William Hollister House
- 3,690 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.5 acres / Zoning: Residential
Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines
252-633-3069 or 252-349-6198, JanetLamb@c21zr.com
This stately side-hall plan home was built between 1840-41 by William Hollister, one of New Bern’s most successful merchants in the early nineteenth century. Individually listed on the National Register, the Federal-style home retains most of its historic details including seven impressive mantels, arched doorways, detailed moldings, and many beautifully carved window and door surrounds. Since the property is on the National Register, it is eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.
New Bern was founded in 1710 and is the second oldest town in NC. Two beautiful rivers meet in New Bern (the Neuse and the Trent), where you’ll find Tryon Palace, spectacular gardens, historic homes, quaint shops, cozy restaurants and lively entertainment, frame downtown streets. Farther south, you can enjoy MCAS Cherry Point and the 157,000 acre Croatan National Forest, nationally recognized for its trails and recreation opportunities. New Bern has big-city amenities with small-town charm, and is about 2 hours from both Wilmington and Raleigh.
Architectural & Historical Information
The first floor includes a double parlor connected by pocket doors, and then a dining room and kitchen in the wing. The second floor has two large bedrooms joined by double doors. There are two bathrooms on the second floor which will need to be redesigned. The third floor has another bedroom and a room which was used by Hollister’s daughter as an artist space. There are 11′ ceilings on the first floor and 12′ ceilings on the second floor. The home also has a dry basement. The property is located on a nice corner lot with off-street parking and several well established trees.
Although the side-hall plan of the house was a typical New Bern home, there are modern elements (for that time) that were likely introduced with Hollister’s business dealings in New York and Boston. As noted in Catherine Bishir’s book Crafting Lives, craftsman working on the house included “carpenters” and “negroes” and free artisans Hardy B. Lane Sr. as lead contractor, white carpenter Robert Hancock, black carpenter William H. Hancock, and black painter Ben Wade.
The Hollister House requires a complete rehabilitation including all new systems. The house has been rewired and ductwork installed for the HVAC on the first and second floors. Some rehab ideas include adapting the existing dining room into a contemporary kitchen, creating a mud/laundry room and small powder room in the existing kitchen, and using the south parlor as the dining room. On the second floor, rehab ideas include removing the bath on the landing of the second floor and updating the remaining existing bathroom. On the third floor, rehab ideas include adding a bathroom in the room above the existing second floor bathroom. Additionally, buyers may wish to construct a free standing garage behind the house where an earlier garage once existed.
The historic Hollister House will be sold subject to protective covenants held by Preservation North Carolina.