Just about the time I pronounce a favorite, I look at the next set of photographs and remember another house I loved. The Cureton House at 1025 Eleanor, built in 1907 was an incredibly warm and inviting space. The fact that the owner said I didn’t have to take my boots off to walk through endeared her to me forever.
The Queen Anne cottage was purchased by Edmund and Willie Mae Cureton in 1907. He operated a shop on the 500 block of Gay Street selling mostly clothing. In 1919, after its construction, he moved his shop into the Farragut Hotel. They sold the house in 1944 and by 1948 it had been sub-divided into apartments, eventually having as many as four units. The house fell into disrepair, but in 2005 was renovated to return it to a one-family home.
Beautiful rugs are found throughout the home and the old piano just off the front room was a point of conversation due to its unusual wood with its gorgeous grain. Small stained-glass touches added to the beauty of the home, including one small piece in the kitchen used as a cabinet front. The upstairs bedroom included alcoves to serve as reading spots and more, plus enough angles to keep a geometry teacher happy for years.