The Home of Z.B. Bulluck – An architectural gem – Renaissance Revival

I stood in silence, alone, with only bird song to welcome me to the Z.B. Bulluck home. The house stands empty of laughter and hospitality, though I am sure it remains filled with memories of the man responsible for this particular Renaissance Revival gem and his family. I imagined the day Z.B. ushered Foy Mae Williams Bullock through the door of her new home. Could she possibly have imagined that her young husband would prosper and flourish through his good works and one day provide a home of this magnitude that she would come to preside over? I wonder how much she even knew about the elements and style of the house. It is cause for weeping that this amazing home, on a piece of land with beautiful old trees only a few miles from Main Street, continues to wait for a new life. If only I could win the lottery, I would buy it and turn it into a retreat center, a sanctuary for people to come and catch up with themselves, to participate in silent or lead retreats for all denominations across the state. (But I digress.)

While I walked around the house taking photos, I imagined the four Bulluck children playing, free and safe to roam the considerable property. Growing up in Evanston, IL. the first suburb on the lake north of Chicago, the city provided many examples of Renaissance Revival buildings. You will recognize the style even if you couldn’t name what you are familiar with.

Chicago Loop area, Wacker Drive

Picture 1: Includes rusticated (heavily outlined) stonework on the ground floor, large round-arched windows, triangular pediments over the side windows, oval windows, and quoins to emphasize the corners.


Picture 2: Chicago, IL. Colonnaded, round arched windows supported by columns (below the string course), and gigantic triple-arched window reminiscent of the biforate windows of Renaissance palaces.




Picture 3: Chicago, IL. Includes arched, ground-floor windows, ornate window balconies.




Here is a great example of a residence in the Rennasance Revival style. 

For middle and upper-class suburban homes and townhouses, the style often displays a low-pitched, hipped, or flat roof, often with ceramic tiles to hint at its Mediterranean source region. Like the Italian Renaissance palazzo, the roofline includes wide, overhanging eaves with large, decorative brackets under the roofline. Doors and windows are often framed with round arches, primarily on the first floor, sometimes in the form of an Italian loggia or covered patio.

             The magnificent home of Z.B. Bulluck – A Rocky Mount architectural treasure


Rocky Mount Welcomes Entrepreneurs – Meet Z.B. Bulluck – Part 1

Giving This Entrepreneur Our Utmost Consideration 

Meet Zebulon Benjamin Bulluck, born April 9, 1884 – April 6, 1981 – Proprietor and Operator of the leading Meat Market of Rocky Mount. The summer of 1905  Z.B. as he was called, entered the meat market business.  With considerable business acumen, treating all his customers with the ‘utmost consideration,’ and offering the best and freshest meat available, it was a business plan that brought him considerable success. At an early age of twenty-seven, his extensive real estate holdings would have reached twenty thousand dollars. Among other things, he became a valued and influential stockholder in the First National Bank of Rocky Mount, the only bank in the city at that time.

Z.B. Bullock married Foy May Williams in Edgecomb County on December 27, 1906. They had four children. Foy Mae Bulluck Branch -1914-2004,  Charlotte Bulluck Wyatt – 1916- 2002. Z.B. Bulluck, Jr. -1918-1986, – Thomas Wayne –1920-1989. Z.B. Bulluck’s 1917 World War 1 draft card will make you smile. It says he was thirty-four years old, medium height and weight, blue eyes, light hair. He and his wife were living at 230 Rose Street in Rocky Mount, NC.

Z.B. Bulluck developed the Englewood Subdivision on the western outskirts of the city, a 10-minute drive from Main Street. Driving on Sunset today it is hard to imagine how the undeveloped area might have looked when in 1927 the Bulluck House was built occupying an entire block that represents Englewood’s  early spaciousness and was the development’s premier resident.

Join me tomorrow for part 2 – The Renaissance Revival Architecture – The Bulluck Home

PS: A personal note – I have missed seeing you on Main Street having taken time out after the brief illness and death of my sweet boy, Bob Houghtlin. After a terrible cold, I have my energy back and have headed out the door to begin research and writing again. I appreciate your prayers and concern more than I can say.  THANK YOU!   I wanted to get back in the swing of things by writing about Z.B. Bulluck, an early Rocky Mount entrepreneur because Rocky Mount is all about entrepreneurship these days. We need men and women like Z.B. who work hard, treat people well, offer only the best. Mr. Bulluck had a vision for the community, offered his leadership and expertise, helped build a future. That’s exactly what we need in our entrepreneurs today, those who are already here and all those who are on their way.