The Ivey-Ellington-Waddell House is one of the few surviving examples in Wake County of the Gothic Revival style. Probably constructed in the early 1870s, the one-and a-half-story picturesque cottage features a steeply pitched roofline, seven gabled dormers, board-and batten exterior walls, and pointed-arch windows. Both its plan and elevations are symmetrical and it has distinctive detailing. This makes it very typical of Gothic Revival structures built at that time, though the style is rare in the county. It is arranged as a T-plan with a center hall and identical parlors in the front, and a wider stair hall and living room in the rear. The plan repeats on the second floor with three rooms accessed by a central hall. A shallow kitchen addition was added in the back in the 1950s, and a one-story living room and bathroom were added on the west side in the early 2000s. However, the building retains nearly all its original exterior finishes and the interior arrangement remains intact, with original floors, windows, and trim. During the 1890s the front yard of the house is said to have served as a campsite for people driving cattle from Chatham County to Raleigh. It has had several owners over the years, one of whom was H. H. Waddell, a prominent early 20th century figure in Cary. He was the first Fire Chief of the town and later served as its mayor.

This is 2 of 5 drawing of downtown Cary that will be for sale at Lazy Daze, August 27, 9-5, booth A37.

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