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Posted on: April 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Historic Resources Commission Considering Historic Status for Gray House at Brookberry

The Historic Resources Commission is soliciting public comments on a proposal to nominate to the National Register of Historic Places the Elizabeth and Bowman Gray Jr. house at Brookberry Farm.

Comments will be accepted when the commission considers the nomination during its meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in the City Hall Council Chamber, 101 N. Main Street. Masks must be worn inside City Hall.

The house sits on 11.4 acres that were originally part of the Gray family’s 795-acre beef and dairy cattle farm in western Forsyth County. Most of the farm today is the Brookberry Farm subdivision off Meadowlark Drive.

The white-washed brick, Georgian Revival house was built in 1950 and consists of a central section with two asymmetrical wings. Architect William Roy Wallace modeled the house on colonial Tidewater plantations and the rambling character of Gray’s parents’ home, Graylyn. The interior retains many original features including a mantel, gold-plated bathroom fixtures, and an antique American commode and mirror that were removed from Graylyn in the late 1940s.

The Elizabeth and Bowman Gray Jr. House at Brookberry Farm is being nominated to the National Register for its architecture. It is an intact and locally significant example of a Wallace-designed Georgian Revival dwelling. The Gray House is notable among Wallace’s work for its size and finely executed classical features. The landscape conveys the historic character of a country estate.

To read the National Register nomination form, go to CityofWS.org/HRC and click on the National Register Nominations link.


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