Willis Graves, an African American brick mason, built this two-and-a-half-story frame Queen Anne house soon after buying the land in 1884. The square corner turret and front bay window with roof pediment are placed on a basic I-house form. The house, with its wrap-around porch and stained-glass windows in shingled gables, was considered one of the most stylish residences built in the Oberlin community during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Mr. Graves, also a justice of the peace and leader in the Wilson A. M. E. Church, was one of Oberlin's most respected citizens. Private residence.

Photo by A. Neifeld, Capital City Camera Club
courtesy of Preservation North Carolina

802 Oberlin Road
Between 1884 and 1891
Queen Anne



Local/National Designations
Raleigh Historic Landmark
National Register of Historic Places


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