R. Craig Cornwall House – SOLD!
- 3,120 square feet
- Lot Size: .258 acres / Zoning: Residential
Keller Williams Realty
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Eastern Office
Located on a corner lot, the R. Craig Cornwall house retains its original two car garage, workshop, wrought iron fence, a fishpond and fountain!
Built in 1919, the house is a superb Neo-Classical Revival located in historic Weldon, NC. The R. Craig Cornwall house makes a grand impression with monumental pedimented portico with paired Corinthian capitals and an unusually tall entablature. The interior features a grand sweeping staircase, large rooms, 4 fireplaces, beautiful hardwood floors, Butler’s Pantry and a bright sunroom off the dining room. The house was lived in until 2018, but will require some work to be completed by December 2019 to comply with the building inspector standards. Updates may be necessary to the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems.
Architectural and Historical Information
The Neoclassical R. Craig Cornwall house’s front façade features a monumental pedimented portico with paired Corinthian capitals and pediment with an unusually tall entablature. The cornerboards of the house are exceptional unfluted Doric Pilasters. The house retains its eight-over-eight windows and wood siding. The front door is framed by two sidelights and a three part leaded glass transom. The house also has a sun porch on its southwest elevation and small ell on its rear. Inside, the R. Craig Cornwall house has hardwood floors throughout. The center hall contains the curved staircase chair rail, and dentil crown molding. The living room mantel is a three part mantel with sunburst medallion in the central panel and two corner and the tile has been changed. The dining room is entered through multi-light French doors, and the sunporch is accessed from here. The dining room mantel has a simple shelf with dentil moulding, and curved legs and butler’s pantry with cabinetry on both sides. The cabinet below the window contains four drawers and two glass doors, while the cabinet on the interior wall is full height and has two glass doors and drawers. All retain their original hardware. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and one full bath. Two of the bedrooms have a small attached room with a sink that could be converted into bathrooms. In one bedroom the fireplace retains original green majolica tile with an Urn and Garland ornamentation in the frieze. The other bedroom has a simpler mantel with maroon majolica tile, an unornamented frieze and fluted Ionic legs.
Robert Craig F. Cornwall was a native of Henrico County, Virginia who came to Weldon in 1910s as superintendent of the Weldon water system. He purchased this lot in 1919 and constructed the house. He lived here with his wife, Kathleen (Herbert) Cornwall and mother, Martha Cornwall until his death in 1948.
The best of both worlds, the small town of Weldon is located just two miles from I-95 and Roanoke Rapids, which offers all of the amenities of a larger town including shopping, restaurants, and even Starbucks! Historic Weldon is known as the “Rockfish Capital” because of its fine striped bass fishing in the spring on the Roanoke River. This charming town boasts antebellum homes that have been preserved in their original splendor; featuring late Georgian, Federal, Queen Anne, Victorian and Greek Revival style architecture on tree lined streets.