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Love-A-Landmark at the Dixon-Leftwich-Murphy House
October 29, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
If you enjoy exploring grand old Victorian mansions, this event is a must! Soaring ceilings, robust solid plaster moldings, and a graceful staircase with a black walnut rail and newel are all components of this Gothic landmark that can be seen as part of the Love-A-Landmark event series to benefit Preservation Greensboro.
This handsome, two-story brick residence is one of only three Gothic Revival designs in the city, and a rare example for the state. Gothic features a dramatically steep roofline, a clipped gable, lancet attic windows, and tall windows topped by transoms. Nurseryman Martin C. Dixon built the house on a large parcel of land in the northernmost section of the city around 1875. The house remained in the Dixon family until 1887, when it was sold to Colonel A. H. Leftwich. Fifteen years later, in 1903, the house was purchased by T. J. and Annie Leftwich-Murphy. Murphy was twice mayor of Greensboro, serving from 1905-1907, and again in 1911-1917. It stands as one of only two brick houses built in Greensboro in the 1870s that survive today.
This distinguished property was listed to the National Register of Historic Places in 12 August 1982, listed as a contributing structure in the Fisher Park National Register Historic District on 29 October 1991 and was locally designated as a Landmark Property 15 July 1982.
BONUS PROPERTY! The Gant-McAlister House
In addition to the Dixon-Leftwhich-Murphy House, visitors may explore the Gant-McAlister House! Originally located at 706 North Greene Street, the home was moved in order to preserve it in 1995. The campaign was christened “Saved By An Inch”, and collected funds, and with an anonymous donor and the vision of Mrs. Anne Carlson, the magnificent c.1910 Colonial Revival home was moved with supervision by project architect Jo Leimenstoll. The Gant-McAlister House features an impressive front stair, large rooms, and a third floor apartment!
ADDRESS: 507 North Church Street. Parking on nearby streets
This event is sponsored by Lauten Crow of Simpson Commercial Real Estate and Genuity Concepts as a benefit for Preservation Greensboro.