Enjoy browsing, but unless otherwise noted, these houses are private property and closed to the public -- so don't go tromping around uninvited!
CTRL-F to Search Within Page

NCModernist

DALLAS CARROLL ABEE, AIA (1910-2003)

Abee's father was Solomon Lafayette Abee who started in Hickory in 1935 as an architect. Abee was in the first graduating class of the old Hickory High School which became the Catawba Arts and Science Center. He earned a BS in Architectural Engineering from NCSU in 1931 and opened a solo office in 1935. During WWII, he worked for the Oak Ridge TN office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill. He was asked to go with them to New York but he decided to return to Hickory instead. He partnered with Aiji Tashiro in 1948 then went solo in 1952. Abee and Tashiro were the original architects for Lutheridge in Arden NC. In 1958 he partnered with James Elbert Biggs and went solo again in 1963.

Abee designed many buildings, including the Wildacres Conference Center near Little Switzerland NC. His son is architect Dallas Carroll Abee, Jr., who had George Matsumoto as a design instructor at NCSU. His advice to those starting out in the field of architecture, "Unless you really want to work long, hard hours, don't do it. You have to work hard to be successful in this business."


NCModernist

1941 - The Clinton Cilley House, 869 7th Street NW, Hickory NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Sold in 1989 to Suzanne H. and Robert T. Hambrick Jr. Sold in 2018 to Elizabeth P. and Harold W. Marvin III.


NCModernist

1941 - The John Springs House, 857 7th Street NW, Hickory NC. Traditional house built by MG Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Sold to Ralph and Elizabeth Gabriel. Sold in 2006 to Pamela and Jeffrey Hale. Sold in 2016 to Robin and Patrick Foster. Photo by Dallas Carroll Abee Jr.


NCModernist

1947 - The Hugh Boyer House, 824 7th Street NW, Hickory NC. Traditional house. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Sold in 2009 to Caroline and Paul E. Culpepper. Photo by Dallas Carroll Abee Jr.


NCModernist

1948 - The GA Flowers House, 518 1st Avenue NW, Hickory NC. Traditional house built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Sold to Elaine and Robert Hadley. Deeded in 2021 to the Hadleys' children. Photo by Dallas Carroll Abee Jr.


NCModernist

1949 - The A. C. Bovender Jr. House, 950 3rd Street NW, Hickory NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company.


NCModernist

1950 - The Perry Starnes House, 449 5th Avenue Place NE, Hickory NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Deeded in 2006 to Elizabeth A. Starnes, Jacob T. and Johnathan K. Crim, and Jane E. Cullens. Sold in 2008 to Monty W. and Susanne M. Matthews. Sold in 2010 to Blaire E. Cody III.


NCModernist

1952 - The McLaughlin Residence, Conover NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company.


NCModernist

1954 - The Jake H. Shuford Apartments, 1013 14th Avenue NW, Hickory NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Two buildings. Sold in 1973 to Don G. and Anne R. Hammersla, and C. B. and Reba M. Scott. Sold in 1977 to Grady M. and Gayle G. O'Neal. Destroyed in 1982 and replaced with the two buildings above.


NCModernist

Around 1955 - The Rick Spreagle House, 1432 6th Street NW, Hickory NC. Designed with James E. Biggs. Sold to Patti L. and Thomas R. Moore. Sold in 2021 to Joanna and Kirk Viola. Photo by Dallas Carroll Abee Jr.


NCModernist

1955 - The L. P. (Lee) Frans House, 1608 6th Street NW, Hickory NC. Traditional house built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Sold to Bill L. Whitener. Sold to Melvin Wayne Davis. Sold in 2016 to Ann D. and Thomas R. Dobbins. Photo by Dallas Carroll Abee Jr.


NCModernist

NCModernist

NCModernist

1957 - The J. Spurgeon and Beulah Abee Phillips House, 530 5th Avenue NE, Hickory NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Heirs deeded 3/4 interest in 1988 to Josephine P. Krimminger. Transferred in 2006 to the Krimminger Trust. Sold in 2013 to Emily S. and Ryan P. Carroll. Sold in 2020 to Thomas Cecil Smith.


NCModernist

1957 - The Burand McGinnis House, 101 Montrose Street, Morganton NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Sold in 1998 to Jan E. Salisbury Trustee.


NCModernist

1958 - The Clarence L. and Elsie E. Whisnant House, 1230 6th Street NW, Hickory NC. Designed with James E. Biggs. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Deeded in 1971 to Marie Shipman King and Alfred N. Whisnant. Addition in 1972. Deeded in 1980 to Joanne W. and Wade H. Shuford Jr. Sold around 2020 and destroyed.


NCModernist

NCModernist

NCModernist

1959 - The Ellen S. and James E. (Jim) Biggs Jr. House, 750 8th Street Drive NW, Hickory NC. Engineering by Jim Briggs. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Sold 1968 to Virginia C. and Norman M. Neagle. Sold multiple times. Sold 1997 to Richard L. Reese. Sold in 2014 to Evan J. Ellis-Raymer and James H. Raymer. Sold in 2019 to June L. and William A. Starnes III.


NCModernist

1959 - The William M. Nave House, 2000 block of 2nd Street NW, Hickory NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company.


NCModernist

1960 - The Andrew L. Blackwelder House, 1040 15th Avenue NW, Hickory NC. Traditional house built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Sold to Robert P. Augustine. Sold in 2004 to Regan M. and Peter H. Eimer.


NCModernist

1961 - The Harry Whitener House, 804 4th Avenue Drive NW, Hickory NC. Traditional house built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Deeded in 1995 to wife Eva S. Whitener. Deeded to heirs. Sold in 2017 to Meredith G. and Hal Huffman III.


NCModernist

1962 - The Lawrence A. and Hazel B. Twisdale House, 2030 2nd Street NW, Hickory NC. Designed with James Biggs. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Deeded in 2012 to heirs. Transferred in 2021 to the Ann Twisdale Hall Trust.


NCModernist

1963 - The Thomas (Cass) and Donna Ballenger House, 867 20th Avenue Drive NW, Hickory NC. Traditional house built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company. Thomas Cass Ballenger was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 10th District for 19 years from 1986-2005. Deeded in 2004 to Donna D. Ballenger. Deeded in 2017 to Davis Ballenger Weaver.


NCModernist

1964 - The Ms. Glenn Morris House, Crestview Street, Granite Falls NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company.


NCModernist

1965 - The John Forlines House, State Road 1109, Granite Falls NC. Built by M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company.


1970 - The Geraldine Fuller and Hurshell H. Keener House, 3909 8th Street Court NW, Hickory NC. Traditional design, on Lake Hickory. Sold in 2016 to Mitchell K. Greene. Sold in to 2019 to Alyssa and Baker L. Henson.


NCModernist

Year unknown - The Mrs. B. Y. Hefner House. Unsure if built.


NCModernist

Year unknown - The Millie Dalton House, Granite Falls NC. Unsure if built.


NCModernist

Year unknown - The E. F. Gardner House. Unsure if built.


Sources include: D. Carroll Abee Jr.; Virginia Faust; M. G. Crouch Lumber and Building Company.