Commonwealth Architects provided architectural and interior architectural services for Bank of America’s Banking Center in Graham, NC, a former Victorian residence that is near and dear to the community. After experiencing water infiltration problems, Commonwealth Architects was contracted to document the existing conditions, analyze the problems and propose recommendations for repairs and rehabilitation. The work helps to preserve the Second Empire Style structure with its 14 foot ceilings, plaster medallions and cornices and elaborate wainscoting that displays fine period craftsmanship.
The project was completed according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and received historic investment tax credits. The house is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Prior to its adaptive reuse as a banking center, “Elmhurst,” the home of Captain James N. Williamson and Mary Holt Williamson constructed in 1878, “set the style for upper-class dwellings in the area for decades.” As the residence of a successful textile businessman, Capt. Williamson’s home is a reflection of the importance of the 19th century mill and textile industry for the town, county and broader region.