William Henley Deitrick House

William Henley Deitrick, a prolific Raleigh architect, led the city’s largest firm during the building boom of the mid-twentieth century. His work embraces tradition and modernism, new builds as well as adaptive reuse and historic preservation. His 1936 house is one of Raleigh’s very best examples of the Georgian Revival style. It exhibits textbook Georgian details—symmetry, tracery, modillions, pediments—layered onto a floor plan fashioned for “modern” life. Tooled mortar joints, Flemish-bond brickwork, and cast-iron rosettes evidence impressive craftsmanship. Inside, a floating stair hugs a curved wall in the entrance hall, the unpainted birch rail echoing its serpentine line. Robust paneling and wainscot characterize public rooms, while modest Georgian detailing decorates private spaces upstairs.

Date: 1936


2501 Glenwood Avenue


RHDC, “William Henley Deitrick House,” Raleigh Historic, accessed May 30, 2024, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/202.