343. W. Thomas Smither House (FY 1786)
1326 Glade Street
Contributing, ca. 1920

 
Like the Cook House next door (#342), the Smither House is distinguished by its use of rusticated concrete block walls. In this case the door and window openings and the corners are defined by smooth blocks in a sort of reverse quoining technique. The Smither House is a two-story foursquare dwelling with a steep pyramidal roof, flared eaves, a bracketed cornice, and a front porch with tapered concrete posts on brick plinths.

 

W. Thomas Smither, like Aaron Cook next door, was a clerk at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company He purchased the property in 1920 and by 1922 he and his wife, Minnie, were listed in the city directory at this location. They occupied the house through the 1920’s, but retained ownership until 1947. (TR, CD)