This Second-Empire structure, built from locally quarried granite, boasts 15 rooms over three floors, a steep mansard roof, a two-story tower topped with granite balustrades, and a detached original kitchen house.
In 2014, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Industrialist and entrepreneur, Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless, built the house for his family in 1897.
Mr. Bonaparte was directly involved with numerous ventures in the County including Harris Granite Co., multiple cotton mills, banks, hotel interests including the Empire Block, residential developments on Thomas Street, and the Salisbury Electric Light and Street Railway Co. McCanless died in 1927, and by 1932, his widow, Georgia, did not have the funds necessary to maintain the home.
The sheriff sold the house to the bank, which allowed her to live there in two rooms on the first floor with a bath until her death in 1940.
In the following decades, the house had multiple owners and restorations including Bonaparte’s Restaurant, Rowan Homes, a nursing home and Livingstone College. In 2019 HSF acquired the property from the College and began the process to stabilize the roof and make the house secure. It was featured on the 2020 Virtual OctoberTour as an in-person experience for sponsors of the Tour and a pick-up location for sponsor gift baskets. New owners acquired the house in July 2021.