- 1,947 square feet
- Lot Size: .33 acres / Zoning: Residential/Commercial
Debbie Carpenter Scarborough
Keller Williams Realty
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Western Office
Perfectly situated near Gastonia and Charlotte, this unique property on the Town Square is ideal for an adaptive re-use office space, coffee shop, retail space, or residence that provides the elusive combination of urban feel with small town charm! Part of the Dallas Historic District–it’s also eligible for historic tax credits!
Architectural and Historical Information
Built ca. 1847 on the historic Dallas Town Square, the Smyre-Pasour House is one of the few remaining antebellum Greek Revival-style houses in Gaston County. The 1973 National Register nomination describes the Dallas Historic District and Court Square as “a quiet grouping of well-preserved commercial and residential structures around the shaded courthouse square…an idyllic small-town atmosphere recalling the slower pace of the late nineteenth century.”
Set flush with the street with ample public parking, the Smyre-Pasour House is perfect for adaptive re-use to contribute to the quaint but vibrant downtown square, which currently supports restaurants, bakeries, museums, florists, art, event venues, a public library, and more. The front door of the house faces the former Gaston County Courthouse, which sits on several acres of beautifully manicured grounds, and is the host of many events including regular outdoor performances, art shows, and festivals.
The oldest section of the one-story vernacular Greek-Revival house is a center hall plan, with brick chimney at either end. A slightly later addition was added to the north side and once served as a schoolroom. The addition stretches the façade to an eight-bay width and gives the impression of row-housing, a unique characteristic in a small southern town.
The Smyre-Pasour House has nearly 2,000 square feet of voluminous space begging to be used. Stepping through one of the two front doors off the street, the soaring 12-foot ceilings will take you by surprise. Filled with natural light from the original 9-over-9 windows, the rooms are warm, inviting, and spacious. The front three rooms are adorned with fireplaces and distinctive mantles, most notably a unique and expressive vernacular mantle in the center room. The interior of the house is almost entirely finished in wood, with original horizontal and vertical plank walls, wooden picture rails, paneled & pegged and plank doors, and gorgeous plank ceilings. There are currently two full bathrooms located in the house, each with an original short cast iron clawfoot tub.
The rear ell of the house is anchored by a prodigious fireplace with firebox and hearth. Leading out to the back porch, which recently had extensive stabilization work completed, you’ll notice an original well house located in the backyard with ample open space to use as needed.
The house and well house are contributing structures in the Dallas National Register Historic District and are eligible for state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
Dallas is experiencing a boom and the property is located in the heart of it all, on the quaint Town Square within walking distance to everything. The former Courthouse is right across the street and has been transformed into a first-class museum and gathering space. Also on the square is The Hoffman House Hotel Museum, a museum of history and art, and the Old Dallas Jail, recently rehabilitated into a gorgeous event venue. Construction was recently announced of a new Gaston County Regional Aquatic Center, which will be built a half mile from the Smyre-Pasour House. The center will house an Olympic-sized 50-meter indoor pool for competitive swimming and a 25-meter warm water programming pool with zero-degree entry that will be used for a variety of aquatic purposes. The Gaston Regional Aquatic Center is just one more development sure to have economic and tourism impact on Dallas and Gaston County. Dallas is well-situated with an easy drive to Gastonia, just minutes away from Highway 321, and less than 30 minutes from Charlotte.
Click here to view the pdf brochure for the Smyre-Pasour House
Click here to view the floor plan for the Smyre-Pasour House
Click here to view a tour video of the Smyre-Pasour House on Cheap Old Houses Instagram account
Click below to view the gallery for concept layouts of potential uses for the Smyre-Pasour House. (Please note: These drawings are conceptual only and do not take into account any building code requirements.)