photo by Sean Meyers
This one-story, Greek Revival home was built c. 1850 with Victorian additions in the 1890s. Architectural features include 6/6 sash windows with large original rectangular panes cased with molded, mitered trim, a symmetrical form with gabled roof, three bays wide and one bay deep, with a gabled addition to the rear. A low hipped veranda was added in the Victorian style with a slightly projecting, pedimented gable over the entry with turned posts and wrought iron balustrade.
The most famous owner of the home was Ben Martin, photographer for Time and Life Magazines, among others. He inherited the home from his aunt and uncle, William and Whilhelmina Miller. Mr. Miller worked for Miller Brokerage Company Fruit Produce on North Lee Street and his wife was employed by Rowan Memorial Hospital as a medical records librarian. Mr. Martin was born in Salisbury in 1930 and began his photographic endeavors at age eight when he received his first camera and later as a staff photographer for the Salisbury Post at age 15.
Mr. Martin captured some of history’s most iconic images, including Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march, President John F. Kennedy’s funeral, the Japanese pilot who led the attack on Pearl Harbor during the 40th anniversary of Hiroshima, and many other historical figures and happenings throughout the world over a thirty-three-year period. Mr. Martin passed away in 2016, and the present owners acquired the home in 2017 and have completed a full restoration.