This mid-19th Century Greek Revival dwelling originally stood at the corner of Lee and Fisher Streets, in the Old South Ward of Downtown Salisbury.
While still in the South Ward, the home, due to its rich history and architectural features, was listed as a significant contributing property to the national historic district now known as the Brooklyn-South Square (a.k.a the “Blackmer-Probst House). Sadly a victim of neglect, the structure was purchased by the Historic Salisbury Foundation in 1985 and relocated to its current location in West Square.
Although originally built in 1852 by Thomas T. Maxwell, a Salisbury merchant and politician, the home was quickly sold to an up and coming young lawyer named Luke Blackmer. The home is constructed on a simple “I” plan which was a popular design in the Central Piedmont region at the time…with only a few remaining today. In 1876, the rear portion of the home was destroyed by fire and the dining room and kitchen were quickly rebuilt upon the rooms’ original footprints.
Today, the home maintains its original footprint and is constructed mainly of pine wood planks (e.g. floors, ceilings, and walls). The home also maintains many of its original features, such as: the dining room’s hand painted floor; faux marble painted accents in the parlor; mantles; doors; fixtures; and hardware. All fireplaces and masonry elements were rebuilt in 1985.
It remains a great example of preservation and what a simple “I” plan home would have been like in the mid-1800’s.