215 S. Academy Street, Cary
Easement Acquired 4/25/2003
Cary National Register Historic District
Cary Historic Landmark
The Guess-White-Ogle House represents several different architectural styles and was built in stages beginning in the 1830s. Apparently a traditional two-story Greek Revival dwelling originally, the house was expanded and remodeled in the Queen Anne style in the late 19th century and is Cary’s most prominent example of Queen Anne architecture. The house now displays a front bay window and corner tower, as well as a profusion of decorative woodwork, including patterned shingles, fan-like spandrels, finials, and pendants, and a sawnwork porch with turned balustrade. The top sashes of all of the front windows have small colored-glass borders characterized by the Queen Anne style. The tower is said to have been added by a Baptist minister who wished to view Cary while writing his sermons. The current owners, Carroll and Sheila Ogle, bought the house in 1997 and restored it for their personal residence. CAP featured the home on its Spring 2002 Landmarks Tour and honored its rehabilitation with an Anthemion Award in June, 2002. The Ogles donated an easement on the house to CAP in 2003.