Barnum and Sarah Sustare
13700 Idlewild Road, Matthews, N.C.
Photo taken Spring 2010
House as it appeared in 2007
The Sustare House is a large massed-plan wood-framed
one-story Queen Anne Style farmhouse. The house faces east and is set
back approximately 60' from Idlewild Road. The house sits on a relatively
level five acre lot. To the south of the house is an open
field. A neighboring house sits close to the Sustare House to the
north. The neighborhood primarily consist of mid to late
Twentieth Century ranch houses sitting on one acre lots.
houses along Idlewild Road
The facade features a nearly full width hipped-roof porch
that wraps around the south elevation. The porch is highlighted by a
single gable over wide steps with simple handrails that lead to the porch in
front of the front door. The gable contains vertical narrow moulded boards
with a convex profile. The porch rests on brick piers that have been
infilled with brick curtain walls. The porch roof is supported by turned
post topped with sawn brackets. Posts are connected by chamfered and beaded
handrails with simple picket balustrades. Porch floor is tongue-and-groove
boards. The original porch ceiling is covered by plywood.
The facade features two moderately steep gables of roughly
equal size. The southernmost of the gables projects forward over a
wide cut-away bay that is also completely protected by the front
porch. This gable contains vertical beaded board and a
louvered vent with a sawn trim featuring a three leaf design. The
gable features an overhanging closed rake, highlighted by moulded
trim. The second gable extends to the north side elevation and is set
back from the other gable, and contains the same woodwork features.
The cut-away bay contains three double-hung two-over-two
windows. The window sash are modern based on the design of the
original sash. Interior and exterior sills and trim are
original. Nearly all sash in the house have been replaced.
The facade is three bay wide. The front door is located to the north
of the cut-away bay. The door is a six-light replacement
door. A single window is centered below the north gable. Walls
sheltered by the porch feature the same narrow moulded convex boards found
in the porch gable set horizontally. The porch walls are
topped with moulded trim. To the north of the porch, a small
unsheltered section of the wall is sheathed with weather board, separated
from the moulded siding by a single vertical board. The workmanship of
the finish carpentry and the quality of the millwork, especially the
millwork lavished on the facade, are notable.
Detail of south elevation and
south projecting wing
The south elevation of the principal
section of the house is completely sheltered by the porch and
contains a single tall two-over-two window. A small portion of the
rear of the porch was enclosed with weatherboard early in the twentieth
century forming a small vestibule. A tall two-over-two window and
replacement door pierce the vestibule walls. Originally the porch
wrapped around and sheltered the front of the wing that projects to the
south. This portion of the porch was enclosed early in the twentieth century
with weatherboard siding and is pierced by three short two-over-two
windows. The gable features beaded board and the same woodwork found
in the other forward-facing gables. The wing was originally
cross-gabled, but with a recent addition to the rear of the house, the
original south facing gable was replaced with a hip.
A new one-bay-wide hipped wing projects from the south
View of north elevation and rear (rear elevation
features screened porch)
The north elevation is two bays wide. A gable is
located adjacent to the facade. Unlike the front gables, this gable
contains weatherboard siding and features a simple diamond-shaped louvered
vent. A band that serves as a freeze board under the soffit adjacent to the
rear elevation, runs across the base of the gable.
The northern section of the rear
elevation is largely original and features a gable adjacent to the north
elevation. Cornice/band and vent details are like those on the north
elevation. A single two-over-two window is centered beneath the gable. A new
hipped-roof porch shelters much of the center section of the rear
elevation. It appears that the rear elevation once featured a
recessed porch that was infilled to form bathrooms. A multi-hipped
wing was added to the rear elevation in 2007, and it obscures the south
portion of the original rear elevation. The new construction features
a small gable above a cut-away bay.
Portion of rear elevation
Bedroom wing added to rear of the house
The Sustare House features three decoratively corbelled
internal chimneys. Each chimneys is centered over one of the forward
Significant portions of the interior of
the Sustare House have retained a high degree of integrity. The
workmanship exhibited by the interior woodwork is exemplary. The five
rooms that compose the principal section of the house have retained an
impressive amount of the original woodwork. The principal section of
the house is bisected by a hallway that runs the depth of the house.
The hallway's ceiling and walls are covered with beaded boards. Boards on the wall
are set vertically below a moulded chair rail, and horizontal above the
rail. The six doorways that open onto the hallway are trimmed with
moulded boards butted into rosette blocks at the upper corners, and into
starter blocks also decorated with rosette at the floor. The walls are
topped with simple moulded crown and the original pine floors are topped
with wide quarter-round where they meet the walls. Interior doors have
retained the original cast iron box locks and pressed steel knobs.
Hallway looking to the
To the north of the hallway are two
bedrooms. The front bedroom features a beaded-board ceiling and
vertical beaded boards below a moulded chair rail. Above the chair
rail, the wall is sheathed with plain tongue-and-groove boards. The mantle
features rosette starter blocks supporting a shelf. The rear bedroom
has no chair rail and no beaded boards on the walls. The mantle in the
back bedroom features sawn trim and rosette blocks and starter block,
suggesting the the mantles were made by the builder using off-the-shelf
millwork items. Both rooms feature moulded wood and rosette block trim
around the doors and windows.
North rear bedroom
The front room to the south of the
hallway contains the cut-away bay, and originally served as a parlor.
The tall mantle features ripped turned spindles, scroll saw trim, rosettes and
moulded trim. In this room narrow moulded boards
with a convex profile, like the siding used on the front porch, covers the
walls below a moulded chair rail, with beaded boards above. The
original floor has been replaced with similar pine flooring.
South rear bedroom
The back room to the south of the
hallway, like all of the bedrooms, features two closets, one set on either
side of the internal chimney. All of the bedrooms feature five panel
doors. The mantle in this room features pendant-design sawn
trim. A wall between this bedroom and the original dining room has
been largely removed, replaced by a cased opening.
Detail showing cased openings
The dining room features a built-in china
cabinet. The cabinet is either original to the house or an early
addition. The room features a relatively simple mantle with moulded
trim and rosettes. The brick hearth was recently rebuilt. A second
cased opening was added to the rear of the room and open onto what
originally was a rear porch. The walls are covered with tongue and
groove boards. The floor is original. Portions of trim from an
original window opening is still extant in the rear wall.
The kitchen was expanded in the middle
part of the Twentieth Century and again in 2007, but many of the
historic architectural elements remained in place, including a short
six-panel closet door, and a mantle with moulded trim and rosettes similar
to the mantle in the dining room. The room has a new pine floor, and
boxed beams in the ceiling indicate the locations of the original exterior
walls. A large bedroom wing was added to the house to the rear of the
Despite the additions and changes made to
the house, most of the interior woodwork has survived and well conveys the
historic character and design of the house.
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