and the Iron Industry in Lincoln County from the North Carolina Archives:
- National Register Nomination: https://files.nc.gov/ncdcr/nr/LN0003.pdf
- NC Geological Survey from 1893: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3794786&view=1up&seq=10
- The North Carolina Historical Review (1932): https://archive.org/details/northcarolinahis1932nort/page/330/mode/2up
- Check out this article about Ingleside in the Charlotte Observer from 1933!
Historic Tax credits are available. Ingleside is under protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina. Owners have signed a letter of intent that prohibits conveyance or sale of this property before August 3, 2021, but are open to legal agreements that convey occupancy prior to that date. Contact listing agent for full details.
Ingleside in located in a small developing community near shopping, restaurants and easy access to I-77. It is also just minutes from renowned Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in NC, and just 20 minutes from uptown Charlotte. Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city with all the amenities you can expect from a big city, wrapped in southern charm. The “Queen’s city” has a thriving cultural, arts and historic ecosystem as well as a strong business environment. Click here for more on Charlotte.
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