1809 Madison Avenue

Built about 1955 and first occupied by Mrs. Emma C. Craig, widow of physician Thomas E. Craig. Daughter Deborah J. Craig also lived here in the 1950s and became the principal occupant after her mother’s passing.

Deborah Janette Craig (died 1.18.1994) grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and did graduate work at New York University. She taught elementary school in Charlotte. She helped start the Charlotte chapter of Gamma Sigma Rho sorority, was member of the Modernettes social club and the Squaws social club, and was active at First Baptist Church West.

Deborah’s sister Katie J. Craig lived here as well, a schoolteacher in Union County southeast of Charlotte.

1809 Madison Avenue
1809 Madison Avenue


Ranch style house, one-story in light red brick. Massing is slightly more complicated than many McCrorey Heights Ranch houses. This is a main hip-roofed block, holding the living and dining areas, whose roof extends to the west to create a one-vehicle carport. A second hip-roofed block holds the bedrooms. It extends toward the street. A corner is notched out to form the main entrance. Windows in the bedroom wing are high horizontal units, adding to the horizontal form of the house, a Ranch style characteristic.

Building permits

Madison 1809 permit b
Date issued: May 25, 1955
Owner: ______ Const. Co.
Contractor: Jordan Elec. Co.
Estimated cost:
Other permit info:

Madison 1809 permit a
Date issued: September 15, 1959
Owner: Deborah J. Craig
Contractor: Wells Const. Co.
Estimated cost:
Other permit info: addition

First appeared in city directory

1956 – Mrs. Emma C. Craig, widow of Thomas E.

1981 city directory:
Deborah J. Craig. Teacher, Char Meck Bd Education (also Katie, Teacher, Union County, lives here)