86. Gray Court Apartments (FY 1582)

450 N. Broad Street
Contributing, 1928-1929

86.1This is the center of the three buildings which compose the handsome and well maintained Gray Court Apartments. (See also 428 and 429). The three buildings face Broad Street and are formally arranged with the central building recessed behind the facade lines of the other two, forming a court in the center. A brick retaining wall separates the buildings from the sidewalk. Although the central and south buildings are three stories and the north building is four, they maintain a level cornice line. Each of the brick buildings has a slightly projecting central entrance bay, a parapeted cornice which is steped above the center bay, cornerblock window detailing, and a cement quoined surround defining the main entrance. Parking is located in the rear.

This was the site of the ca. 1883 house of Eugene E. Gray, an attorney and mayor of Winston-Salem in the 1890’s. In 1928 Charles Frank Benbow purchased the Gray property, and by 1930 the apartments were listed in the city directory. (TR, CD, SM)