|Raleigh Public Record Photo.|
If you'd like to take a break from Iowa's cold and snowy winter and invest $350,000 (before actual restoration begins), it's available now from Preservation North Carolina.
|Preservation North Carolina Photo.|
A two-story wing containing the stair hall seems to have been added not long after the house was built. A second extension was added during the mid-19th century.
The Jones family continued to occupy the house until 1973, but as the years passed Wake Forest Road became a busy highway --- now six lanes flanked by commercial developments. The family sold the house and surrounding property to a developer in 1975 and the usual sprawl developed around it. The developer, however, protected the house within a one-acre buffer of woodland and conserved, but did not improve, it.
During March of 2012, however, the current owner announced plans for an apartment development on the site and preservationists scrambled to save the house.
|Prepared for the move: Preservation North Carolina Photo.|
Preservation North Carolina now is looking for a new owner (with deep pockets) to buy the house on its new lot, restore and live in it.
You can read more about (and see more of) the Crabtree Jones House here. A report on the move is located here. If interested in detailed views of the move, see Mike Legeros' Flickr photo set here. And you can watch video of the move below (Raleigh News & Observer video).