Historic House Listings

An old jail! 30 minutes to Charlotte, North Carolina. $125,000

August 31, 2020

This sure would be fun to own! No telling what you could find while restoring this! This jail looks to be late 1800’s. It is located on .25 acres in Dallas, North Carolina. Check out those barrel shaped metal ceilings! There are some neat possibilities for this building. Office space, a restaurant, brewery! The current owner is doing $19,000 in exterior stabilization. This is a big building with 5,130 square feet. $125,000

Contact Ted Alexander with Preservation North Carolina: 704-482-3531

From the Preservation North Carolina listing:


Architectural and Historical Information

The Dallas Jail is a contributing structure in the Dallas National Register Historic District, and eligible for state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.  The jail’s unique interior features include barrel-shaped corrugated metal ceilings, interesting markings on the jail walls, and a centered metal spiral staircase.  The property would make an interesting themed restaurant, office, retail space or even a residence.  As a locally designated landmark, the property’s new buyer is eligible to apply for a 50% ad valorem property tax deferral.

The building has a structural engineering report and the current owner is undertaking approxiumately $19,000 in exterior improvements, including installation of French drains, piping all downspouts away from the foundation, and fabrication and instalation of new downspouts. The jail prime for adaptive reuse and ideal for those looking for an urban feel within the charm of a small southern town. The yard is ample enough for sensitively designed parking.

The 1973 National Register nomination describes the Dallas Historic District and Court Square as having “a quiet grouping of well-preserved commercial and residential structures around the shaded courthouse square… an idyllic small-town atmosphere recalling the slower pace of the late nineteenth century.” Downtown Dallas retains much of this atmosphere today.


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