25 Jul A Civil War veteran’s home gets a brick makeover to become a B&B and wedding venue
James Columbus Steele played cornet in the regimental band of the Fourth North Carolina Infantry Regiment. A veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg, he eventually served as a courier in the proceedings of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.
After the war, Steele returned home to Statesville, NC and eventually founded J.C. Steele & Sons, which is today a global corporation that manufactures brick making equipment. Steele served two terms as mayor of Statesville from 1903 until 1907.
Steele also built an amazing home at 624 Mulberry St. that is in the midst of becoming a completely refurbished masterpiece of a home, a wedding venue and a bed-and-breakfast.
About a year ago Roger and Kim Siegrist purchased The Steele House. They loved it so much, they had their own wedding ceremony in the backyard. Then they began the monumental task of rehabbing an amazing interior and exterior that had fallen into disrepair. Fortunately for the Siegrists who wanted to maintain the original 1870s character of the home, not much had been updated for over a century.
It’s a beautiful wood frame (German lap siding cut by J.C. Steele's saw mill) home but brick plays a big role in the restoration for several reasons.
The home’s original owner, J.C. Steele was in the brick business. His legacy headquarters is still next door! And J.C. Steele was an ancestor of the Steele family that currently owns Pine Hall Brick (we were founded in 1922). The back yard of The Steele House features a well house and a summer kitchen, both made of brick and both in excellent structural shape.
When the Siegrists teamed up with Tim Johnson Landscaping to begin clearing and sculpting an extremely overgrown half-acre guess what they dug up? Truckloads of 100-year-old brick and pavers.
So, in addition to a new ceremonial wooden gazebo, complete with a copula that matches the Steele House roofline, the team has installed some 20,000 pavers to create a spacious patio and a series of pathways lined with wrought iron fences, gates and arches.
In a few months, The Steele House will begin accepting reservations for weddings under century-old oaks. Brides will prepare in the converted summer kitchen. Processions will wind their way along serpentine paver pathways. Drinks will be served to dancers from the updated well house, featuring a nifty bar designed by Roger using reclaimed brick and lacquered slab of natural oak.
Roger and Kim are currently enjoying living in their work-in-progress as they hustle the indoor-outdoor project along. Soon, new sod will be placed and the property will be transformed into an enchanting homestead on one of old Statesville’s most historic streets.
The Steele House is both a home and business, but any homeowner can get inspired by the transformative effect of professionally installed clay paver hardscapes.
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Check back later this year when we revisit The Steele House after the landscaping is complete.