FREDERICK JOHN AND HARRIET W. SCHNELL HOUSE
1927, c. 2000
Two-story, frame Colonial Revival with center door with transom and sidelights and pedimented entrance portico. Plain siding, six-over-six sash windows, and flanking two-story porch wings. One first-story porch has been enclosed, but both second-story screened sleeping porches are intact. Built for Frederick John and Harriet W. Schnell by contractor Charlie Brooks from a design by H. D. Carter.
The house has been significantly altered since the 1993 survey with the reconstruction of the front porch, the enclosure of the side porches, the alteration of first-story fenestration on the façade, and the construction of a large rear addition. The house retains original six-over-six wood-sash windows on the second story and an original six-panel door with five-light sidelights and a three-part transom. First-story windows on the façade, originally single six-over-six windows have been replaced with tripartite windows featuring six-over-six windows flanked by four-over-four windows. The original shed-roofed porch with pedimented gable has been replaced with a pedimented portico supported by grouped columns. On the right (east) two-story wing, windows on the first story have been replaced with grouped eight-light casements and a screened porch at the second story has been enclosed with eight-light casement windows over paneled aprons. The second-story porch on the left (west) elevation has been similarly enclosed, though the open porch at the first story remains with original columns. The house has been enlarged significantly at the rear with a near-full-width, one-story gabled wing replacing an earlier gable ell at the left rear. This wing has multiple projecting pedimented bays on the side and rear elevations, a side-gabled wing across the rear (north) and an inset screened porch at the northeast corner. County tax records date the building to 1932, though it appears on the 1932 Sanborn map, so may have been constructed earlier.
In the 2013 survey, this was deemed a Contributing Building.
The contributing status reflected in the database was assigned to the building as part of the 1993 National Register nomination. Were the NR nomination to be formally updated, this property would likely be considered noncontributing.
SOURCE: M. Ruth Little, National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Gimghoul Neighborhood Historic District, Orange County, OR0709 (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, 2013, via HPOWEB, accessed 8 Jan. 2020), courtesy of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office; Heather Wagner Slane, 2013 Survey Update (NCSHPO HPOWEB 2.0, accessed 10 Jan. 2020); courtesy of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.