W. Carter Winkler House – New Price!
- 3,062 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.24 acres / Zoning: B-1
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Western Office
This fine, 2-story Queen Anne house retains many original interior features, has a solid assessment of the house, plus a view of the Brushy Mountains! The Winkler House is poised to be an integral part of the revitalization of downtown Wilkesboro. While the house has seen many modifications over the years, the essential integrity and character of its interior features remain, including a fabulous front door, fine staircase and several detailed fireplace mantels.
The charming mountain town of Wilkesboro is known worldwide for MerleFest, a diverse roots-music festival dedicated to the memory of Merle Watson, son of the late legendary folk guitarist/singer Doc Watson. Both the town and Wilkes County are home to award-wining vineyards and distilleries, plus over 45 miles of mountain biking trails! Historic Downtown Wilkesboro is at the heart of it all with its Downtown Revitalization Project transforming the streetscape and public gathering spaces, and the Winkler House has a bird’s eye view. Phase I gives visitors a new Open Air Market space with a concert stage and lawn, plus a kid-friendly splash pad in the Wilkes Heritage Museum courtyard. The revitalization project includes three future phases that will address Main Street and adjacent side streets, including South Bridge Street to Cub Creek Park. Additional area attractions include the Wilkesboro Open Air Market, Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival, and the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival. Wilkesboro is about an hour west of Winston-Salem, about an hour from Lake Norman, and 30 miles to Boone. Nearby outdoor activities abound, including hiking along the Blue Ridge and in Stone Mountain State Park, kayaking, fishing, and disc golf. Discover more about Wilkesboro at www.wilkescountytourism.com.
Archictectural & Historical Information
The original house was built in 1892 and has been altered several times over the course of its history, but much of the character-defining architecture remains today. The house was built in a restrained Queen Anne style featuring steep gabled roofs, drop-lap (German) siding, large bay windows, elaborately detailed front and side doors, and a wide L-shaped front porch. The front portion of the house was built on dry stacked-stone piers, and the middle and rear sections were built on brick foundation walls which enclose the basement level.
It is thought to be the first house in Wilkes County to feature indoor plumbing, and the original brick spring-fed cistern with plaster lining can still be seen in the basement today. The location of the original well is currently marked by a square concrete pad, but it once would have been covered by an independent well-house structure. Today the well is enclosed under later house additions, but it originally stood behind the house where the brick cistern was covered by a rear porch, protecting the clean drinking water from the intrusion of rainwater.
One of the most unique features of the original house is the presence of a basement kitchen. The original brick foundation walls were plastered, indicating that the space was used for food preparation and storage. The original basement fireplace (also plastered) would have been used for cooking, and it remains today below the center hall of the house. The chimney was removed during early renovations, but it once ran along the wall which separates the northern rooms from the stairs, and out through the prominent front gable. Today, patches in the original wood floors indicate the location of the chimney penetrations.
The house was built in 1892 by William Carter Winkler (1858 – 1939) and his wife Mary Louisa Bower (1866 – 1928), and is situated on a hill one block from the Wilkes County Courthouse (built 1902). The location of the house is an indication of the prominence of the Winkler family as well as the significance of the house in the landscape of downtown Wilkesboro.
Taken from the feasibility study prepared by Maurer Architecture, a copy of which (including detailed information about rehab needs) will be made available upon request to prospective buyers.