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Craftsman-style home in Edneyville added to National Register

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The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has added Otto King House in Edneyville to the National Register of Historic Places.

Designed and built in 1950 by its namesake, the Otto King House is significant as an excellent, intact example of Craftsman-style architecture in Henderson County. Although a late expression of the style, the house displays such characteristic features as the irregular floor plan, randomly coursed river rock exterior and projecting gable brackets.

The house was constructed according to plans drawn by King, who worked with local stonemason Raymond Rolphy Davis to complete the interior and the exterior masonry, which retains its original painted grapevine mortar joints.

The 10.58-acre property also includes three outbuildings, a garage, smokehouse, a barn and an equipment shed, according to the nomination by Sybil Argintar, a historic properties specialist from Asheville.

A carpenter, Otto King built the house for himself and his wife, Zura Pace, after the couple bought the property in 1949.  The craftsman-style home is made of river rock with grapevine mortar detail, with two stone chimneys, three vertical over one doule sash windows with stone sills. King also built the garage and smokehouse in 1953 and the barn in 1955.