MAK Home - 205 Adams

205 Adams, constructed as early as 1910, was the first house built on Adams Street and is reportedly one of Wilburn’s first home designs.  The design of this home was later published in Southern Homes and Bungalows with a few interior modifications, including the addition of a built-in china cabinet in the dining room and pocket doors to the dining room, where 205 Adams has original French doors.

The published design also provides for an upstairs bathroom, but apparently, at the time of its construction, 205 Adams did not have running water.  In 1935, modern bathrooms were added to the first and second floors of the home replacing the back porch, which apparently spanned two stories.

The home has undergone many changes through the decades, most notably when, like many houses on Adams, it was converted into a duplex in the mid-20th century.  At that time, drastic changes were made in the arrangement of the central stair, and interior walls were constructed to separate the living spaces.

Since 1985, the current owners substantially restored the home’s original design and updated it for a more modern living.  Foremost, the support and flooring of the main floor was repaired and replaced because of extensive termite damage.  Also, the current owners refurbished the original fireplaces and repaired the home’s plaster.  Additionally, the central stair was restored to what is believed to be its original configuration.  Finally, the house has been expanded to provide space for a modern kitchen on the main floor and master suite on the 2nd floor. 

During the most recent work the current owners had moldings cut by Randall Brothers to match the home’s original woodwork and added heart-of-pine flooring to the main floor to match the home’s original interior. 

Plan: Southern Homes and Bungalows, page 36, plan #622

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