John L. Fonville House
- 1,278 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.47 acres / Zoning: Residential
NorthGroup Real Estate
Located in the heart of Burlington’s Historic District, this piece of history is ready for creative vision and revival!
The 1937 City Directory lists the occupant of this late 19th century traditional-form house as John L. Fonville, Superintendent of King Cotton Mills. The house originally faced Front Street and was moved to its present location. It is a two-story single-pile framed structure with a side gable roof and one- and two-story rear ells. A single-bay porch with gable roof shelters the side-lighted entrance at the center of the three-bay façade; above the entrance is a Palladian-style window, an unusual feature on this relatively simple structure, probably added in the 20th century during the popularity of classically-inspired styles. (Pp. 143; An Architectural History of Burlington, North Carolina)
Built over one hundred years ago, it faced Front Street, but was moved to its current location. It has good bones with high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. The original windows are mostly intact with antique wavy glass. There are several non-working coal fireplaces adorned by mantels and many historical features remain, including trim and fixtures.
Although some of the work has been started, needed repairs include roof, walls, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC, as well as updates to the kitchen and baths. This is the perfect project for a do-it-yourself preservation-minded buyer or investor. Finished square footage is listed as 1,278 due to areas that are currently unfinished and/or unheated, however, once rehab is complete, the finished total should be around 2,200 square feet. The house is a contributing property in the historic district and is eligible for historic preservation tax credits to assist with restoration and repairs.
The nearly ½ acre lot provides a mix of sun and shade amidst the open, grassy areas and majestic trees.