Lake Norman & Mooresville

Mooresville tour to show 8 historic homes

Eight homes are featured on this weekend's Historic Tour of Homes, organized by the Mooresville Historic Preservation Commission.

"It's no coincidence that most of these homes are within walking distance to Mooresville's thriving downtown," said commission chairman Brent Zande. "What better way to celebrate the town's success than to spotlight the individuals who have continued the historical legacy of the homes and support the continued growth of our downtown?"

The Historic Preservation Commission advises the town's Board of Commissioners with regard to older and historic buildings and landmarks. Its goal is to protect Mooresville's heritage by safeguarding and preserving Mooresville's history.

This year, money raised from ticket sales will go toward funding the Historic Preservation Commission, which has applied for legal not-for-profit status.

Here are descriptions of the buildings on the tour:

The Pharr Home - 501 E. Center Ave.

Three years ago, Barbara Stout became only the third owner of this home, built in 1921 by the Pharr family. Stout said Mrs. Pharr was well-known at the ladies' tea room in downtown Mooresville. Stout liked the uniqueness of the home and put a lot of time and effort into revitalizing it. She said it "needed someone to love it."

The Barger Family Home - 428 E. Center Ave.

Rich and Brenda Hawkins bought this bungalow-style home in 1994. It was built in 1922 by the Barger brothers, who owned and operated a construction company that is still in business. The house consisted of the main building and three outbuildings, one of which the Hawkinses believe to have been a laundry. The property also contains a fish pond that's a self-sustaining ecosystem. Brenda Hawkins believes it has been there since the home was built.

The C.J. Stephens Home - 322 E. Center Ave.

Purchased in 1991 by Hugh and Connie Sykes, this Victorian-style home was built in 1910 by C.J. and Olean Stephens. The Sykeses affectionately refer to their home as "this old house." They began restoring the home one room at a time and have done most of the work themselves. The Sykeses' favorite feature of their home is the wraparound porch and the antiques that fill it.

The former Charles Mack Home - 313 E. Center Ave.

Wayne and Trudy Barker own the former Charles Mack home, named after longtime resident Charles Mack, whose namesake is also Mooresville's citizen center. The home was built in 1912 as an Arts-and-Crafts-style bungalow. The Barkers bought the home in 2003 and loved the large rooms, basement, glass doorknobs and French doors. As with most homes approaching 100 years of age, their biggest challenge is the desire and need to remodel.

The Gold Medallion Home - 360 Glenwood Drive.

In 2009, Micah and Elizabeth Scrogginthorpe bought this 1950s home in the Ardmoor subdivision of Mooresville. After their purchase, the Scrogginthorpes noticed a small gold medallion embedded in the sidewalk in front. Curious, Micah searched the Internet and found that the gold medallion was put there to signify the designation of the house as an all-electric home and that theirs was the first all-electric home in Mooresville. A home with the "all-electric" designation meant that the home featured conveniences such as a washer and dryer, air conditioning and a heat pump - appliances that are commonplace today.

The Herbert A. Birdsall Home - 346 W. Center Ave.

In December 2010, Debbie Johnson bought this home, which was constructed in 1926. After extensive renovation, she was able to move in in April. She calls her house a mixture of modern and old-fashioned traits. The doors still have their original hardware. The woodwork inside the house is original.

The William P. Johnston Home - 256 S. Academy St.

Palmer Holt, who bought this home in 2001, describes it as "really a piece of art, even with nothing in it. It's a really incredible architectural piece." The home is considered Mediterranean Revival style and is 2,000 square feet, with hard-coat stucco on the outside. Among its many features, the home has a barrel tile roof, 18 arches throughout the house, 12-foot ceilings and original sconces and light fixtures.

The Zebulon Turlington Home - 351 W. Center Ave.

This Folk Victorian home was built in 1906 by Zebulon Turlington, a Mooresville lawyer. Dave and Kelly Sopp bought it in 2006 and quickly settled into the five-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home. One of the best features of the home is the grand staircase. Kelly Sopp said the simplicity of the house is what makes it so elegant. When the Sopps bought it, the home was covered in aluminum siding, which they removed.