Winston-Salem historic house gets 90 days for repairs – or else

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This house at 66 West End Boulevard in Winston-Salem was damaged in a fire in 2014 and could be demolished within 90 days unless some basic repairs are made. (David Rolfe/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A historic house at 66 West End Boulevard will be torn down in 90 days unless someone steps forward to buy the property or make some basic repairs.

The Winston-Salem City Council voted on Monday to demolish the house that historians link to Reynolda House because of its architectural features.

The house was built in 1917 and was once the home of E. Wright Noble, a department manager at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

In later years it has fallen on hard times: A fire in 2006 led to orders to vacate or repair the house, and new owners who took over in 2009 have not brought the house up to code.

Council Member Jeff MacIntosh, who is active in historic preservation, said he thinks enough basic repairs could be done to the house for $15,000 to $25,000 to bring it into compliance with housing codes and avoid the wrecking ball.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal