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Gordon-Brandon House
148 Bridge Street
Milton, NC
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Price: $32,500
Square Feet: 1,968
Lot Description/Acreage:
1.7 acres/Zoning: Residential
Year Built:
1850
 
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Name: Cathleen Turner, Regional Director
Agency: Preservation NC, Piedmont Office
Phone: 919-401-8540
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Property Description
The Gordon-Brandon House is an unusual example of a uniquely Milton house type: a modest-scale raised Greek Revival cottage consisting of a brick lower level and a wood frame upper level containing the main entrance and ornamentation. Located at the end of N. Bridge (“Warehouse”) Street, the house is set near Country Line Creek on a secluded wooded lot entered through masonry gates.

The Gordon-Brandon House may have been built c.1850 by Field Gordon, owner of a local saloon. In 1950, it was purchased by Hunter and Annie Brandon, then purchased by an absentee owner in 2000 and has suffered several years of neglect. Happily, it was recently purchased by a local preservationist who has enlisted Preservation North Carolina’s assistance to find someone to purchase and restore it to its former elegance.
The raised brick lower level was finely finished with stucco and an application of scored lines emphasized by white penciling to give it an elegant ashlar stone appearance and anchor the house to its site. Although much of this treatment was later covered with paint or new stucco, there are glimpses of the original detail on the rear elevation. The front façade is dominated by a two-story, three-bay-wide porch supported by four large beaded posts on the lower level and more delicate chamfered posts on the upper level dressed with molded caps, decorative brackets and turned balustrade. The two-paneled, double-leaf doors on the upper level are set within an irregular-glazed transom and sidelights—similar to those found in other houses in the area known to be associated with Thomas Day—and is surrounded by a heavily fluted architrave with plain cornerblocks. The entrance of the lower level is comparatively plain with a set of simple double-leaf doors with single flat panels flanked by recessed half-sidelights. A three-sided bay with four-over-four windows flanks each side of the entrance. Of special note are the rather large upper level windows consisting of eight-over-twelve sash with wide architraves and delicate molding.

The house is capped by a low-pitched standing seam roof and wide eaves typical of Greek Revival houses of the period. Two brick exterior end chimneys have been stuccoed sometime in the last forty years. The main two-story section of the house is arranged in a center hall plan with a large room on either side of the hall on each floor. The interior is simply finished with plaster walls, a staircase with turned newel post, molded railing and plain pickets, symmetrically molded window surrounds with cornerblocks, tall beaded baseboards, and plain Greek Revival mantels.

A rear ell that was originally two rooms has been opened up in recent years to create a large open kitchen. An enclosed former breezeway, which connects the lower level center hall to the ell serves as a side entry hallway and provides space for a bathroom at one end.

The house has suffered neglect for several years and will need a complete rehabilitation. The roof needs to be assessed and repaired accordingly (a tarp has been installed on the roof near the south chimney). Other needed repairs include new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, removal of recent wood paneling and ceiling tiles, repair/replacement of damaged plaster, some structural repair, masonry work, and new bathrooms and kitchen. The property is located in the Milton National Register Historic District and is eligible for tax credits.

Last Updated: June 19, 2019
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