Photo by Sean Meyers
This granite block house was constructed in 1928 for Rufus and Miriam Harris Hunt by the E.W. Wagoner Construction Company, later Wagoner Construction Company. Mrs. Hunt’s family, the Harrises, owned the Harris Granite Quarries Company, whose quarries at the time included the Balfour Pink Granite Quarry near Gold Hill in eastern Rowan County. Mr. Hunt was the business manager for the quarry where the stone for the house was procured. The Tudor Eclectic home has a façade dominated by a steep front-facing gable and a steeply pitched roof. The home’s pink and gray granite is laid in an irregular pattern of small, large, vertical and horizontal blocks. The construction of the house caused a minor stir in the neighborhood when it was thought not to “fit in” with the surrounding homes.
Look for French doors and a large symmetrical gray granite fireplace and mantle. The home was last on tour in 2011 and the current owners acquired it in 2017. Their love of color and eclectic style, a combination of modern, vintage, and antique furniture and art are displayed throughout the home.