Hunter House - Hendersonville, North Carolina


The Architect's own home built in 1925 by John Forest, Hendersonville's leading builder in the early 20th Century.  The house is designed as a two-story center hall symmetrical plan in an italianate/federally influenced style.  External flemish-bonded brickwork in intricately detailed with cast-stone spring-blocks and keystones over arched and flat doors and windows further articulated with projected sills.  A detached carriage house is located in the northwest corner of the property.  The house sits on three lots perched eastward overlooking a small park in Druid Hills;  A medium density Hendersonville development planned in the 1920's and fashioned after the Druid Hills development in Atlanta.



The Hunter House was purchased by Bill O'Cains' uncle Forest Hunter in 1945 for  his family home until his death in 1988; subsequently purchased by the O'Cains in 1990.  Renovations have included restoring interior finishes and improvements to kitchen and external access.  Exterior landscaping has been organized consistent with initial planning and enhanced on a grand scale in harmony with the house; gracious west side terrace and water feature, exterior fireplace, walled landscaping, and extensive indigenous plantings.