Charcoal Inn


  • Historic Name: Charcoal Inn
  • Address: 182-184 John Street
  • Tax Parcel: 1114_17.04_18
  • Historic District: Witherspoon-Jackson
  • Historic Style: Prairie
  • Historic Street: John Street
  • Classification: Noncontributing 
  • Number of Resources: 1
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Material: Stucco
  • Historic Function: Domestic
  • Current Function: Domestic

Photo from 2015

Charcoal Inn Driveway View 2015 (PNG)

Photo from 2015

Charcoal Inn Front View 2015 (PNG)

Photo from 2015

Charcoal Inn Side View 2015 (PNG)


Large rectangular, 2-story, 5-bay core with asphalt shingled, hipped roof, stucco walls, and cantilevered bay centered on 2nd floor of main (east) façade. One story rear extension. The hipped roof has a banded brick chimney near the north slope. Twin residence with #182 at left/south half, #184 at right/north half. A key feature of this rare building type (in W-J), besides the low-hipped roof, is the 2nd-floor octagonal bay. It is centered and cantilevers over-center window below. (Windows on house are replacements, as are doors.) Bay has four sash units with two on the east section. Two other windows on the 2nd level are near the NE and SE corners under the aluminum-clad roof eaves. Entrance doors are aligned with the latter. They open to a wooden deck with stairs and heavy railings. Stairs lead to cement walkways leading to the main sidewalk. There are three sash units between doors. 

Window units vary on the north end but the core has 2 windows at each level aligned. South wall obscured.


The Charcoal Inn was owned by William Teague and William Green, two residents of Princeton. The Charcoal Inn was also known as the meeting place of the “Nemderoloc” – “Colored Men” spelled backwards. This was primarily a social club where new members joined by invitation only. (Source: HPC information)