African American Resources
200 – 300 block
Grier Heights -
Charlotte MK 2341
Significance: Orange St along with Skyland Ave. contains the oldest homes
in the traditionally African American Grier Heights Neighborhood, with
buildings from the early and middle years of the 20th century.
Contributing, Ca. 1927. House. Hipped-roof, one-story house with engaged
front porch. The house is covered with German siding and has exposed rafter
ends. The brick foundation piers have been infilled with brick and two
interior chimneys pierce the roof. The north section of the porch has been
enclosed, but it appears that the original front elevation fenestration was
three-bays wide and asymmetrical. The front elevation features paired
original four-over-one windows, and a prominent gabled dormer. Large square
posts rest on a wooden porch floor. The house is two-bays deep. The south
elevation features two four-over-one windows protected by aluminum awnings.
On the north elevation the windows have been replaced. The enclosed section
of the porch contains one of the house’s original four-over-one windows.
Contributing, Ca. 1930. House converted into apartments. Front-gabled, one
and one-half story house with hipped-roof front porch. The house was built
on brick piers, now infilled with brick. Front elevation fenestration and
placement of the half-height tapered posts is asymmetrical. Front elevation
features paired four-over-one windows on both sides of the front door, and
in the prominent gable a four-over-one window is bordered by two
three-over-one’s. The house is covered with German siding, and features
exposed rafter ends and eave brackets. The south elevation features a large
single-shouldered brick chimney with a yellow brick accent, flanked by small
windows. A large gable dormer contains two four-over-one windows. The
first bay in the north elevation contained paired four-over-one windows, one
of which is now covered with siding. The second bay contains paired
windows, and in the third bay, a single window. A brick flue is centered
between the windows of a large dormer, and a second flue is attached near
the rear of the north elevation. There is an engaged rear porch supported
by a tapered post. A second front door and rear exterior stairs have been
added. There is a frame shed behind the house.
Contributing, Ca. 1930. House. Hipped-roof one-story house with engaged
front porch. Front elevation fenestration is asymmetrical, with a
replacement door set between two sets of paired replacement double-hungs.
The porch is supported by tapered posts, on stuccoed brick piers, which
align with the fenestration. A small gable containing a louvered vent is
centered over the porch. The house is two bays deep. On the north
elevation paired replacement windows fill the bays, and a second vented
gable is centered over the first bay. On the south elevation, paired
windows fill the first bay, and a single window fills the rear bay. The
foundation is stuccoed, and the house is covered with vinyl. A metal
shed-roof carport sits in the fenced backyard.