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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, Highlands NC.  Sold in 2014 to Bruce Host.


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

1967 - The deVille House, aka Whiteside Villa, 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."

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 in Macon County. Adjacent to the Tatum House, below.  Sold in 1988.  Sold in 2009 to Mountaintyme Enterprises LLC.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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 - 1350 Whiteside Mountain Road, Highlands NC.  Sold to Willis G. Stose, trustee.  For sale in 2017.

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.

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.  Sold in 2018.

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 Randall S. (Randy) and Tammy Dugal Residence, aka Butterfly House, 134 Cave Road, Highlands NC.  Still owned by Randall S. Dugal. Available for rent.

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

Year unknown - The Hugh Harper House, aka Organon, Highlands NC. Unbuilt.

Year unknown - The Legare House, Highland NC.

805 Whiteside Cove Rd, Cashiers NC

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, Scott Templeton, Stan Russell.