A home dating to 1881 in the Historic District of Wilmington, North Carolina, is set to be auctioned off next month, with bids starting at $750,000.
Known as the Honnet House, it is listed for $1.9 million by agent Lynne Boney of Intracoastal Realty. Online bidding begins Oct. 10, and the house is being sold along with the wooded lot behind it, according to Interluxe Auctions, which is handling the sale.
“The historic Honnet House that overlooks the Cape Fear River was built in 1881 for the area’s prominent jeweler and watchmaker,” Stacy Kirk of Interluxe said in an email. “This luxurious home with grand rooms remained in the family until after World War II.”
A local landmark, the Italianate residence is “known for its enormous ionic columns and expansive porches,” according to Preservation North Carolina’s website. Images of the home have been used to promote the district, as well as Benjamin Moore Paints, which featured its facade as the cover photo for a 1980s-era brochure promoting a line of historic paint.
The home features 12-foot ceilings, custom moldings and millwork, ornate fireplaces and crystal chandeliers throughout, according to the listing. In addition, the foyer features a pier mirror—also known as pier glass, which is designed to fit between two windows—ordered by Honnet himself.
It also has one of the grandest staircases in the historic district, according to Richard Leatherman. His mother and stepfather, who died earlier this year, bought the home in 1985 for $195,000, records with PropertyShark show.
“People refer to it as the ‘Gone With the Wind’ hallway,” said Mr. Leatherman, who is in the renovation business and helped hang the historic wallpapers chosen by his mother and an interior designer in the late 1980s. “It’s a really nice expanse when you first walk in.”
The home also has front and back parlors, a dining room with a recessed niche for a buffet, a living room with a fireplace and a kitchen and breakfast room, according to the listing.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, with the primary bedroom suite offering a fireplace and covered balcony overlooking the river. A spot under a window in the upper hallway makes for a perfect office nook, also with river views.
There are also glass pocket doors throughout the residence, which can be closed for privacy or left open, which creates “great flow from room to room” and gives it a more modern feel, Mr. Leatherman added.
“I can’t tell you how many parties they had there, with 100 to 150 people,” he said. “Every porch on that house has a door to the inside—some have two or three.”
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