219 Broad St W, Wilson, NC 27893
$79,900 ~ Sold
Save this old house. Exterior – beautiful. Interior is a fixer upper.
Known as the Oettinger House, this Greek Revival cottage was the home of Elmer and Pearl Oettinger, immigrants from Germany who owned the Oettinger Department Store in Wilson. After the birth of their third child, the couple moved to a bigger house across town. When Elmer passed away, however, Pearl moved back into this home to live out her golden years.
Sometime during the 1920s, the family broke up the house into three apartments including a walk-out basement unit. They called the building Joelda Terrace.
Beginning in the 1980s, the house sat empty for over 20 years before it was purchased in 2010 by Percy and Veronica Kelley. By this time it was in dilapidated condition. The Kelleys, however, were pros at restoration, restoring over 40 buildings in the southeast over the years. They repaired the roof and rebuilt the deteriorated floors.
I was unable to find out what happened to the house after this point. Apparently, the Kelleys restored the exterior, but the interior sure does not appear to have been touched much.
Why Save It?
In 2010, This Old House magazine called the Oettinger House an “architectural knockout.” Especially impressive is the huge gabled pediment supported by paired Ionic columns. I am not sure if the house still contains certain original elements reported in that article, but back then the home had six original mantels, six-panel doors and the butler’s pantry seen below with glass-front doors and a beadboard backsplash.
Save this old house. Want to be a part of the excitement and revitalization of Historic Downtown Wilson? This is your chance! The gorgeous Oettinger House is available and ready for you to renovate into a single family home, multi-family or office/professional space. So many possibilities!