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Seller Story

The VanLandingham Estate, Charlotte, NC


Built by Ralph and Susie Vanlandingham in 1913, the VanLandingham Estate, in what is now the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, became known as a quintessential home for entertaining in Charlotte. A California bungalow-style home, the estate still retains its sleeping porches, elaborate gardens, and stone pillars sourced from Linville, NC, where the family summered.

“When we purchased the home from its then-owners in 1998, it was very 1970s in terms of color, style, and lots of wallpaper,” explains Billy Maddalon, a commercial real estate broker whose family-run business recently operated the home as an inn and event space. In its more than 100-year-old history, VanLandingham has been a part of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, used as the Charlotte Symphony ASID Designer House, and rented out for weddings and special events. In 1977, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It will soon be converted from an inn into a multi-use rental space.

Before opening the space as an inn, Maddalon’s family embarked on a large refurbishment, which entailed repainting, redecorating, and modernizing. “We’d pick up a piece here and a piece there,” he notes, of the estate sales, shops, and vintage markets from which he sourced the eclectic pieces for the interiors, which combine French and American Country, Classic English, and Mid-Century Modern styles. “Every item is sort of mismatched; and many of the pieces were in the house when purchased it, which is always special. The beige couch with high armrests and back that are the same height can be seen in photos of the house from the late 1800. It was brought here by Susie from the Hotel Majestic in Atlanta, which her family owned and operated.”

Seller Story: VanLandingham Estate
Seller Story: VanLandingham Estate
Antique Walnut Eastlake Music Chairs

Antique Walnut Eastlake Music Chairs

Final Bid:
$110
Vintage Power Loomed Heriz Serapi Style Area Rug

Vintage Power Loomed Heriz Serapi Style Area Rug

Final Bid:
$111
19th Century Empire Revival Walnut Sofa

19th Century Empire Revival Walnut Sofa

Final Bid:
$1,100
Reproduction of a Victorian Rocking Horse

Reproduction of a Victorian Rocking Horse

Final Bid:
$350
Cristal D'arques "Longchamp" Lead Crystal Goblets

Cristal D'arques "Longchamp" Lead Crystal Goblets

Final Bid:
$140
Chinese Lotus Motif Ceramic Ginger Jars

Chinese Lotus Motif Ceramic Ginger Jars

Final Bid:
$195
Antique English Oak Work Table

Antique English Oak Work Table

Final Bid:
$210
Offset Lithograph "Under the Awning"

Offset Lithograph "Under the Awning"

Final Bid:
$100
Vintage Empire Style Chest of Drawers

Vintage Empire Style Chest of Drawers

Final Bid:
$231
Vintage Power Loomed Persian Style Hunting Rug

Vintage Power Loomed Persian Style Hunting Rug

Final Bid:
$162
Vintage Betty Feezor Cookbooks

Vintage Betty Feezor Cookbooks

Final Bid:
$75
Mid Century French Provincial Armchair

Mid Century French Provincial Armchair

Final Bid:
$101
Recumbant Lion Desk Lamp

Recumbant Lion Desk Lamp

Final Bid:
$376
Vintage Rustic Style Side Table

Vintage Rustic Style Side Table

Final Bid:
$110
Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchair

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Armchair

Final Bid:
$50
Collection of Vintage Black & White Photographs of The VanLandingham Estate

Collection of Vintage Black & White Photographs of The VanLandingham Estate

Final Bid:
$46
Indian Brass Fox Head Bookends

Indian Brass Fox Head Bookends

Final Bid:
$140
Vintage Salvaged St. Francis Xavier Slag Glass Pane

Vintage Salvaged St. Francis Xavier Slag Glass Pane

Final Bid:
$283
Pair of 1933 "World Bridge Olympic" Silver Plated Championship Trophies

Pair of 1933 "World Bridge Olympic" Silver Plated Championship Trophies

Final Bid:
$115
Mid 19th Century Empire Revival Gaming Table

Mid 19th Century Empire Revival Gaming Table

Final Bid:
$70
Contemporary Chest of Drawers by Broyhill

Contemporary Chest of Drawers by Broyhill

Final Bid:
$200
Collection of Vintage and Contemporary Plates and Platters

Collection of Vintage and Contemporary Plates and Platters

Final Bid:
$65
Landscape Oil Painting on Board

Landscape Oil Painting on Board

Final Bid:
$550
Art Nouveau Style Stained Glass Task Lamp

Art Nouveau Style Stained Glass Task Lamp

Final Bid:
$100
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Seller Story: VanLandingham Estate

What are other pieces original to the estate?

The dining room table and chairs are original; Ralph and Susie were voracious entertainers and would have hosted dinner parties for years. We have pictures of that table with some of the most famous people in Charlotte’s history sitting around it. Boy, if that table could talk.

What else stands out?

The chandeliers are fabulous; and the frames for the art are beautiful — many are as or more impressive than the art itself.

Are there any pieces specific to the region?

Any piece of furniture that was made in North Carolina, which for more than a century was known as the furniture capital of the United States. During that period we had no only the finest woods, but the craftsman to hand-make them. A hickory chair, Broyhill piece, Stickley furniture; any of those are rare and have value.

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