E.W. King

Constructed in 1903 on a hill overlooking downtown Bristol, the Edward Washington King house was listed in the National Historical Register in 1999.  The location of this historic home was once the site of Fort Shelby, an important Revolutionary War era outpost through which countless settlers passed during the westward expansion of the United States.  The house provides an excellent example of Queen Anne architecture and is one of the few remaining homes built at the beginning of the 20th Century in Bristol.  It was constructed by one of Bristol's most prominent, Mr. Edward Washington King. As a respected citizen and philanthropist, Mr. King was praised for his progressive community action and his support of education, and this view was exemplified in the many buildings he blessed Bristol with over the years, both in residential and business structures. This Queen Anne Victorian home incorporated energetic details such as decorative chimneys, molded bricks, and a Renaissance Revival rooftop balustrade. Much of the structure still maintains the original wainscoting, as well as several of the decorative fireplace mantels, stairways, doors and windows. Even renovated, a true value could never be truly obtained when the historical value of this Bristol treasure is factored in.  

Following several years of fundraising efforts in hopes of restoring the house as a museum dedicated to local history and culture, the Bristol Historical Association has decided to sell the property citing the double impact of the economic downturn and sharp increases in construction costs.  The Bristol Historical Association is proud to have been the steward of this historic property and have accomplished its mission of protecting and preserving the E.W. King House.  Additional goals of educating the public about its owner and builder, Edward Washington King, and his tremendous influence on the growth and development of our twin cities have been accomplished through events held for and on the property over the last several years. Now the Association is offering someone else the opportunity to own one of old Bristol's most beautiful and historic properties.  During its 13-year ownership of the King House, the Bristol Historical Association spent over $170,000 to repair, maintain and stabilize the home.  The property has been dried-in with a synthetic slate roof and repointed chimneys to start the renovation to a new era of one of Bristol's premiere homes.

Tim Buchanan reported the highlights of 2016 and the sale of the E. W. King House in his Inside History Newsletters of October, November, and December which may be found in the Newsletter section of the BHA web site www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com.

In October of 2016, the Board of Directors of BHA accepted an offer to purchase the E. W. King House, a true Bristol landmark. The stipulations of the sell was to include covenants to protect the integrity of the exterior of the house as well as place it into the hands that will restore the house in the very near future.

The BHA Board was encouraged with this transaction, and the sale of this historic house was complete to Tom Herbert December 15, 2016. The association had campaigned for many years to restore this landmark into a local house museum. Due to the rising expenses of such a project, the Board of Directors voted to change plans and find a suitable buyer for the house.

With the upcoming transaction, it was necessary to have a "Tag Sale" to sale a number of the furnishings and other items that had been stored to be used in the planned museum. The sale was held Saturday, November 19, at the E. W. King House. Victorian furniture, including numerous Eastlake chairs, settees and a marble-top table, a 1920's Victoria phonograph, a White Sewing Machine, patterned china decor, and many books were made available for sale to the public. Everything was sold but four items, and many BHA members and citizens of Bristol helped pack to store in office space made available to us.

We have many people to thank for their work, including Nedra Hartley for chairing the House committee and Sale committee, Rick Armstrong with the TCI Group, and attorney Randy Kennedy. The Bristol Historical Association was able to preserve the E. W. King House, and it will continue to be a treasured landmark in Bristol and in Bristol's history.

Photographs

E W King House c 1905

E.W. King House

 

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