History and images have been compiled from various sources including, among others, the 1987 National Register of Historic Places, Stack & Beasley's 1902 Sketches of Monroe and Union County, Union County Public Library (Patricia Poland, Genealogy & Local History Librarian), the Heritage Room Photo Collection, North Carolina Map Collection, Rootsweb - An Ancestry.com Community and Ancestry.com family histories.

J.Ray Shute House 1909 - 301 E. Windsor

J.Ray Shute I on his Windsor Street porch before 1945 
Photo - Heritage Room Collection
Built in 1909 for J. Ray Shute (1855-1945), vice-president of the Bank of Union, and a member of a prominent local family, this two-story frame Classical Revival house has been divided into rental apartments and is in somewhat deteriorated condition. A high hipped tin shingle roof with cresting and finials along the ridge and a pedimented dormer tops the main block of the house, which is a double-pile, center-hall plan rectangle with shallow pedimented two-story bays on the three-bay facade (where the bay's first floor is semi-hexagonal) and side elevations. A one-story wing with ell extension spans the rear elevation. The side sections of the one-story wraparound porch have been enclosed; the porch has Tuscan columns, turned balusters and a flat-roofed central projecting pavillion framing the transomed and sidelighted entrance. Original windows are one over one sash, and two tall blond brick chimneys with corbelled caps are location on the side slopes of the hip roof. Decorative details include dentils and modillions on the cornice and lunettes in the gable ends. (National Register 1987)

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