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House Styles

House Styles Intro

3 Room Style, ca. 1902-07

3 Room Style, ca. 1916-17

4 Room Style, ca. 1916-17

5 Room Style, ca. 1916-17

4 Room Style, ca. 1924-28

6 Room Style, ca. 1924-28

6 Room Style, ca. 1924-28

Style 8
4 Room Style, ca. 1924-28

House Styles

There are eight predominant house styles throughout the Mill Village. Each house style tends to represent the specific time period in which it was built. Building took place in three main waves, in 1907, 1916-17, and 1917-24. You can sometimes find two similar houses side by side with different construction dates on the tax records. In all likelihood, the two houses were built the same year. There are many cases in which the tax card shows a later date than what is true. That is because they are "guesstimates" made by later tax assessors who didn't really know when the house was built. But what we do know is that the mill village was complete by 1924, because the mill management had a survey done which shows all the streets that are present today, and over 440 houses. This map is located in Mooresville Town Hall in the Town Clerk's office.

The styles of houses tend to be clustered together, underlining the fact that they were all built at a specific moment in time. Over time, there is a noticeable increase in density, with lots becoming significantly smaller in the 1920's.

You may sometimes see a house that is clearly a mill house but that doesn't match the others on its street. They seem to fit the 1906, 3-4 room pattern but are squeezed between 1920s pattern houses. Those small houses were originally located on the west side of Summer Street. They were moved by to infill lots when the mill expanded and needed to take up that portion of Summer Street.

Most mill houses have been modified over the years, especially the interiors. What was once a four room house may now be a 5- or 6-room house. But any house that looks noticeably different from the eight typical styles is most likely not a mill house. In other words it probably wasn't built by the mill, even though it is in the Mill Village. It may have existed before the mill was built, or may have been built after the mill sold off its Mill Village holdings.

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Mooresville Mill Village Initiative
last updated February 9, 2008