510 Holloway - R. Pearcy Reade House

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510 Holloway, likely 1960s.
(Courtesy Herald-Sun)

The R. Pearcy Reade house was built around 1900 by Mr. and Mrs. William B. McGary, who purchased the land from Julian Carr. Originally the house, like the others around it, was Victorian / Queen Anne in style.

In 1909, R. Pearcy Reade purchased the house from the McGarys. In the late 1920s, he completely remodeled the house in a Colonial Revival style, building a new 'shell', as it were, around the original. The original walnut trim was retained in the house, although the mantels were replaced with Federalist style mantelpieces. Mr. Reade served as Durham County Attorney for 50 years, and lived in this house from 1909 until his death in 1960.

510 Holloway, 1964 (DCL)

This house remained in good repair, and was renovated by Denise Barnes after she purchased the house in the mid 1980s. She lived in the house for ~ 15 years. The current homeowner has done work to refurbish the house again, and it remains, interior and exterior, one of the finer owner-occupied pieces of architecture in the Cleveland-Holloway district.

Looking south, 2007 (Photo by Gary Kueber)


If anyone's interested, this house is currently for sale, and for a steal: http://bit.ly/f2iaMC

Back in the 1980's, my husband and I met the owner of this house, Robert G 'Bob' Thacker, when we stopped at a yard sale he was having. When we said we were looking for antiques, he took us into the house and showed us his unbelievable collection.  The inside of the house is lovely and the quality of the craftsmanship is amazing. Mr Thacker's house was filled with antique furniture, silverware, glasware, ivory carvings, many of which had been evaluated by experts at the Smithsonian.  He even had a Tiffany floor lamp and Rhett Butler's cane from the movie "Gone With the Wind". Being young 2-somethings, we couldn't afford the treasures inside the house, but Mr Thacker found an 1860's bedroom suite, made of solid Honduras Mahogany, in his barn and made sure the price was right. 

We kept in touch with Mr. Thacker over the next several years and thoroughly enjoyed the facinating stories he told about how he aquired the various pieces he had collected over the years. When he passed away, I heard he had seven other houses in durham, all filled to the brim with antiques.

I'm so glad to hear that this house has been renovated. Since it's for sale, maybe arrangements can be made to get pictures inside for Open Durham!


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