(Below in italics is from the 1985 National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)
Constructed around 1900 for Sol Mason, this late Victorian house was purchased in 1908 by Regnal T. Umstead, a tobacconist from Willardsville in northern Durham County. Characteristic late Victorian features of the house include the various rooflines
of pedimented gables, hipped roof dormers and a bellcast hipped roof wing, as well as scalloped boards in the gables and clipped corners surmounted by drop pendant brackets. Umstead owned the Planter's Warehouse and was a partner with Arthur Carver in his Star Brick Warehouse. Umstead died in 1933 and his wife continued to live in the house until her death in 1956. At that time, her children sold the house to Wallace Fowler, who made it his residence until he sold it in 1979 to owners who converted it into apartments.
Unfortunately, all of the windows have been replaced with single-light casements.