Merrimon-Wynne House, Raleigh NC | Historic Houses

I have had a slightly abnormal obsession with the Merrimon-Wynne House ever since I spotted the "for sale" sign in front of it a while ago. If only I had a million or so dollars laying around, this beaut would have been mine! It is easy to see why I love this house. From the dapper black double front doors, ornate trim work around the multitude of porches, to the killer lot on an ideal location. Le sigh. I am so happy that someone else fell in love with this handsome home! Jodi and John Strenkowski purchased the house and fully renovated it to serve as a lovely wedding venue. Raleigh brides, be sure to check this one out on your venue search!

Here is the history on the home from the Merrimon-Wynne House's website: "The Merrimon-Wynne House was built in 1876 as the centerpiece of a park-like setting on N. Wilmington Street for Augustus S. Merrimon, a prominent Raleigh jurist.  At the time of his death in 1892, he was Chief Justice of North Carolina’s Supreme Court.  In 1899 Lula B. and A.F. Page (of the Wake County Pages) purchased the property from The Merrimon estate.  Soon after, her husband died, and Lula married J.S. Wynne, of Raleigh.  Twenty years later, in 1919, the Wynnes deeded the house to Peace College, and thereafter it became known as β€œWynne Hall.”  It served its first stint as a dormitory from then until 1934."

All of the below photos were taken by Tim Willoughby Photography via Southern Bride and Groom.

EB Loves Old Houses | Merrimon-Wynne House
EB Loves Old Houses | Merrimon-Wynne House
EB Loves Old Houses | Merrimon-Wynne House
EB Loves Old Houses | Merrimon-Wynne House
EB Loves Old Houses | Merrimon-Wynne House

The Borden Building, Raleigh NC | Historic Houses

If you are in the Raleigh area and haven't checked out Fred Fletcher Park yet, please pack up your kids and/or dog and head over there the next nice weekend. In my opinion, it is one of the prettiest landscaped public parks in the city and has lots of fun, family-friendly activities. Since Fletcher Park used to basically be my and Brian's backyard, we took a leisurely walk with Lola through the paths pretty much daily. Tucked away in this pretty little park is the Borden Building. This stately house was built in 1900 and was home to the superintendent of the Methodist Orphanage. Later on, this house was a home for dozens of children over the years. In 1992, the house was renovated by the city and is now available as a rental for weddings and events. The handsome brick exterior paired with crisp white columns and trim make this house so lovely. I can only image the view the homeowners used to have back in the day looking over the undeveloped area of what is now downtown Raleigh!

EB Loves Old Houses | The Borden Building, Raleigh NC
EB Loves Old Houses | The Borden Building, Raleigh NC
EB Loves Old Houses | The Borden Building, Raleigh NC

The Tucker House, Raleigh NC | Historic Houses

As many know, the Tucker House in Raleigh holds a special place in my heart as this is where Brian and I had our wedding reception! I fell in love with the Neo-Classical Revival architecture - those stately columns, the romantic balcony, and a sprawling mahogany staircase.

EB Loves Old Houses | The Tucker House Raleigh

Built in 1915, this house belonged to Garland Scott Tucker (what a cool name!), his wife Toler Moore, and their four children. While the house was damaged by a fire in the 1930s, the original floor plan included a reception hall, library, radio room, telephone room and dining room downstairs, as well as the kitchen, bathroom and a butler's pantry.

EB Loves Old Houses | The Tucker House Raleigh

Look at the details in these columns! So pretty!

EB Loves Old Houses | The Tucker House Raleigh