Preservation Personals: 19th-Century Federalist Seeks Owners To Keep Warm With
As a two-story Federal-Greek Revival residence built by Thomas Jefferson’s understudy, I run in some pretty famous circles.
In 1832, prominent regional architect Dabney Cosby (student of our third president) teamed up with Thomas Day—a free African-American craftsman whose work has attracted a resurgence of interest recently—to build me. I was constructed as a wedding gift for Elizabeth Duke Scales from her father, Randall, who founded my hometown of Madison, North Carolina. In fact, I'm almost as old as the town itself.
My facade—the work of Cosby—is one of the only examples of Federalist architecture in the area, while my interior is a showcase of the Greek Revival style. In the dining room, you’ll find one of my six fireplaces, flanked on both sides by Day’s double Doric columns. Also on the first floor is my master bedroom and kitchen, complete with a gas stove and granite counter tops.
Head upstairs and you’ll find three more bedrooms, each with its own fireplace and mantle. In the basement I’ve got a cozy family room with another gas-log fireplace. And while I was renovated in 1995 and updated in 2014, I retain a plethora of other original features.
Historic Madison—a quaint business district with boutique shops and restaurants—lies just blocks away, a short walk on the town’s tree-lined streets. So come by if you’re in the neighborhood, or check me out here.