Thanks to Adrienne Copland, who provided this information about the house. The house was built in 1914 by A. C. Nichols, Sr. A few years later, about 1922, he built a smaller house next door and moved there. His son, John Irvin Nichols moved into the big house. John I Nichols worked for the police department and would end up being Chief of the Rocky Mount Police Department. There originally was a carriage stable along the back alley, which was later converted into an automobile garage. Both are long gone, but the foundations can still be seen. The house stayed in the Nichols family until 1996.
When I first walked into this house I was amazed with the space. The long entry hall takes you through a mahogany curved arch. The romance of the house brought a tear knowing it is being saved by the young hands-on woman that has three houses on the same block on Howell Street. The day I took these photos I was in the company of Adrienne Copland, Preservation Board Rocky Mount Chairman and Board Member, Sarah Tripolli-Johnson by way of Villa Place and restoring a beauty in West Haven.
Another Restoration in the 200 S. Block of Howell Street a Blue Ribbon Winner Saved by Justin Floyd
Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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