The William Murdoch House c. 1868

An outstanding example of the mid-19th century Italianate style, this imposing solid brick residence was built in 1868 by master builder William Murdoch.

A Scottish stone mason by trade, Murdoch also helped built Fort Sumter at Charleston and the old NC Capitol in Raleigh. The house was built on the site where British General Cornwallis briefly stayed while pursuing General Greene during the American Revolution.

The two main floors stand on a raised basement five bays wide with all elevations divided by brick pilasters crowned with corbeled granite caps. The windows retain their original granite lintels and sills. A prominent feature atop the slate roof is the stately belvedere. A 3-bay-long veranda graces the main façade; its hipped roof crowned with a balcony enclosed by elaborate cast-iron cresting. The interior boasts 12-foot ceilings and 12 fireplaces. Original floorboards, mantels and doors are throughout with many planks measuring 20’ in length.

Once abandoned and ultimately condemned by the City, the grand old house was saved, protected, and restored in the 1970s and 1980s by several families including the Monroes, Johnsons, and Sayers. The present owners purchased the home in 1990 and have filled it with collections reflecting their love of antiques.