Spanish Revival, A Style Not Too Common in the Piedmont, Is Well Represented Among Homes For Sale This Summer

There aren’t that many Spanish Revival (or Spanish Eclectic) homes in the Piedmont’s older neighborhoods, but four have popped up on the market this summer, two houses in High Point and two bungalows in Winston-Salem. This style can be found in ones or twos in many older neighborhoods, adding Mediterranean flair to the mix of Tudors and Four Squares, Craftsmans and Colonials.

The homes available this summer aren’t as elaborate as many Spanish Revivals, but they share many features typical to the style — light-colored stucco exteriors, arches over doors and windows, low-pitched tile roofs and (three of them, at least) asymmetric designs. But there’s variety among them. 1503 Wiltshire Street in High Point displays a smooth combination of Spanish Revival and the closely related Craftsman style. 205 Edgedale Drive is strikingly symmetrical, which is odd for Spanish Revival. The two Winston-Salem bungalows, 900 S. Hawthorne Road and 2229 Maplewood Avenue, may be more pure examples of the style, but they look distinctly different.

Spanish Revival was popular from around 1915 to 1930, particularly in Florida, California and the Southwest. By the ’30s it had largely faded away as variety and distinctiveness lost out to conformity and more austere, less labor-intensive styles.

1503 Wiltshire Street, High Point

1503 Wiltshire Street, High Point
contract pending July 21, 2021

  • $189,900
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,871 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $101
  • Built in 1933
  • Listed July 15, 2021
  • Last sale: $70,000, December 1986
  • Note: The property first appears in the city directory in 1930 as 1427 Wilshire (the “t” came later, perhaps when they renumbered the street). The first residents were Thomas S. Haynes and his wife, Irene. He was an industrial engineer. The house was either a rental or was sold almost every year, since several different residents appear in the directory through the 30’s.
    • By 1944, the property had been foreclosed upon and sold to Dr. Louis Lee Wilkinson (1899-1981) and his wife, Cozy Byrd Wyndham Wilkinson (1899-1995). They owned and occupied the house until 1953. Louis was a physician. His father, Dr. James Richard Wilkinson (1862-1935), was a surgeon and Presbyterian missionary in China, where Louis, his brother and two sisters were born. James built a hospital in Suzhou and practiced there until he died. James’s brother, Henry Brookwood Wilkinson, was a physician, and Louis’s brother, George Sr., and nephew George Jr. were as well.

205 Edgedale Road, High Point

205 Edgedale Drive, High Point
The Roland T. Holton House

  • Sold for $266,000 on July 29, 2021 (originally $289,900)
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,377 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $112
  • Built in 1928
  • Listed June 3, 2021
  • Last sale: $75,000, July 2011
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood, Uptown Suburbs Historic District
  • District NRHP nomination: “This two-story, stuccoed, Spanish Mission-style house has a stuccoed exterior, a flat roof behind a shaped parapet with a continuous, tiled pent roof around the entire building. The house is three bays wide and double-pile with paired, arched, fifteen-light French doors on the first story, each pair with a decorative metal railing, and paired nine-over-nine, wood-sash windows on the second story with window boxes on the facade.
    • “The arched, batten door has nine small lights and is accessed by an uncovered brick terrace with decorative metal railing. There is a single arched window centered over the entrance, an ogee-arched parapet on the facade, and an exterior, stuccoed chimney on the left (east) elevation. A one-story, flat-roofed enclosed porch projects from the right (west) elevation with deep eaves and exposed rafter tails.
    • “The earliest known occupant is Roland T. Holton (vice-president/assistant manager, Continental Furniture Company) in 1928.”

229 Maplewood Avenue, Winston-Salem

2229 Maplewood Avenue, Winston-Salem
The Eben and Lillian Rawls House

  • $375,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 1,950 square feet, 0.36 acre
  • Price/square foot: $193
  • Built in 1928
  • Listed June 24, 2021
  • Last sale: $134,000, May 1996
  • Neighborhood: Ardmore
  • District NRHP nomination: “Spanish Eclectic. One story; hip roof; stucco; multi-light entry; bank of fixed french doors; segmental arch porch entry; hip-roof projection with arcaded porch; canvas awning over front patio. 1929 [city directory]: Eben and Lillian Rawls, president-treasurer Rawls-Dickson Candy Company.”

900 S. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem

900 S. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem
The Emory James House

  • $399,500
  • 6 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 2,836 square feet, 0.34 acre
  • Price/square foot: $141
  • Built in 1925
  • Listed July 1, 2021
  • Last sale: $89,500, November 1979
  • Neighborhood: Ardmore
  • Note: “The lower level consists of well-lighted space consisting of 5 rooms of 1,053 sqft which has been a doctor’s office until recently. … There is an additional 1,411 sqft of unfinished basement area.”
    • District NRHP nomination: “Spanish Eclectic. One story; cross gable, stucco; six-over-six, double-hung sash; gable-roof porch with arcaded opening; side porch; round-head door; original tile roof removed; dovecote attic vent. The house was designed by Hall Crews.”
    • Although county records date the house to 1925, the address doesn’t appear in the city directory until 1931, when Emory E. James was listed as the resident. He was secretary-treasurer of Disher & James, real estate brokers.

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