A brief history of the home
As told by Molly
I love this home’s history. It was built in 1913 in the Lakewood neighborhood of Durham, just southwest of downtown. A.G. Wilson, a machine operator, was the occupant in 1925 and 1930. When the home was built, a streetcar used to run down our street, shuttling residents to an old amusement park about four blocks away.
Our neighborhood is full of historic properties, some which have been fully restored, and others that are wearing their years more visibly. Our home is an old farmhouse with a long front porch and tin roof, big windows and tall ceilings, and lovely, thick floor molding.
The home was in total disrepair and neglect for the past decade or so. A local renovation company that focuses on historic properties bought the home about three years ago and brought it back to life. They restored it top to bottom and made a few key upgrades. We have new systems, appliances, and finishes—but the bones, floor plan, and character of the home are original.
My husband and I were on the fence about whether we wanted to buy a fixer upper and do the renovation ourselves, but after seeing this home we agreed with and loved the renovator’s decisions. We toured the home on a Saturday morning and owned it by Sunday evening.