Heart of Salisbury, c. 1950

Heart of Salisbury

120 East Innes Street

In 1905 at 123 North Main Street, A.G. Peeler opened Bamby Bakers. The bakery expanded into this two story addition, designed and built by Wagoner Construction  in the late 1950s, and was by then a retail and wholesale operation. Bamby merged with Flowers Industries in 1969. Bread production ceased in 1986 and the company closed permanently two years later. In 1997. Years after the bakery closed, the City of Salisbury purchased the 43,000 square foot building as a downtown redevelopment project. Two couples each purchased a half of the building in 2005 and began restoration projects, keeping with the industrial aesthetic of the space with apartments upstairs and art studio/gallery space downstairs. 

Half of the building was recently purchased and completely transformed into a yoga/wellness/kitchen space with a demonstration kitchen, therapy services, and studio space. Welcome to the Heart of Salisbury!

 

The Bell Block Building, 1898

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133 South Main Street

Designed by C.C. Hook of Charlotte, this three-story building was built by David Gaskill of Salisbury as an investment for his aunt, a Mrs. Bell who lived in Morehead City. Gaskill, along with his brother, operated a tobacco factory in Salisbury.

The building’s architectural style is a derivative of Richardsonian Romanesque. It features brick construction with native Rowan County granite covering the front façade, fluted cast iron pilasters on the façade, a small balcony with ornamental iron work on the front corners of the second floor, and an elaborate interior stairway. It has full story windows on the second and third floors and arched windows on the third floor.

The Belk-Harry Co. purchased the Bell Block building in 1934, then donated it to Historic Salisbury Foundation in 1981. The Loflin family purchased the building in 1994 from HSF after renting the space for their business, The Thread Shed, for a number of years. The Thread Shed, as well as the building, is still owned and operated by the Loflin family today.

The Snider-Floyd House, c. 1925

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505 Seventh Street, Spencer

Robbie Snider, a fireman for Southern Railway, had this one-and-one-half story frame bungalow built in 1925. This attractive house complete with board and batten siding has the overall feel of an English cottage. That said, its dominant architectural features are of the bungalow style. Combinations of those two styles were popular during the 1920s and ‘30s as Spencer’s development matured and reached beyond the early town grid.

The house was renovated by the previous owners in 2010. Its current owners have continued to make improvements. They are avid collectors of eclectic art and antiques as well as memorabilia related to the house and the railroad.

The Morris House, 1909

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1909 Morris House – 223 West Bank Street

One of North Carolina’s first licensed architects, Louis Asbury, designed this two-story, Colonial Revival residence for Emma-Lewis and Claude Morris. Mr. Morris was the Vice-President of the Salisbury Cotton Mill and Mrs. Morris, a founder of the Rowan Public library, started the first adult education program in Rowan County and held classes at the mill.  A granite paver driveway, large yard and spacious front porch welcome visitors to the residence.

Following a fire in 1930, a bay window and sunroom were added to the original floorplan and the wood shingles were replaced with terra cotta. The current owners purchased the property from the Morris’ grandson in 2011 and have undertaken extensive interior and exterior renovations.

The Stokes-Snider House, 1919

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324 North Fulton Street

Dr. Ernest Stokes, the resident surgeon at Salisbury’s first modern hospital known as the Whitehead-Stokes Sanatorium, built this Colonial Revival-Style frame house in 1919. The home was enjoyed by the Snider family for fifty-nine years and features Ionic-columned entrance porch, dentil cornice, and a pediment dormer. This home was located on the site of the Salisbury Male Academy (ca. 1815), later known as the Shober House.

The current owners completed a full restoration and operate Across the Pond Bed and Breakfast in the home.

The Jerome House, 1901

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415 South Fulton Street

Thomas Jerome, a local attorney, had this 2-½ story, 12-room Victorian landmark built in 1901. Among its notable features are a wide and dramatic wraparound front porch, octagonal turrets, Doric columns, cedar shakes and rough finished stucco. Beginning in 1936, zoning rules allowed for the conversion of this Queen Anne home to a funeral parlor, an arrangement that lasted until 1975. The home was about to be demolished to accommodate a parking lot for the Fairmont Terrace apartments when it was purchased and converted back to a single-family dwelling. Since then, three successive owners have undertaken extensive interior restorations to reconfigure the home.

The current owners purchased the property in 2005 and immediately worked with local craftsman to extensively renovate the kitchen and make structural repairs.

 

Josephus W. Hall House, 1820

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226 South Jackson Street

Salisbury’s landmark residence was originally an 1820 two-story Federal style double-pile (two-rooms deep) frame house used by the girl’s department of Salisbury Academy. The original Salisbury Academy closed after five years of operation, and the building was sold. Ms. Rebecca Troy and her half-brother, Maxwell Chambers, lived in the house for fourteen years, until her marriage to Judge David Caldwell. It was then sold to the Sheriff of Davie County, N. S. A. Chaffin, who used the property for rental income.

In 1859, Dr. Josephus Hall (1805-1873) purchased the property from Sheriff Chaffin and added a two-story front porch with cast iron oak leaf and acorn ornamental openwork, a gateway arch, and square-edged clapboard. The ironwork was ordered from St. Louis, where Dr. Hall lived for some time, while helping to establish several medical schools. Salisbury blacksmith, Peter Frerck, installed the ironwork for Dr. Hall, which cost one hundred and seventeen dollars. The front windows were also lengthened. During the Civil War, Dr. Hall served as hospital surgeon and surgeon in charge at the Salisbury Confederate Prison.

Between 1890 and 1910, the attic was enlarged with a high-hipped roof and dormers. Historic Salisbury Foundation purchased the home and contents in 1972 from the Hall family, which had continuously occupied the residence for 113 years. A two-room detached kitchen, staffed before emancipation by enslaved persons, was carefully restored over a three-year period and opened to the public in 2006.

Spacious grounds contain an herb garden and antique rose garden, as well as many old-growth trees and shrubs. The cannon on the front lawn once guarded the Salisbury Confederate Prison. The site is open for guided tours on weekends from March through December, and features special exhibits, guest speakers and programs.

In Summer 2019, the movie “The 24th” was filmed in various locations around Salisbury, including the Hall House. The film was directed by Kevin Willmott, Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, along with Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel, and David Rabinowitz. The Hall House  also celebrated its 200th anniversary in May 2020.

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Historic Salisbury Foundation - Celebrating 48 Years of Preservation

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Historic Salisbury Foundation, founded in 1972, is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and revitalize the historic fabric of Salisbury and Rowan County.