Cupola House

Robert Kirshaw, possible house carpenter


Edenton, Chowan County
Street Address:

408 S. Broad St., Edenton, NC





Images Published In:

Catherine W. Bishir, North Carolina Architecture (1990).
Catherine W. Bishir, North Carolina Architecture (2005).
Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (1996).
Frances Benjamin Johnston and Thomas Tileston Waterman, The Early Architecture of North Carolina (1941).
Mills B. Lane, Architecture of the Old South: North Carolina (1985).


Late 20th century investigations of the Cupola House including those by Abbott Lowell Cummings of New England and Cary Carson, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Willie Graham of Colonial Williamsburg indicated that the construction was all one build, with minor later changes, and that the framing system differed from those of jettied houses in New England. See Graham’s 1992 drawing of the frame in Butchko, Edenton, and Bishir, North Carolina Architecture (second printing and portable edition). Recent investigation by Reid Thomas of Archives and History revealed additional details including the former existence of a roof deck accessible from the cupola.