Date: c. 1901
209 E. Chatham Street, Apex
Apex National Register Historic District
The Harward-Bagley House was built ca. 1901 by W.H. Harward for his daughter. It is located at 209 E. Chatham Street in Apex, North Carolina. It was recently restored by Doug and Pam Boyette. The dwelling can be best understood and appreciated within the broader context of Apex’s development as one of Wake County’s best preserved turn-of-the-century railroad towns. The house represents a shift from the ubiquitous vernacular single-pile I-houses built during the late-nineteenth century to more stylish and complex dwellings influenced by national trends in architectural tastes and displaying influences of the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles. The shift in the built environment was precipitated by Apex’s commercial and economic growth and development as a railroad town and trading center during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The house is one of a several double-pile Queen Anne-influenced residences in Apex including the Dr. R. W. Johnson House-Teacherage at 205 S. Hughes Street and the S.S. Rogers House at 207 S. Mason Street. Of these, the Harward-Bagley House is the best preserved.