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JAMES HOWARD FOX (1939-2017)

Fox, a native of Bremen IN, earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati (1963) and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma (1968). He worked for Place Homes in IN, Federated Stores, George Taylor in Cincinnati OH, Bishop Quinn in OK, and Bob Opsahl in Highlands NC before starting his own firm in 1969 as the area's first Modernist design-build firm. He also taught in an adjunct capacity at Clemson, the University of Oklahoma, and UNC Charlotte.

2017 Crossroads Chronicle

1958 - 871 East Overdrive Road, Highlands NC.

1964 - 49 Hemlock Lane, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, Highlands NC. Sold in 1967 to Hugh T. and Mary Eva Harper. Sold in 1969 to Claudine B. and James Kirkwood, Jr. Sold in 1973 to Betty Keene Crane. Deeded in 1975 to Robert F. and Vera W. Crane. Sold in 1977 to Edward W. and Elizabeth M. Doyle. Sold in 1989 to Merivel M. and Frances H. Smith. Sold in 2014 to Bruce J. and Sandra C. Host. Addition built in 2015.


Year unknown - Entrance remodel, 1811 Whiteside Mountain Road, Highlands NC. Original house built in 1966. Sold to Ron and Wendy Spencer.

1965 - The H. King House, Cincinnati OH.  Unsure if built.

1967 - The deVille House, aka Whiteside Villa, 165 Deville Road, Highlands NC. The main architect for the house was Robert Opsahl, with Jim Fox collaborating.  Jeff Cox also participated. Fox designed the furniture. 
Available for rental. 

AAccording to granddaughter Anne deVille, "
Whiteside Villa was the dream of my grandmother, but the local architects at the time told her, 'You can't build on that rock!'  Then my grandmother discovered these 'hippies' who said, 'Not only can you build on that rock, you can have a home that looks like no other.'  My grandmother was so smitten with these creative gents, she also asked them to also design her furniture. It was the perfect intersection of an artistic client and eager architects wanting to break the mold of conventional home design.  My grandmother wanted to incorporate native stones as well as wormy chestnut from a demolished cabin.  That inspired these young architects even more.  Having grand ideas and designs is meaningless, however, if no one can actually build them. There were incredible craftsmen back then, too, and they vied for the opportunity to show off their expertise. The house has stood the test of time.  While the harvest gold carpet and avocado green appliances have been replaced, the house remains a structurally sound work of art."

1969 - The Mangurian Residence, Atlanta GA.  Unsure if built.

1970 - 602 Country Club Drive, Highlands NC.  Sold in 1966 to Ema and Thomas Stanfield. Sold in 1990 to Peggy E. and Charles L. Shackelford. Deeded in 2016 to Peggy E. Shackleford.

1971 - The Black House, 1190 King Gap Road
, Highlands NC. Adjacent to the Tatum House, below.  Commissioned 1970. Sold in 1988.  Sold in 2009 to Mountaintyme Enterprises LLC.

1971 - The Hugh P. Harper House, aka Organon, Wildcat Cliffs, Highlands NC. Unbuilt.

Around 1971 - The Tatum House, 1210 King Gap Road, Highlands NC in Macon County. Adjacent to the Black house, above.  Sold in 1995.  Sold in 2001, and the new owners hired Fox for an addition built around 2002. Sold in 2011 to Marsha Meadows.

1971 - The Alice and Allan Benjamin House, aka Mountain Crystal, 518 Country Club Drive, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, Highlands NC. Sold in 1987 to The Fairmont Company. Sold in 1988 to Cheryl A. Lyons. Sold in 1992 to William G. Lambrecht.

1972 - 148 Mountain Ash Lane, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2013 to Carol Green Thompson.

1973 - 365 Country Club Drive, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2002 to Deborah Miller Ambrose.  Sold in 2017 to William R. Hanley.

1973 - 45 Birch Point Lane, Highlands NC. In the Wildcat Cliffs Country Club.  Also renovated by Fox.  Sold in 2010 to Kenneth Earl Giddens Management Trust.  For sale in 2016. 

1973 - 1479 Whiteside Mountain Road, Highlands NC.  Was vacant and deteriorating for five years. Sold in 2014 to the Peter Almerico Jr. Trust and Jim Sweat, who are renovating.

1973 - The Trus Joist House System.  Unsure if built.

1974 - The Leo J. Heaphy Residence, Asheville NC.  Unsure if built.

1975 - The Asbury House, 81 Stillmont Circle, (sometimes labeled as 210) Cashiers NC.  Has been altered.  Sold.  Vacant for 12 years.  Sold in 2017 to Bill and Stephanie Edwards.

1976 - 672 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire NC.

1976 - The Hovey Residence, Shortoff Mountain NC.  Unsure if built.


1977 - The Hampton House, aka H'ir Hampton, 228 Golf View Road, Sapphire NC. Located in Jackson County. Deeded to Elaina Hampton, trustee. For sale in 2015.

1977 - The Gerry Wende House, Fairfax VA. Unsure if built.

1978 - 635 Cowee Ridge Road, Highlands NC. Sold in 2015 to Mark S. Murrah and two other owners, his brothers. For sale in 2017.

1979 - 1954 Magnolia Drive, Highlands NC. Sold in 2016 to James Sprinkle.

1979 - The Chad Drake House, Highlands NC. Beside a lake. Unsure if built.

