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1889 Victorian: Queen Anne

Murphy, North Carolina

Furnished Prestigious Robert Lafayette Cooper House

Front View from Street
Front View from Street
Described by Mayor Bill Hughes as "The Crown Jewel of Murphy," this gem is located in Murphy, NC, a highly desirable vacation and second-home destination in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built by Robert Lafayette Cooper for his bride in 1889. Since his death in 1904, the house remained with descendants until 2003. The present owners then embarked on a restoration project that has become a genuine work of love.
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Front Entryway Spandrel
Front Entryway Spandrel
Walnut & Cherry Parquet Floor in Turret
Walnut & Cherry Parquet Floor in Turret
Formal Parlor
Formal Parlor
Tiger Oak FP in Large Dining Room
Tiger Oak FP in Large Dining Room
Spacious Sunny Kitchen
Spacious Sunny Kitchen
1st Flr Master Bedroom
1st Flr Master Bedroom
with adjoining turret/reading area. Door exits to enclosed, screened porch.
Large Upstairs Family Room
Large Upstairs Family Room
with fireplace and a screened "sleeping porch" just through the door.
Large 2nd Flr Bedroom
Large 2nd Flr Bedroom
with door leading to the family room. (Second door entrance from the main hallway)
Side view
Side view
showing brick foundation and sloping terrain to rear of property. Gazebo at far left of Veranda. Two-story turret at right of flag. Master bedroom with adjoining one-story turret. Outside stairs leading to screened sitting porch.
Bedrooms 4
Full Baths 2
Heated Sq. Ft. 3,070
Unheated Sq. Ft. 0
Stories 2
Acres 0.5

Features.

  • 1st Floor Bath
  • 1st Floor Bedroom
  • 1st Floor Laundry Room
  • Attic
  • Bonus Room
  • Breakfast Room
  • Crawl Space
  • Den
  • Dining room
  • Entry Hall
  • Foyer
  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Unfinished Basement
  • Walk out Basement
  • Fresh paint
  • Gazebo
  • Porch
  • Restored exterior
  • Storage Building
  • High Ceilings
  • Original wood windows
  • Vinyl floors
  • Wood floors
  • Shingle Roof
  • City sewer
  • City water supply
  • Gas heating
  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Water Heater - Electric
  • Pocket Doors
  • Sleeping Porch
  • Stained Glass Windows
  • 1 large covered front porch.
  • 3 screened porches
  • All wood floors refinished.
  • Clawfoot Tub (2)
  • Fireplace (5)
  • Large area rugs & runners.

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Noteworthy Example of Completely Furnished Queen Anne

The Cooper House's asymmetrical massing and fully realized Queen Anne detailing set it apart as the best local embodiment of its style. Imposing in its small town setting for its size, the house exudes both sophistication and charm.

For more than 6 years, this gem has been meticulously restored; room by room, board by board. Faithful attention has been devoted to the original refinements and intent of the builder.

Marvel at the large formal dining room with Tiger Oak fireplace and Pine floor with parquet/herring bone design. Also note the 1st flr BR includes octagonal turret. There are 3 BR's upstairs plus 16x22 family room and octagonal reading area.

Relax and breathe the mountain air on over 428 sq feet of covered porches including the front veranda.

Historical Updates

Robert Lafayette Cooper and his bride were heavily involved in overseeing the design and construction of this home in 1889. The couple supervised the enlargement in 1903. Electricity came to Murphy, NC in mid 1920's.

The house had significant elaboration of the interior detailing. It derives its significance from its irregular form and myriad of extras such as bays, towers and porches. Additional alterations were done in the 1930's.

Robert L. Cooper was a lawyer for the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad and the Southern Railway. He also, was a lumber industrialist. Lumber came from Mr. Cooper's own timber lands and was transported from North Georgia to Murphy via railroad. A sawmill was erected at the back of the property as was a kiln where the red clay bricks were fired for the foundation.

Mr. Cooper was president of the Bank of Murphy and served as President of the Murphy Furniture Manufacturing Company. He was a local politician, having served as Mayor of Murphy in 1894.

Robert Lafayette Cooper died at age 39 in 1904 and local obituaries noted his prominence. Ownership remained in the family until the present owners bought the home in 2003.

Archived in March, 2013

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