Friday, December 26, 2014

Vanished New Bern, No. 11

a series of views of lost area buildings

By John B. Green III

The Edward Graham House

Edward Graham House, 300 block Broad Street, south side, photo c. 1890.
This large hip-roofed Federal-period residence once stood on the south side of the 300 block of Broad Street.  It was the home of Edward Graham, prominent New Bern attorney and government official.  Representing the enlargement of an earlier structure, the house probably attained the size and form seen above between 1817 and 1818 when the tax value for Graham's properties increased from $1,100 to $3,950.  The house featured a pedimented front doorway similar to that seen on the Bank of New Bern which was constructed about the same time.  Edward Graham died in 1833 leaving the house to his widow Elizabeth Batchelor Graham.  It eventually passed to their daughter Elizabeth Graham Daves (Mrs. John P.) who lived in the house until her death in 1885.  The property was acquired by James B. Blades in August 1906.  He had the Graham House demolished the following January in preparation for the construction of his large Colonial-Revival style home.  Blades' house would eventually become the Queen Anne Hotel and would be demolished in the late 1960s.  The site is now occupied by First Citizens Bank.

300 Block Broad Street, photo c. 1890. Edward Graham House at far right of image.