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The Ralph Johnson House

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1.  Name of Property if any: Ralph Johnson House


2.  Street Address, including City and Zip Code:

115 Mock Circle

Davidson, NC 28036



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

4.  Tax Parcel Number of Property:  00323407 


5.  Owner of Property:  Ralph & Bessie Johnson


6.  Current Owner's Contact Information: 

PO Box 794

Davidson, NC 28036


7.  Period or Date of Construction:  1924


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: 

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:


(1)   The Ralph Johnson House, originally built by Otho (“Tobe”) Johnson in 1924, was the home of his nephew, and longest-lasting resident,  Ralph W. Johnson.  Johnson was one of the most successful African-American businessmen in Davidson throughout the twentieth century and continues to be a benefactor to the town of Davidson and to Davidson College. 

(2)   The Ralph Johnson House features Eclectic architectural elements, primarily those of the Craftsman Bungalow style that were popular during the early twentieth century. 

(3)   The Ralph Johnson House, located approximately one-half mile from the center of center city Davidson, is now surrounded by low income and multifamily residential development on all sides.  Despite the home’s altered surroundings, the Ralph Johnson House still retains the physical integrity of a small town domicile.