The original National Register Inventory of West End began in October 1985 and concluded in March 1986, covering 610 properties and numbered sequentially as they were recorded in the field. The survey work stated in the Northeast corner of the district and moved South. Each entry in the list contains the following components:
- Inventory number assigned sequentially by order encountered
- Property “Name” based on the first known occupant or significant owners
- Statewide inventory number given in parentheses (“FY” for Forsyth County)
- Address of the property (using current street names)
- Date or approximate date of construction based on historic and/or physical evidence
- Assessment of the contributing (C) or non-contributing (N) status of the property
- Physical and (when possible) historical description of the property
- List of documentary sources given by abbreviations in parentheses, and where applicable a brief description of accompanying outbuildings with their contributing or non-contributing status.
Contributing Versus Non-Contributing Structures:
|Houses, Apartments, Condos, Servant Quarters||426||140|
|Commercial: Office Buildings||7||25|
|Utility: Garages, Stables, Carriage Houses||71||74|
|Utility: Sheds, Storage Buildings||0||11|
These definitions of contributing and non-contributing, developed by the National Park Service, were used to assess the individual properties and property components within the district:
“A contributing building, site, structure, or object adds to the historic architectural qualities, historic associations, or archaeological values for which a property is significant because (a) it was present during the period of significance, and possesses historic integrity reflecting its character at that time or is capable of yielding important information about the period, or (b) it independently meets the National Register criteria.”
“A non-contributing building, site, structure, or object does not add to the historical architectural qualities, historic associations or archaeological values for which a property is significant because (a) it was not present during the period of significance, (b) due to alterations, disturbances, additions, or other changes, it no longer possesses historic integrity reflecting its character at that time or is incapable of yielding information about that period, or (c) it does not independently meet the National Register criteria.”
The “period of significance” used to Inventory the West End was 1887-1930. No properties outside that range are listed as contributing, with the exception of the 1815 Zevely House (153), which is listed individually in the National Register.
For each inventoried property there is a survey file with additional information, including the statewide inventory form, photographic proof sheets, and various types of historical documentation. These files are maintained at the Survey and Planning Branch, Division of Archives and History, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27611.
National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination (1987)