The Hart-Zander house was built around 1897 by newlyweds Luther V. Hart and Annie Cotton Hart, both descendents of prominent Edgecombe County planters. Situated on land once part of the expansive Pippen Estate, the house was originally a simple, center-hall cottage style home with straight column porch. The exterior was dramatically enhanced around 1908 by the second owners, Joseph Zander and Esther Kreslowski Zander, prominent Jewish merchants in Tarboro. The charming Queen Anne Victorian flourishes added to the house are attributed to the well-known architect, John Christie Stout (1860-1921) of Wilson and Rocky Mount, NC.
The house features a steeply pitched tri-gable roof, flanked by two tall brick chimneys. Each of the three-pitched gables are elaborately decorated with Victorian bric-a-brac; and each one has a stained glass window in the eaves covered with lattice. Decorative moldings and trim include fishscales, dental molding, and pinwheels all around the gables, roofline, and porch.