The Page-Walker Hotel was built around 1868 by Allison Francis (Frank) Page, founder of the town of Cary and a leader in the North Carolina lumber and rail industry, to accommodate railroad passengers on the North Carolina and Chatham railroads. Frank Page was also the father of Walter Hines Page, ambassador to Great Britain during World War I and a vocal advocate for public school reform in North Carolina. Page’s other children also went on to become prominent businessmen in North Carolina. The Page-Walker Hotel is the only building remaining in Cary that is associated with the Page family. The Page-Walker Hotel is the only example of Second Empire-style architecture in Cary. The two-and-a-half story rectangular building is constructed of handmade red brick laid in 4:1 common bond with lime mortar joints. It has a steep, straight-sided Mansard roof with ten pedimented dormer windows that have decorative wooden surrounds. There are several chimney stacks, enhanced by recessed panels and corbelled caps. Decorative brackets support the roof overhang. The six-bay principal façade is dominated by six full-size wooden posts which support a balcony. The internal layout is surprisingly intact given its change in usage over time from a hotel to an apartment building/boarding house to a single-family dwelling to its current use as an arts and history center owned by the Town of Cary.

This is 1 of 5 drawing of downtown Cary that will be for sale at Lazy Daze, August 27, 9-5, booth A37.

Brenda Priest
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