127 NELSON STREET

127 NELSON STREET

127
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1950
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127
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1950
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

Photograph taken by Melva Rigel, February 2021

 

This one-story, side-gabled, Minimal Traditional-style house is three bays wide and double-pile with an enclosed side-gabled porch on the right (southeast) elevation, flush with the façade. The house has aluminum siding, flush eaves, six-over-six wood-sash windows, and an interior brick chimney. A six-panel door near the center of the façade is sheltered by a front-gabled porch on decorative metal posts. To the right of the entrance is a fixed picture window flanked by six-over-six windows. The former porch on the right elevation is enclosed with jalousie windows on a sided half-wall. County tax records date the house to 1950 and the earliest known occupants are John O. Smith, a mathematics teacher at Hillside High School, and his wife, Mary H. Smith, and English teacher at Whitted Junior High School, in 1950.

Mr. Smith was my algebra teacher in the 9th grade and his family and mine were members of the same church, Covenant Presbyterian Church USA..

According to county deed records, C.C. Edwards and wife, Annie Edwards, sold the lot to John O. Smith and his wife, Mary H. Smith.  When Mr. and Mrs. Smith's health began to decline, they decided to move into an assisted living facility.  So, on May 21, 2007, the Smiths sold their home to Jeffrey C. Perry and his wife, Terresa J. Perry, and Briana Nicole Perry as joint tenants with right of survivorship.  The Perrys still live and own the home.

  

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