Penland School – Dora’s Place


Penland, North Carolina

Client: The Penland School of Crafts

Scope of Services: Feasibility Study, Condition Assessment, Abbreviated Historic Structure Report, Code Analysis, and Schematic Design

Typical of other mid-nineteenth century single-family residences high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dora’s Place was originally a double-pen log house with dog trot and gable-end stone chimneys. The house was remodeled c. 1895 when the gable roof was raised, the dog trot enclosed, the front porch expanded, a frame shed addition constructed at the rear, and the house sheathed with German siding. The interior walls were covered with pages of newsprint.

Now part of The Penland School, the cabin is being converted to a residential duplex for teaching faculty. Each apartment will have a bedroom with fireplace and a separate bathroom. Kitchen and common room will be shared. The interior wall surfaces will be covered with reproduction newsprint of the era.


  1. Dora\'s Place, circa 1920
  2. Dora\'s Place2 JKOA
  3. Dora\'s Place3 JKOA
  4. Dora\'s Place4 JKOA