Our lovely neighborhood of Fulton Heights came into existence in 1902 when the Southern Development Company bought nearly 100 acres in south Salisbury and subdi- vided it for sale. Roughly bounded by Fulton Street, Heilig Avenue, Ridge Avenue and Boyden Street, it was a highly desirable residential community on the outskirts of Salis- bury with all the modern amenities – waterworks, sewer, electricity and long distance telephone service by Southern Bell!
In 1999, Fulton Heights was put on the Register of Historic Places to assist in preserving and maintaining the architectural examples of the neighborhood ranging in age from 1906 through the 1940’s. It consists of over 500 significant structures. This diverse neighborhood includes a few late Victorian Queen Anne houses and most prominently features Colonial, Dutch Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Tudor Revival, Prairie School and Craftsman style residences ranging in size from modest cottages and bun- galows to more stately homes. Gothic and Neo-Classical Revival styles are also represented in the institutional landmarks in the District. These are some of the “specs” that qualify Fulton Heights as a Historic District. For our residents, it is a friendly neighborhood that is constantly growing and changing yet retaining the charm and elegance of a time gone by.
Every structure in Fulton Heights is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) proposal which documents the various architectural styles. How much do you know about the architecture in your neighborhood, on your block, or of your own home? Take a spin around Fulton Heights and try your luck at guessing which houses are described below, as they were in the National Register. Some are easy – some may be a little tricky! Answers are on page 9 of The Avenews…
200 Block of Mitchell – two and a half story frame Queen Anne covered with pebble-dash at the first level and capped with a high hipped roof with gabled dormers, a projecting ell and conical roofed tower (c.1906)
100 Block of Heilig – one-story frame Queen Anne cottage exhibiting details of the Victorian era with a high hipped roof and intersecting side and front “crossed gables” (c.1925)
700 Block of Maupin – two-story frame bold Craftsman bungalow with a front gable main block, multiple projecting gable bays on facade, eave brackets, porch with stone columns and exterior stone chimney (c. 1927)
100 Block of Ridge – two-story side-gabled frame house flanked with end chimneys with continuous shed dormer and large gabled entry stoop exhibiting Craftsman influence in the windows and gabled porch with columns set on stone piers (c.1911-1921)
200 Block of Elm – heavily altered side-gabled frame house that was originally one story and now has a second story addition (c.1925)
600 Block of Wiley – two-story hipped brick Colonial Revival house with gabled entry stoop and portecochere supported by heavy brick columns, decorative limestone accents at windows, and 6/1 light windows (c. 1930-1935)
400 Block of Mitchell – one and a half story side-gabled brick Tudoresque cottage with multi-level front gables, including a cor- ner porch with segmental arches, twin lower-level gables feature arched windows, diamond tile accents flanking a broad, chim- ney (c. 1932-1937)
100 Block of Wiley – lively rendition of the four-square brick/Prairie style home incorporating a low-pitched hipped roof and mul- tiple projecting gables, front gabled porch supported by robust bungaloid columns, main roof eaves with exposed rafters and brackets (c. 1925)
300 Block of Maupin – one and a half story side-gabled frame bungalow, paired windows, engaged porch, slender square col- umns on brick piers and a long central shed-roof dormer with inset roof porch (c. 1925)
1200 Block of Fulton – large two-story frame Queen Anne/Colonial Revival house with irregular massing under a hipped main block with cross gables; full-facade porch exhibits a turned balustrade between Doric columns (c. 1911-1912)
Source: National Historic Register Documentation for Fulton Heights, Rowan Public Library