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Love-A-Landmark in Sunset Hills
October 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm$25
In 1915, Hugh N. Preddy of Oak Ridge married Mary Dodson of Thomasville. By 1928, the couple took a mortgage of $10,324, and purchased their splendid Tudor Revival home overlooking Greenway Park. At the time of their purchase, Preddy served as a clerk for the Greensboro office of E. A. Pierce & Company, on Friendly Avenue in downtown. E.A. Pierce & Co. was a securities brokerage firm based in New York City, later known as Merrill Lynch.
With the stock crash of 1929, Preddy lost his position and the brokerage firm and the couple took on several family members who shared their home, including his niece Mary Wooters, in-laws James and Mittie Dodson, grandmother-in-law Mary Jane Elliott, aunt-in-law Mary Lines and lodger Laurence McRae. Preddy found a new position as a telephone operator the next year, but by 1933 the family defaulted on their mortgage. The property was sold at public auction, only to be purchased by the estate of Mary’s grandfather. Her grandfather’s estate held ownership of the property until 1941, at which point the house was sold to the Bruckner family.
Among Sunset Hills’ many Tudor-style homes, the Preddy House is one of the most detailed. Located on a sweeping lawn, the 3,837 square foot house features many of the hallmarks of Tudor design. These elements include a steeply pitched slate roof with a prominent cross gable, half-timbered walls present above the second floor that create chevron and lozenge patterns, and quatrefoil designs beneath a second floor window.
You are invited to spend an evening in this grand house with your friends at Preservation Greensboro. Enjoy light fare and libation as you explore the house as a special fundraising event. Tickets are limited. Call (336-272-5003) or email to assure your attendance!