Senator Dole’s parents, John Van Hanford and Mary Ella Cathey Hanford built the house in 1937 and here raised their two children – Elizabeth and her brother, the late John Van Hanford, Jr. In addition to being historically significant, the Hanford-Dole House is architecturally notable as one of the few Tudor Revival style houses in Salisbury. The two and a half-story house was designed by prominent Charlotte architect, William H. Peeps. The asymmetrical exterior is a decorative combination of stone, brick, stucco and half timbers, artfully executed in the Tudor style. The interior features a graceful curved staircase and Tudor arches. The interior remains true to its original design other than the 1970’s addition of a downstairs master bedroom suite.