Trabue-Cobb House, c.1925

603 E. Franklin Street


Chapel Hill homebuilder, Brodie Thompson, constructed the Trabue-Cobb House for Marion Rex Trabue and his wife, Emma S. Trabue, in 1925. During the 1920s and 1930s, Brodie Thompson was one of Chapel Hill’s finest homebuilders. He built numerous homes around town, five fraternity houses, as well as numerous buildings on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. The lot where the home rests was one of three cut from the edge of the property of Horace Williams. M.R. Trabue was a professor of education at UNC and later became the director of the program. The Cobb of the home comes from Collier Cobb Jr., who purchased the home with his wife, Emma Estes Cobb, in 1944. Cobb, the son of Collier Cobb Sr. (professor of geology at UNC and photographer), was a successful insurance and construction security bondsman.