A Slice of History
A storied manse reigns over the
heart of the Winston-Salem
By Nancy Oakley
What’s the next best thing to living in Reynolda House, Katharine Reynolds’ estate designed by Charles Barton Keen? Why, living in another house of Keen’s design: the 1925 mansion of industrialist, U.S. Congressman and philanthropist Richard Thurmond Chatham and his wife, Lucy Hodgin Hanes Chatham. For the two scions of textile heavyweights — he, the grandson of Elkin-based Chatham Manufacturing Company co-founder Alexander Chatham, she, the daughter of John Wesley Hanes, who founded Shamrock Mills in 1901, which was renamed Hanes Hosiery Mills in 1914 — nothing less than a grand abode would do.
A far cry from the low-slung Bungalow-style Keen chose for Reynolda, the stuccoed, Classical Revival colossus at No. 112 North Stratford Road dominates Winston-Salem’s busy Five Points intersection from its 2.7-acre lot that some affectionately refer to as “lover’s lane.” At a sprawling 7,900–9,400-square-feet, the stately dwelling with its imposing façade, towering twin chimneys and hip roof, flared eaves and dormers garnered a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.
Imagine yourself descending its sweeping staircase, lounging about in one of its six bedrooms saturated with light from French doors and double-hung windows, or entertaining guests under the sparkle of the dining room’s elegant chandelier, if not on the sweeping lawn — as the Chathams doubtless must have done. So go ahead, heed the call of the lovely old place and become, not just its caretaker, but the next one to pick up, the, well, thread, of Winston-Salem’s illustrious history.
112 North Stratford Road, Winston-Salem
Asking price $ $1.45 million
Listed by Leonard Ryden Burr’s Molly Haus:
(336) 971-9084 or lrbrealestate.com