1979 - The John Bliudius Belevidere House, Illinois. Commissioned 1974. Unsure if built.

1979 - The Johnstone Residence, Pinehurst NC.  Unsure if built.

1980 - 220 Mountain Ash Lane, Highlands NC. Sold in 2004 to Preston A. Whaley.  For sale in 2017.

1980 -  The John and Rosalie Jenkins Renovation, 1225 Whiteside, Highlands NC.  Original house built in 1940's. Deeded in 1996 to Judith (Judy) Jenkins.

1980 - 731 Cowee Ridge Road, aka Kite House, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2015 to Melanie Hamm.

1981 - The Ralph and Virginia Gaylord Neely House, 1534 Silver Run Road, Cashiers, NC. On 287 acres.

1985 - 220 Worley Road, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2015 to Curtis Gunn.

1985 - The George Downing House, Highlands NC.  Unsure if built.

1985 - The Cliff and Gloria Geyer House, Wildcat Cliffs CC, Highlands NC.  Unsure if built.

1985 - The Cliff and Gloria Geyer House, West Palm Beach FL.  Unsure if built.

Around 1985 - The Morris House, aka the Caretaker House, Highlands NC.  Published in Fine Homebuilding.

Around 1986 - The Crabtree Addition, located between Highlands and Cashiers NC.

1986 - The Mincey Family Residence, Country Club of NC, Pinehurst NC.  Unsure if built.

1986 - 175 Cliffmont Road, Cashiers NC.  For sale in 2016.

1988 - The Vaughn Gazebo, 16 Big Bear Pen Mountain, Highlands NC.  Various plans. Unsure if built.

1988 - the Leonard Residence, Brushy Face, Highlands NC.

1989 - 2080 Upper Divide, Highlands NC.  Highland Falls Country Club. For sale in 2016.

Around 1989 - The Ervin and Elizabeth (Beth) Jackson, Jr. House, 608 Chattooga Woods Road, Cashiers NC.

1993 - The Bill and Dottie Stose Residence, 1350 Whiteside Mountain Road, Highlands NC.  Commissioned 1989. Deeded to Willis G. Stose, Trustee.  For sale in 2017.

1993 - The John and Shirley Shea House, Stuart FL. Unsure if built.

1994 - 2130 Magnolia Drive, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2016 to J. Donald Morris.

1995 - 1834 Big Sheepcliff Rd, Cashiers NC. For sale in 2018.

1996 - 71 East View Way, Highlands, NC.  Sold in 2014 to Frank M. Warren Jr.

1997 - 63 Woodland Falls Road, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2014 to Oliver A. Reynolds, III.

1997 - 30 Woodland Lane, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2014 to Thomas J. Johnston, Trustee.

1997 - 95 West View Way, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2016 to Dennis Howard.

1998 - 49 Hickory Lane, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2014 to Scott D. Smith.

1998 - 53 Hickory Lane, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2015 to William J. Moss, III.

1998 -  15 Woodland Lane, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2014 to James W. Thompson.

1998 - 12781 Marsh Landing, West Palm Beach FL.

1999 - 58 Woodland Falls Road, Highlands NC.  Sold to J. Preston Martin.

1999 - 548 Old Liberty Road, Westminster SC. 


2000 - The James Howard Fox House, 78 Crisp Road, Highlands NC. Still owned by Fox.

2000 - 446 Worley Road, Highlands NC.  The Katherine Cooper Trust sold in 2018 to Sherri R. and Stephen Mark Ozcomert.

2001 - 90 Woodlands Falls Road, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2014 to Christopher Lee Cottrill.

2004 - 627 Sheepcote Road, Cashiers NC. For sale 2013-2015.

2006 - The Lynn S. and Ray Becker House, 31 Lovers Lane, Sky Valley GA. Available for rent.


2007 - The Beth and Ervin Jackson House, aka Circular Mountain  Home, Cashiers NC. Unsure if built.


2007 - The Randall S. (Randy) and Tammy Dugal Residence, aka Butterfly House, 134 Cave Road, Highlands NC.  Available for rent.

2008 - The Janice and Ernie Merkelis Residence, Highlands NC. Unbuilt. The foundation was built with Fox's design and supervision. Another architect took over but the house was never completed.

2008 - The Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers House, Cullasaja Club, Highland NC. Unsure if built.

2010 - The McPherson Residence, Wildcat Cliffs, Highlands NC.  Unsure if built.

Year unknown - The Thomas J. Russell Jr., Far Hills, Somerset County NJ. Several schemes. Unsure if built.

Year unknown - The Cascade Ridge House.  Featured in Living Now Magazine.  Unsure if built.

Year unknown - The Dan Boone Addition, Cullasaja Club, Highlands NC.  Unsure if built.

Year unknown - The Legare House, Highlands NC.

Year unknown - 805 Whiteside Cove Rd, Cashiers NC.

Year unknown - The Lee/Schumacker House, Wildcat Cliffs CC, Highlands NC.  Unsure if built.

Year unknown - 156 Devils Courthouse View, Cashiers NC.

Year unknown - The Observation Tower, 1601 Big Bear Pen Road, Highlands NC.  Includes about an acre.  No house on the property, just the tower.  For sale in 2018.

Sources include: James Howard Fox, wife Carol Fox, Scott Templeton, Stan Russell.