MC 00138 Guide to the Wheless Family Papers, 1950-1995

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Wheless Family


1.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

1 box, 1 oversize flat box


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Acquisitions Information

Acquired from architectural historian Laura A. W. Phillips, May 2007.


Processed by: Kimberly Cheek;machine-readable finding aid created by: Kimberly Cheek

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of documents on the residence at 106 John Street, Louisburg, North Carolina, designed by G. Milton Small and originally owned by the Wheless Family. The documents are from 1950 to 1995. Also included are some undated material. The collection includes construction and architectural contracts, deeds, invoices (for furnishings, landscaping, contractors), drawings (plot plans, floor plans, construction plans, property and subdivision surveys, and photographs of the Wheless residence. Also included is 1 CD that contains 118 color survey photographs taken by Laura A.W. Phillips for the National Register of Historic Places.

Historical Note

In 1954, Thomas and Lois Wheless contracted with architect G. Milton Small to design a residence for them in Louisburg, North Carolina. Thomas was a physician, and Lois was a longtime city councilwoman.

G. Milton Small was a major proponent of modernism in North Carolina at the time. The architect has studied with famed modernist leader Mies Van der Rohe in Chicago before moving to Raleigh. The Wheless Residence that he designed is considered an excellent example of mid-twentieth century modern architecture with North Carolina. The house is one story with an open plan and has three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths and is 2,450 square feet. It is located on a one acre lot. The house sold for $235,000 by Preservation North Carolina in 2007. On August, 28, 2007, the Wheless Residence was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wheless Family Papers, MC 00138, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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