Historic Wilmington Foundation honors homeowners who have preserved past

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Submitted: Fri, 05/20/2011 - 3:38am
Updated: Fri, 05/20/2011 - 12:29pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Historic Wilmington Foundation held its preservation awards ceremony Thursday night. Executive Director George Edwards says the organization helps people through the task of saving and rebuilding historic properties here in our city.

“We have technical services, we get people together with the right kinds of contractors and specialists and we advise people how to use the state and federal tax credits,” Edwards said.

It was a full house for the awards presentation. Old homes are a passion in Wilmington, and they have a lot of help.

Suzanne Stanley received an award for bringing her home back from the brink. She bought the Burns-Huggins House some time ago.

“In 1988, and I had it restored, because it had been condemned by the city many years before,” she said. “Then I just lived in it and went to business and came home and loved my house every minute.”

Stanley rehabbed her home only to have it almost lost to a fire. She made it through that and continues to support her home other people restoring historic property in Wilmington.

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4 Comments on "Historic Wilmington Foundation honors homeowners who have preserved past"

2015 years 8 months ago

I love the “QUAINT” HISTORIC Business District.

If you really study the buildings, they are so old, delapadated and ugly that it isn’t funny.

No one is allowed to update or modernize the buildings…without confering with the ‘society’.

According to the article, Edwards stated, “We have technical services, we get people together with the right kinds of contractors and specialists”

And… that translates to BIG $$$$$$$$$$.

Yeah, that business district is really Quaint!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Restoring old architecture is expensive to do properly. You have to use tradesmen that are very qualified in areas of construction that very difficult to find. Lumber sizes were different in the old days and methods of construction/materials were quite different. Special millwork, stonework, plastering and paint colors are all part of the authenticity. If you want to preserve it properly and accurately, it takes a lot of money, time and special knowledge. The faint of wallet do not qualify.

If you want to see a joke of restoration in a Historic District, simply visit Ol’ Southport. All of their authentication plaques are secured to vinyl siding adjacent to the vinyl doors. Just about as “authentic” as a Kia in a vintage antique ar show.

2015 years 8 months ago

All of the homes in our Historic District are genuine…..adjoining a genuine dump of a ghetto…..and enjoying genuine rats the size of cocker spaniels.

Hmmmm…..maybe some people choose vinyl over criminals and vermin?

2015 years 8 months ago

I am very much in favor of homes being restored in the Historic District.

My point is that the so called HISTORIC Downtown Business District is not pretty, not clean, no matter how many times Front Street changes from one way to two way traffic patterns. The coolest look was the old clock in front of the jewelry store, which is gone now, right?

Give me the Southport look along front street anyday! I’d say that it appears to be very CLEAN and may invite new businesses, and attract tourists who hang around a lot longer, and a better class of local citizens who do not throw-up in the trees, alleys, stairwells every night.

Get rid of the DIRTY WINDOWED store fronts, the BLACK TILE because it fits into your world and Modernize! It is okay to have a dichotomy of mediums.

And…dissing Southport because I dissed our business district that is forced to maintain historically correct architecture shows that you are a Snob!
Your verbiage, “VINTAGE Antique” locks it in.