Built in 1895, this restored house is now a shop that displays a timeless array of style and elegance. Curtis and Blanche Gray built this house before 1918, possibly as early as 1896. Some say that Mrs. Gray, who, for a while was the Corolla schoolteacher, designed the house herself. Historians believe it is more likely that the plans for the house were purchased from a catalog of house designs, which was done quite often in the early 20th century.
This charming structure is the only example of an early Colonial Revival frame bungalow in the village, with Neoclassical Revival and Craftsman style exterior details. The main structures original molded weatherboarding is in tact, and the one-story rear ell wears its original German siding. In 1925, the kitchen and dining room were added, and the original exterior siding still covers the walls. The unusual front dormer balcony still wears its original hexagonal gable shingles, plain rail balustrade and weather-boarded cheeks, which lent protection against harsh winds. Curiously, there is no door leading to the balcony, leaving residents to crawl out a window should they want to access the space. The home still enjoys some of its original interior structural features, as well. Bead board ceilings and walls and simple door and window surrounds add to its interest and charm. A mix of interior wood and trim exemplifies the villagers knack for creatively using salvaged materials in their constructions.
This home was restored in 1998 by the Twiddys and is now Lovie’s Kitchen Table, a specialty foods shop. Lovie’s is a sweet place to find refreshment. Come in for coffee or tea, homemade baked goods, fine cheeses, chocolates, beer, wine & other tasty morsels. Relax on their screened porch with a cold beer or glass of wine, or let them help you make a selection to enjoy at your home. Their table is always full of good things, and you are always welcome!