212 Florence Street is a little worse for wear after more than 100 years. Still, its Craftsman features are intact, and now it has a chance for a new lease on life. The Preservation Greensboro Development Fund is seeking a buyer to restore the house to its original use as a single-family residence. It was divided into three apartments decades ago.
It’s a great opportunity for anyone who would love to restore a historic home. And as a contributing structure in the National Register Fisher Park Historic District, it’s eligible for historic-rehabilitation tax credits. The house will be sold subject to a rehabilitation agreement and a preservation easement to ensure the structure and its distinctive features are returned to good condition and converted back to a single-family residence.
The house has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 1,770 square feet. It’s halfway up a small hill rising from Fisher Park and Fisher Park Circle, adjacent to a set of six recently built upscale townhomes on the former site of Temple Emanuel’s activity center.
Although rundown and divided into three apartments, the house is still charming, and most of its historic features are intact. The terse description in the neighborhood’s National Register nomination: “Gable-end structure; Chalet-like front dormer with ventilator at its peak, triangular knee-braces, stickwork, and band of casement windows.”
Bidding starts at $233,000. The deadline for submitting the preliminary application is Wednesday November 3, 2021. This link goes to more details on the offer and the house, as well as the preliminary application form for potential buyers.
212 Florence Street, Greensboro
The Whitt and Bessie Stone House
- Bids start at $233,000
- The deadline for submitting the preliminary application is Wednesday November 3, 2021.
- 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1,770 square feet
- Price/square foot at $233,000: $132
- Built in 1915 (per county, but probably a bit earlier)
- Last sale: $97,000, May 1998
- Neighborhood: Fisher Park Historic District
- Note: The first owners were Whitley Robert “Whitt” Stone (1881-1933) and his wife, Elizabeth Ella Eller “Bessie” Stone (1880-1963). They bought the property in 1911 and were listed as living in the house beginning with the 1913-14 city directory. Whitt was vice president of his brother’s firm, Joseph J. Stone & Company, printers, engravers and bookbinders. They sold the house in 1923.