The W.L. Gardner House in Reidsville: An 1890 Home That Needs a Lot of Work, $45,000

635 Lindsey Street, Reidsville, Rockingham County
The W.L. Gardner House

  • $45,000
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms not specified, 2,222 square feet, 0.49 acre
  • Price/square foot: $20
  • Built in 1917 (per county), possibly ca. 1890 (NRHP district nomination)
  • Listed July 2, 2021
  • Last sale: $60,000, October 2000
  • Neighborhood: Reidsville Historic District
  • Listing: “Home needs to be completely redone. This home also includes another property that is accessed through Snead Street.
    • “Enter at your own risk, condition of the home is unknown. SOLD AS IS.”
  • No interior photos are included in the listing.
    • “This may be a Historic home, check with Rockingham county for restrictions.” It is, so restoration work is eligible for historic preservation tax credits.
    • No heating or air conditioning systems
    • The lot runs all the way back to Snead Street.
    • The second residence on the property is 708 Snead Street. Exterior pictures are included in the listing, but otherwise no information on that house is available.
    • The owner also is selling 633 Lindsey Street and is willing to sell both properties as a package.
    • District NRHP nomination: “A construction date, builder and original owner of this two-story brick house have not been determined, but it appears that William Littleton Gardner (1848-1928), a Virginia native, acquired the tract of land occupied by the house in 1900 from J.W. and Sallie B. Jennings. Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Jennings were both Blairs, and the property may have been involved in a Blair inheritance. It is also possible that Jennings, a brick manufacturer, built the house. The lot was a large one, extending some 800 feet to the south, all the way through to Piedmont St.
    • “Gardner had moved to Rockingham County in 1881, and at the turn of the century located in Reidsville where he first operated a butcher shop and later ran a small grocery store on nearby Snead St.
    • “Like its neighbor to the east, the Gardner House is one of a small number of 19th century brick dwellings in Reidsville. Topped by a low hip roof of standing seam tin, the house features a single-pile, central hall plan with a two-story, hip-roofed and one-story, gable-roofed ells extending to the rear.
    • “Segmental arch openings contain two over two windows and the main entrance at the center of the three-bay facade, which is spanned by a one-story porch with bracketed turned posts. Corbeled brick chimneys are located at either side of the rear of the main block.”

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