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Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:43am.

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) has unveiled the eleven homes and one historic church for the 2012 Azalea Festival Home Tour on Saturday, April 14, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour this year is a wonderful reflection of the architectural and stylistic diversity of Wilmington's historic districts. In addition to ten inviting houses HWF is pleased to feature Fire Station Number 2 on Fifth Avenue and the Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church. The Italianate Fire House with Dutch Revival detailing was built in 1915 and the 1858 Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church is a wonderful depiction of Carpenter Gothic and Italianate architecture. "The tour offers our citizens the opportunity to visit and enjoy all twelve sites on tour. Please plan to join us this spring. It is a tour not be missed," explained George Edwards, Executive Director. Mayor Bill Saffo, New Hanover County Commissioner Chairman, Ted Davis, Jr. and City Councilman Kevin O'Grady will officially open the tour during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Parsley House on 224 South 3rd Street. Tickets for the tour are $25 and are on sale now at the Azalea Festival Office at 5725 Oleander Drive, online at www.wilmingtontickets.com and at the Historic Wilmington Foundation office at 2011 Market Street. Tickets will be available at all local Harris Teeter stores starting March 21. Tickets can also be purchased day of the event for $30 at any of the homes on the tour. What: 2012 Azalea Festival Home Tour presented by Historic Wilmington Foundation When: Saturday, April 14, 1-6 p.m. & Sunday, April 15, 1-5 p.m. Ribbon Cutting: Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Parsley House, 224 South 3rd Street with complimentary Dairy Queen ice cream. Tickets: Available now for $25 at Azalea Festival Office, Historic Wilmington Office, www.wilmingtontickets.com and Harris Teeter locations beginning March 21. 2012 Home Tour Sites Parsley House, 1857: 224 South 3rd Street Barker-O'Connor House, c. 1896: 517 South Front Street Dudley-Chadbourn House, 1843: 323 South Front Street Ebert-Artis House, c.1938: 206 South 5th Avenue Love House, 1932: 208 South 5th Avenue Fire Station No. 2, 1915: 602 South Fifth Avenue Ulstad House, 2005: 309 Castle Street Way House, 1896: 208 Castle Street Cook-Matthews House, 1882: 108 Castle Street Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church, 1858: 714 Chestnut Street Schaefer House, 1916: 1904 Princess Street Diehl House, c. 1923: 1809 Grace Street All proceeds from the Home Tour will advance the Historic Wilmington Foundation's efforts to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Since 1966, the foundation has successfully saved more than 100 historic properties from demolition.

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