Built in 1900
In honor of the “Royal Wedding” here’s purple and pink 🏠 💝
When Jesse Jenkins, founder of the first bank in Shelby, North Carolina, built this house in 1874, he had no way of knowing that four more of the five successive owners who came after him would be prominent bankers as well, giving the house its name in the process.
The Bankers House was most likely designed by noted architect G.S.H Appleget, whose work across the state of North Carolina is well documented and widely appreciated. Appleget is single handedly responsible for many of the state's finest examples of Second Empire design. This house is considered one of the best, and one of the few that were constructed of brick.
Not long after completing this house, Jesse Jenkins suffered a reversal of fortune and lost it at public auction. Throughout the next century, it changed hands multiple times. As fate would have it (and totally unscripted) each new homeowner was owner/founder or a prominent partner of a local bank.
In the late 1990's, the last owners, George and Nancy Blanton, signed an agreement with Preservation North Carolina, placing the house and its future under protective covenants.
Can't speak for the rest of you, but there are at least two people who are very glad they did: I am one, and the immensely talented G.S.H Appleget (wherever he may be) is the other.
Nothing like a bright, sunshiny yellow house! This beauty is extra welcoming with room for two Adirondack chairs by the entry. I also love the balcony and window details. What is your favorite feature? #dorchester#visitma
Starting a new feature today called "Small House Sunday" because cottages and small homes deserve love too! ❤
This Riverside cottage was designed by architect Charles Whittlesey as his own personal residence in 1894. He had been a student of prominent Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. He only lived in this home for about six years, then moved out west, first to Arizona and then to California where he worked in various styles, including the mission style, until his death in 1947. While working out west, Whittlesey pioneered the use of reinforced concrete.
But back to the cottage.
One of Whittlesey's Riverside neighbors was Queene Ferry Coonley. She was deeply involved in progressive education and began her first school for her daughter Elizabeth and neighborhood children in the Whittlesey Cottage that Mrs. Coonley had acquired in 1906. As the school added grades, the Cottage became too small and she asked Frank Lloyd Wright, who had designed her own home, to build a new school in 1912, which is now known as the Coonley Playhouse. The Whittlesey Cottage then became a single family home once again.