The Nadal House

1007 Nash Street West
West Nash Historic District
Wilson, NC

Sales Price:  $99,900

Historic 2,244 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with formal dining room, 9′ 3″ ceilings and hardwood floors. Attached Porte Cochere and detached single-car garage. Wrap around porch/veranda. Sunporch and open floorplan with large eat-in kitchen. The house is located in the West Nash Historic District within a few steps from the desirable Cavalier neighborhood and walking/biking distance to the downtown commercial district. Permanent stairs to partially-finished attic not counted as livable space.

Partially renovated with a new roof using 30 year architectural shingles and new electric with underground wiring. Porte Cochere is scheduled for replacement in the coming weeks. As the house is not completely ready to move in yet, we will help you along the way with cost estimates for work still needed to be finished, Architectural blueprints, estimates and designer plans for kitchen and bath renovations and whatever else you might need.

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Welcome to the Nadal House located in the West Nash Historic District. Preservation of Wilson has completed much of the start-up work on this house prior to your purchase.  Our goal is to help you through the process easing the fear of a historic preservation rehabilitation project.  By the time you go to closing, you will have a time line and project plan ready to make this home unique to just you!

The plans we are providing are the existing floor plans for both downstairs and upstairs.  Keep in mind when the house sells the upstairs will not be counted as livable space, but it is far from that.  The possibilities are endless with these two bonus rooms and a third bath which could be renovated for the kids, office, craft room, additional storage or more.



If you are looking to make any interior changes to the existing floor plan, we can provide you with an Architect’s Proposed Renovation Floor Plan which offers suggestions to modernizes the existing floor plan to meet today’s buyers expectations. It enlarges the entrance to the kitchen to create a more open feel in the living area. It adds a door from the back hall to the kitchen to improve the general circulation in the house and it adds an island to the kitchen for more functionality. The drawings move the wall between the two bathrooms to increase the size of the smaller bathroom and to make it a private bath for the middle bedroom. This plan increases the livability of this house while respecting it’s style and character. To request a copy of this plan or for more information contact Preservation of Wilson at 252-234-7694 or

The front of the house contains handsome rustic Stick Style detail and is supported by massive granite pillars connected by a chain railing.  This railing continues along the south elevation connecting the pedestals of the uncovered terrace.  The same granite pillars support the Porte Cochere which has molded projecting rafters.  Completing the house’s rustic charm are stuccoed walls, King Post truss work, a massive granite chimney and central entrance door with battered casing which tapers inward toward the top of the door. The living room and dining room exhibit Arts and Crafts-style woodwork and finishes, while the bedrooms and hallway feature Colonial Revival-style woodwork.

General Residential – Medium Density: (GR6)
The General Residential-Medium Density District is a predominately residential district which has primarily single family detached housing on pedestrian friendly-streets within walking/biking distance from the downtown commercial district.

Wilson’s Center City has five Federal Historic Districts, and the Nadal House is located in the West Nash Historic District. This is also a Local District so one would need to contact the City of Wilson, Historic Preservation Office when doing any changes to the exterior of the property. But in this case, we have done the work for you and approval has been granted for the new roof and soon to be completed, Porte-cochere. Why are we helping? Because we are saving Wilson’s future by preserving its past.

The National Register has listed the Nadal House as a contributing structure in the West Nash Historic District located in Wilson, NC.  It was built in 1916 by contractor B. J. Boyles of Wilson.  The house is one of the finest of only a handful of Western Stick Style Bungalows built in Wilson.  Like several other bungalows, its use of granite for the porch and chimneys was done by Oliver Nestus Freeman (1882 – 1955).

The house was first owned by Ernest Fentress Nadal, an insurance agent.  The Nadals vacated the house by 1928 and it was sold in 1935 to William A. Weathersby, a Wilson County Sheriff during the late 1930s and early 1940s.  His widow, Vera Tomlinson Weathersby sold the house in 1960 to Charles C. Powell, a Trustee for Wilson County.  Lloyd and Marigold Chesson purchased the home in 1963 and owned and occupied it until their deaths. Additional deed research will be needed to determine why it was sold to a trustee and when and from whom the Chesson family purchased the house.

Perry Morrison, Jr., Preservation of Wilson Trustee and President of the Wilson County Historical Association, shared a bit of the history on the Nadal family. According to Morrison “E. M. Nadal, Sr. immigrated to North Carolina from Spain in the middle part of the nineteenth century. He and his children were very active in business, religious and social life of early Wilson.  The Nadal Drug Store at the intersection of Nash and Tarboro Streets was the epicenter of the community.  The home that the Nadal family built at 1007 Nash Street is part of their rich legacy, as well as a testament to their contemporary attitudes, being built in the Craftsman style, the height of architectural fashion in the early 1900s.”

Historic Downtown Wilson has three Western Stick Bungalows.  One is the Nadal House in the West Nash Historic District.  Another is on Nash Street, with the third on Rountree and each with their own use of granite for the massive pillars.

The Smith-Bishop House, 1301 West Nash Street in the West Nash Historic District
Circa 1918, this house was built for William E. Smith, the developer of this West End Park neighborhood.  In 1922, Smith sold the house to Asa Edward Bishop, the proprietor of the Carolina Laundry.

The Lawshe-Barkley House, 114 North Rountree Street, Old Wilson Historic District
The lot for this house was purchased in 1916 and the house was built soon thereafter for J. Linwood Lawshe, a hardwood floor dealer. In 1919 he sold the house to bookkeeper William T. and Annie (Deans) Barkley.

Twin House in Eureka, NC
The fourth Western Stick Bungalow has connections with the Nadal House. According to the National Register, Ernest F. Nadal’s son, E. M. Nadal of Wilmington, recalled that the design of his father’s house was copied from the house of a friend of his father’s in Eureka.  We believe the house is located at 114 North Church Street in Eureka.

The house is very similar to the Nadal House, even with the Oliver Nestus Freeman stonework.  How interesting to know that most likely Freeman had very strong professional relationships with some of the best builders in the area. He apparently contributed his handsome roughcast stonework for foundations, porch posts, chimneys and fireplaces, carports, fences and outbuildings to many structures in and outside of Wilson County.


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