602 East Green Street.

The twentieth in a series of posts highlighting buildings in East Wilson Historic District, a national historic district located in Wilson, North Carolina. As originally approved, the district encompasses 858 contributing buildings and two contributing structures in a historically African-American section of Wilson. (A significant number have since been lost.) The district was developed between about 1890 to 1940 and includes notable examples of Queen Anne, Bungalow/American Craftsman, and Shotgun-style architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

As described in the nomination form for the East Wilson Historic District, this house is: “ca. 1935; 1 story; Isaac Shade house; brick-veneered Tudor Revival cottage; Shade, a druggist, contracted black builders Louis Thomas and John Barnes.”


In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 602 Green Street, drugstore owner Dr. I.A. Shade, 63; wife Estelle, 54, city school teacher; niece Myrtle Lane, 23, county school teacher, and nephew George Lane, 21, drugstore clerk; and roomers Louisa [illegible], county school teacher, Vera Green, 18, housekeeper, and Catherine Ward, 20, county school teacher.

Isaac Albert Shade died 24 April 1953 at his home at 602 East Green. Per his death certificate, he was born 17 May 1875 in Morington [Morganton], North Carolina, to London Shade and Alice (last name unknown); was married; and was a pharmacist at a drugstore. Sarah Shade was informant.

Photo by Lisa Y. Henderson, February 2017. 


  1. Dr. Isaac Shade was my great-grandfather and I made several visits to 602 E. Green St. during the summers of my childhood.
    I plan to visit Wilson this summer.

    1. Thanks for letting me know you’d found my blog! I enjoy hearing from direct descendants of the subjects about which I post. There’s another Shade post in the pipeline.

  2. Dr. I. Shade was my Grand Father. My father, Kenneth Shade was his youngest son and my Father. My Sister, Bernadette Shade Jones and I spent our formative years on Vick Street with our Mother, Vera Shade after our Father died in 1951. We both spent countless hours at his Green Street home.

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