Walter F. McCanless House c. 1925

204 Confederate Ave

Construction began in 1925 and was completed in 1929 on this two-story yellow brick Renaissance Revival home built for industrialist and promoter Walter F. McCanless.

The 6,200 square foot home sits on 2 1/2 acres, and its two-story garage served as servant quarters. In 1939, the home was sold to the B.V. Hedrick family, who donated it to Catawba College in 1969. The college sold it to the Donaldson family.

The residence features a hipped roof of green Ludowici tiles, buff iron-embedded brick, and molded stone quoins, which rise to friezes with embedded colored tiles. The front also features carved stone window boxes. At both sides of the house are purloins, the northern side a loggia and to the south a sunroom with attached porte-cochere. A balustrade-enclosed terrace carries completely across the front of the main block and pavilions. The interior has molded, plaster cornices and trim, walnut woodwork, beautifully crafted wrought iron, carved marble mantels, and gold leaf design. In the entrance hall, a classical acanthus leaf design is featured. This home was last on Tour in 2002.