The Ellington House
THE IVEY-ELLINGTON HOUSE
The Ivey-Ellington House is one of four Cary properties individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This distinction is granted to properties that have a unique historic and architectural character and are deemed worthy of preservation for their significance to the cultural heritage of the nation.
WHAT MAKES THE IVEY-ELLINGTON WORTHY OF NATIONAL REGISTER STATUS?
Its architecture and its place in history. Built in the early 1870's, the Ivey-Ellington is a rare surviving example of a Gothic Revival-style home in Wake County. It features a steeply pitched roof-line, board and batten exterior, and pointed windows. During the 1890's the front yard was said to have served as a campsite for people driving cattle from Chatham County to Raleigh.
The National Register registration form for the Ivey-Ellington tells us this about its place in history:
Located near the former Raleigh and Chatham Railroad and constructed in the 1870's, the Ivey-Ellington House demonstrates the diffusion of styles and ideas from urban to rural areas. It exemplifies national trends in housing reform and the popularity of architectural pattern books in the late nineteenth century.