Historic Crabtree Jones House Project Supported by Meredith Interior Design Students

This week, Preservation North Carolina will hold an open house for the Crabtree Jones House, which is considered the oldest home still in residential use in Raleigh. They turned to students in Meredith’s interior design program to show potential buyers how the home could be used.

The Crabtree Jones House is a Federal-style house dating from the late 18th or early 19th century. It was relocated to its current location in February 2014, and is available for sale by Preservation NC.

Three teams of Meredith students in the Spring 2014 sophomore studio class taught by Professor of Interior Design Ellen Goode created updated floor plans and design ideas for the house. The student teams researched the home’s history and were mindful of maintaining its historical integrity while blending the kind of modern design elements desired by potential buyers.

The Meredith students’ work is being used to help market the property. The student plans are included on Preservation NC’s site and will be displayed at events such as the open house. 

“While the Crabtree Jones House is quite large at close to 3,500 square feet, it has had some additions over the years and may present a challenge to potential buyers as they try to envision using the space for their needs,” said Lauren Werner, Preservation NC’s director of education outreach.  “The work done by this talented group of students helps folks see what great potential this beautiful, historic space has.”

Preservation NC has previously worked on design projects with Meredith College, which has the only CIDA-accredited interior design program in the Triangle area.

“We turned to Meredith for help with this project because we have successfully partnered with Meredith in the past, and wanted to expose a group of young people with an interest in design to the world of historic preservation,” Werner said.  “We couldn’t be more pleased with the result, and would love to partner with Meredith College again in the future.”

The Preservation NC will hold open house for the Crabtree Jones house on Thursday, July 31 from 5-8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 3 from 1-4 p.m.

Melyssa Allen

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