Filed Under African American

Willis Graves House

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.

Date: Between 1884 and 1891

Images

Willis Graves House, 2009 Image courtesy of A. Neifeld, Capital City Camera Club.
Willis Graves House, 2009 Transom. Image courtesy of A. Neifledl, Capital City Camera Club.
Willis Graves House, 2006 Image courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives.
Willis Graves House, 2006 Image courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives.
Willis Graves House, 1980 Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission.

Location

802 Oberlin Road

Metadata

RHDC, “Willis Graves House,” Raleigh Historic, accessed February 5, 2023, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/57.