Building History: David Reid Murchison house

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Submitted: Thu, 02/14/2013 - 3:03am
Updated: Thu, 02/14/2013 - 2:03pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One beautiful home on 3rd Street in Wilmington has had its ups and downs. Literally.

The current owners actually rebuilt the house to its original stature.

Sherry Demas knows her home inside and out.

“It’s Second Empire with a little bit of Italianate,” she said.

It is a beautiful work standing proudly on 3rd Street in downtown Wilmington.

“It was built in 1876 by David Reid Murchison for his wife,” Demas said. “He died about three years after he built the house and his wife and daughter lived on here.”

The Demases bought the historic home and went to work restoring it to its former glory.

“We bought the house in ’97 and were still living in Charlotte and traveled back and forth,” Demas said. “It didn’t have any structural damage. It was mostly cosmetic. We added the third floor back,. They had taken the third floor off about 1900, because they had the money, and they didn’t like the architecture, so we put the third floor back on and the fourth floor bell tower, and we acquired about 1,700 square feet of living space up there.”

Demas brought outside accents inside with ceramic tiles and got a bonus with the property.

“I was very lucky, because before we moved into the house, the Lattimore house used this house as a designer showcase house, and we were able to keep the draperies, and I just moved my furniture into where they had their furniture,” she said.

Many historic homes in the city have connection. This one is no exception.

“This is Eliza De Rosset. She and her husband owned the De Rosset house, which is now the City Club,” Demas said. “Two or three months after we bought the house, we learned that the De Rossets sold the land to the Murchisons to build this house. You can see her warm smile, she is home again.”

Demas loves the Murchison house and enjoys living here every day.

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