Jean Kell and 1997 Survey Descriptions of the Home

  • In her 1980 book, The Old Port Town - Beaufort, North Carolina, Jean Bruyere Kell described this home: The Belcher Fuller House circa 1851 was built in the Greek Revival style with many features from the works of Asher Benjamin, whose books The Architect or Practical House Carpenter of 1847 and his Practice of Architecture, seemed to have been used frequently by builders in Beaufort shortly after their publication in New England. The plain baseboards, aprons under the windows and the mantels are all from plates in these books. During the last War, with the advent of Cherry Point and the need for housing, this and many other houses in Beaufort were made into apartments, but all the changes did not destroy the high ceilings wide heart-pine floors and other features that indicate the age of the house. 
  • The 1997 Architectural Survey of Beaufort described the home: 2-story, 5-bay, Greek Revival house with low hipped roof, high foundation and pedimented 2-story entrance porch with Doric posts, turned balustrade and replacement front door. House has plain siding, 9/6 and 6/6 sash. The center-hall plan interior retains simple vernacular Greek Revival finish, including a mantel from Asher Benjamin pattern books. (Wrenn file)