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Property Name Lowe Robert Chester and Elsie H. House
Reference Number 13000226
State North Carolina
County Avery
Town Elk
Street Address 1010 Shawneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk, NC
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 05/01/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The 1949 Robert Chester and Elsie H. Lowe House meets National Register Criterion C for architecture as a Minimal Traditional-style house, built of local materials and exhibiting a high level of craftsmanship, which showcases the work of local designer Charles F. Whitesell, and local stonemasons Larry Draughon and Lawrence Ramsey. The house is an excellent and intact example of the Minimal Traditional style, including notable stonework and carpentry. It embodies the distinctive characteristics of the style within the context of Banner Elk in Avery County, North Carolina, including its stone exterior, the asymmetrical form, the gable roof with projecting front gable, prominent chimneys with a Tudor Revival/Period Cottage influence, a one-and-one-half-story height, and multi-light double-hung window sash. The period of significance is 1949, the date of construction.


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