J.C. Cress built this two-story frame house and lived there with his family into the 1940s. The house nicely illustrates how a less fussy version of the Victorian style morphed into a Colonial Revival look. Its overall composition, notably the projecting front gable and brackets, is distinctly Victorian. Yet, the simplicity of the styling and lack of ornamentation on the house looks similar to the four-square, a popular version of the Colonial Revival style in that era.
Historic Salisbury Foundation acquired the J. C. Cress House for the Revolving Fund in 1997, selling it to Ken Weaver and Preston Sale in 1998. The house has been renovated and sold several times since. The Cress House bears the distinction of being the only house on tour this year to have been on OctoberTour previously—it was shown in 1999. It received an HSF Preservation Award in 2015. Photo by Sean Meyers