Allmand Holmes House – Video Podcast

This is the video version of Whitfield Tart discussing his family home.
Downloadable audio-only version podcast is posted here.

The Allmand Holmes House, built in 1856, is a Greek Revival style home located in Clinton, NC. Halfway between Raleigh and the North Carolina Coast.

Listed on the National Register of historic places and perfectly situated on a stunning one acre lot in the historic district – walkable to downtown Clinton.

Enjoy the rare elegance provided by this extraordinary home. Pamper family and friends with the pleasure of large rooms and graceful porches – upstairs and down.

Behind the main house, are 3 other structures – an interesting original smokehouse, a mid-century guest house and the old carriage house which has been converted into a guest house.

Some updating is needed but the numerous original architectural details are astounding – including paneled wainscot, intricate staircase, Greek Revival door and window surrounds. Five of the six fireplace mantels are original. A marble mantle in one parlor was imported from a lost plantation house called Pleasant Retreat.

Wrap-around porch along the back was long ago enclosed to accommodate a kitchen. The original kitchen off the back porch was then converted to a garage. Good options are available to incorporate a modern kitchen, including reclaiming the original kitchen space.


Boylan Heights ArtWalk

The neighborhood of Boylan Heights is holding its annual ArtWalk this weekend.  On Sunday December 2nd from 1-5pm you can visit 39 different Boylan Heights homes and admire (or purchase) the works of over 100 Raleigh area artists.

Boylan Heights ArtWalk LogoThis is the 15th year for ArtWalk.  It’s a popular event and seems to get bigger every year.  Check it out if you can.  It’s a great way to get a little exercise and make progress on your Christmas shopping.

There is no admission charge, but keep an eye on the weather.  If the weather is severe, ArtWalk will be postponed until the following weekend.

Attending ArtWalk is a great way to see one of Raleigh’s historic neighborhoods.  Most Boylan Heights homes date from the 1910’s and 1920’s with bungalows ruling the roost.  Boylan Heights developers tried something a little different and it became the first Raleigh neighborhood with curvilinear streets.

There is a fantastic view of downtown Raleigh from the eastern edge of the neighborhood.  Boylan Heights is a wonderfully unique place to live.