The Prairie-style Sherrod House on Main Street in High Point will soon have a new owner!
The sprawling house located at 1100 North Main Street with an iconic green tile roof could close as early as September 14th, according to purchasers Martha Ann Barnard and Chip Harris. The pair currently operate Vintage Thrift and Antiques from a storefront on Hillcrest Place, but the shop will move into the larger new space once renovations are complete. In addition to Vintage, the couple will rent booth space on the first floor to individual antique dealers and run a furniture consignment operation on the second floor.
The Sherrod House was built by prominent High Point businessman Archibald Sherrod and his wife Lizzie in 1915. Sherrod was originally from Martin County in eastern North Carolina and relocated to High Point in 1898 after purchasing the High Point Chair Company. An active businessman, Sherrod held interests in the Sherrod Shirt Co. on North Main Street, as well as real estate and insurance ventures. He was the principal developer of Sherrod Park, now an historic district centered on Woodrow Avenue.
At the time the house was constructed, the neighborhood that is considered “Uptown High Point” today was residential in character. The house likely caused a stir among High Point residents when it was constructed due to its stark, modern appearance that stood in sharp contrast to the traditional Colonial Revival styles constructed on neighboring lots. The house features a wide porch set upon a foundation of Mount Airy granite, the material of choice for fashionable early twentieth-century houses in the piedmont. Dramatically wide overhanging eaves block the strong vertical summer sun while allowing the warming rays of low winter sunlight into the house through oversized windows. The Prairie-style details of this home, a genre popularized in the Midwest by Frank Lloyd Wright, are rarely seen in North Carolina. The house will be inscribed to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the larger Uptown Suburbs National Register Historic District currently under review.
Interior details continue the Prairie theme within a more traditional floor plan (right). Unlike Wright’s organic floor plans, formal parlors open to the right and left of a generous reception room. Rising from the reception room is a grand staircase distinguished by a simple, straight-cut balustrade. The dining room exhibits handmade paneling of American cherry, and oak floors unite all the rooms of the first-floor.
Barnard, a native of Greensboro and Harris, a native of Jamestown, saw the opportunity of expanding their business into the historic home as interest grew in vintage items and furniture in High Point. With similar operations in nearby cities, High Point residents will now have a local option within the setting of one of High Point’s most unique properties.
Individuals interested in being a part of this project by consigning furniture or renting space to sell antiques may contact Harris at this email address.
Written by Benjamin Briggs
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