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Tucker House likely to be Raleigh’s newest historic landmark

The Garland Scott and Toler Moore Tucker House is up for designation as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.
The Garland Scott and Toler Moore Tucker House is up for designation as a Raleigh Historic Landmark. sbarr@newsobserver.com

The Tucker House, known for its towering columns and wide white porches, likely will land on a list of the city’s historic landmarks in the coming weeks.

The house, officially the Garland Scott & Toler Moore Tucker House, already sits on North Person Street in the city’s Oakwood historic district.

An individual landmark designation would give the house a little extra something, said Tania Tully, a preservation planner with the city.

“Sometimes the designation is not just to protect it but to call it out and really honor it,” she said.

The Tucker House used to be a city landmark but lost the designation when it moved one block east, from North Blount Street to North Person Street, in 1974. The house still is eligible to be a landmark despite the move, so the new designation will assure its status.

The Southern Colonial architecture of the Tucker House is what really sets it apart in a district filled with grand, old homes, Tully said.

Among its most notable features is the double-height porch with four fluted columns.

There are few examples left in Raleigh of the Southern Colonial style, which was popular in the city and across the state in the late 1800s through the early 20th century.

The idea was to evoke the grandeur of antebellum houses and was more a “nostalgic recollection than an academic reproduction of historical style,” according to the landmark application.

The city owns the house and uses it as an event center for meetings, weddings and other parties.

Jackie Twisdale, caretaker of Tucker House, said the house’s appearance is part of people’s attraction to the house.

“I think that's why most of them call, because it is an historic home,” she said.

There are 157 historic landmarks scattered across the city, with about four to six new properties designated each year. The most recent property to be added to the list was the Atwater-Perry House on East Hargett Street downtown.

That designation recognized William A. Perry as an early black mail carrier in Raleigh, the house’s continuous ownership by the same family for nearly a century and its status as an example of middle-class African-American vernacular residential architecture, according to the city.

After a public hearing on the Tucker House landmark designation earlier this month, the Raleigh Historic Development Commission is expected to formally recommend the house to the city council Tuesday.

The council could consider the recommendation as early as Dec. 2.