_802 Condon Street

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Condon-802-a-webThis is one of the smallest, humblest houses in McCrorey Heights. Permits indicate that it was built 1955 – 1956 for a D.C. Gibson, likely David C. Gibson who owned Century Construction. First occupants were David W. Black and his wife Lillian.

Mr. Black worked in domestic service. He was a “houseman” for Julian Harris who lived on Altondale Avenue in Charlotte’s elite Eastover neighborhood and was employed by Southern Atlantic Belting, a textile machinery firm.

The Black family resided here at 802 Condon Street for over a quarter century, into the 1980s.

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Architecture

This compact (900 square feet) one-story residence is similar to hundreds of dwellings erected in Charlotte immediately after World War II — though it was built about a decade after that construction wave. It has a gable roof with the gable-end toward the street and a smaller gable-roofed front porch. The exterior is clad in asbestos shingle siding, a popular material in the late 1950s; this is the only use of it in McCrorey Heights. Many small houses of this era have been expanded or much modified; this dwelling remains in its original form.

Building permits

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Date issued: September 21, 1955
Owner: D.C. Gibson
Contractor:
Estimated Cost:
Other permit info: Install wiring – likely part of original construction of the house.

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Date issued: September 1, 1955
Owner: D. C. Gibson
Contractor: J. P. Thomas
Estimated cost:
Other permit info: to install wiring- likely part of original construction of the house.

First appeared in city directory

1959 – David W. Black & Lillian D.
He: Houseman, Julian Harris (salesman, Southern Atlantic Belting, 232 Altondale Av).  She: no occupation listed.

[Owner DC Gibson, below, is likely David C. Gibson, Century Construction]

1981 – Mrs. Lillian I. Black, retired.