Winston-Salem home nearing century mark gets makeover
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — There are some two dozen granite steps that wind their way up the hill to the front door of Karen and Nils Gerber’s Colonial Revival style home, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
That’s as it should be. It’s the West End, after all. The district has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. The Gerber home, along with eight other locations, was on the West End Neighborhood Association’s biennial holiday tour last month.
In 1880, Jacob Lott Ludlow drew up plans for the area that was then the west end of the town known as Winston. Winston-Salem was created in 1913 with the merger of Winston and Salem.
Ludlow worked with the hilly landscape and planned for parks and homes built around natural topography. Hence, the curving streets, the terraced front and back yards, the odd shaped lots and homes like the Gerber’s built on hills.