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The J. Wilson Alexander Farm Tenant House

 

1.  Name of Property if any: J. Wilson Alexander Farm Tenant House

 

2.  Street Address, including City and Zip Code:

18324 West Catawba Avenue

Cornelius, NC 28031

 

3.  Date added to Study list:  11/11/2002

4.  Tax Parcel Number of Property: 

 

5.  Owner of Property:  E.H. Alexander Ltd. Partnership

 

6.  Current Owner's Contact Information: 

128 Alexander Place Lane

Mooresville, NC 28115

 

7.  Period or Date of Construction:  1900

 

8.  Source of Information for #7: Mecklenburg County Tax Records

 

9.  Present use of Property:  j

a. Agricultural, b. Commercial, c. Educational, d. Entertainment, e. Government, f. Industrial, g. Military, h. Museum, i. Park, j. Private Residence, k. Religious, I. Other

 

10.  Architectural Style:  Tenant House

 

11.  Architectural Significance:  b

a. Outstanding, b. Excellent, c. Notable, d. Commonplace

 

12.  Map Showing Location of Property:

       

 

13.  Paragraph Briefly Summarizing Known History Of The Property:

 

The Hall and Parlor form was also popular with Mecklenburg’s farmers. However, most of what was rural at the turn of the century has now been either incorporated into the City of Charlotte, or into the sprawling development around the city and the county’s towns. The hall-and-parlor Rich Hatchet House (MK 2290) is perhaps the only surviving 19th century black-owned farmhouse in the county.

The hall-and-parlor form also appears to have been favored in the construction of Mecklenburg’s late 19th century tenant houses. The board-and-batten sided White Farm Tenant House (MK 2277) and the dilapidated board-and-batten sided Caldwell Farm Tenant House (MK 2279) are both hall-and-parlor form houses. These simple two-room houses, each with a single fireplace on one of the gabled sides, are truly basic, utilitarian examples of this traditional folk housing form.

The Alexander Farm Tenant House (MK 2293) shares the three-bay wide, one-room deep characteristics of the hall-and-parlor form, but this small frame turn-of-the–century tenant house has only one front room, and appears to have been expanded with a rear shed addition.