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Recent National Register Listings
State Historic Preservation Tax Credits to Sunset at End of 201
Summary of 2012 National Register Listings
North Carolina Featured Among National Trust's Top Preservation Wins
Efforts to Preserve Rosenwald Schools Continue
An Old School Keeps Going
NPS Announces 2012 National Preservation Awards
Farewell to Beth King
Staff in the Field
Worth Saving
The Newsletter of the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office
Events and Awards

For statewide event lists, visit the HPO Facebook event listPreservation North Carolina events list, or a  December 2012-February 2013 courtesy of the Federation of NC Historical Societies.


February 1 National Trust Preservation Funds:  These grants encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. The grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector.  Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive.  Only members of the National Trust at the Forum or Main Street levels are eligible to apply for funding from the National Trust Preservation Fund.  To learn more about the grant program and how to apply go to this page.


February 13 Planning and Environmental Linkages for Historic Preservation Webinar, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Project Development and Environmental Review will host a webinar to present results of a recent nationwide study to identify best practices for integrating planning and environmental review for projects affecting historic resources.  These best practices include programmatic agreements, historic property databases, statewide management plans for historic bridges, and staff liaison programs with State Historic Preservation Offices.  The webinar is designed for FHWA, State DOTs, and local transportation organization engineering, planning, environmental, and historic preservation staffs; State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices; private sector transportation, environmental, and historic preservation firms; and state and local historic preservation organizations that partner with transportation agencies.  Registration for the webinar is now available online.   


April 2 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will present The Advanced Section 106 Seminar in Charlotte at the Dunhill Hotel.  This is a one-day course designed for advanced Section 106 practitioners, including federal agency representatives, project sponsors, and other Section 106 stakeholders.  Contact Cindy Bienvenue, Meeting and Event Manager, at (202) 606-8521 or [email protected] for more information and click here to read the seminar schedule.


April 17-20 National Council on Public History Conference, Ottawa, Canada.  The conference theme is "Knowing your Public(s)-The Significance of Audiences in Public History."  For more information and to register go to this page


May 2-4 16th Annual US/ICOMOS International Symposium, Savannah, GA. The theme is "The Historic Center and the Next City: Envisioning Urban Heritage Evolution." Symposium sessions will provide planners, architects, educators, heritage managers, and preservationists the opportunity to discuss the evolution of our historic urban centers and how they may provide inspiration for the future. For more information, visit or email [email protected].  


May 13-17 National Park Service's 2013 Archaeological Prospection Workshop, Ogallala, NE.  This is the 22nd year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources. Entitled "Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century," it includes lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation and hands-on use of the equipment in the field.  Application forms are available on the Midwest Archeological Center's web pageFor more information, contact Steven L. DeVore by email, or by phone at (402) 437-5392, ext. 141.

Recent National Register Listings

Morrisville Christian Church (Wake County), prepared by R. Spanbauer, listed 11/6/12


Built in 1872-1873, the Morrisville Christian Church has the front-gabled form seen commonly throughout the state, especially in rural settings, with a three-stage bell tower with a cross-gable belfry and projecting gables as elaborations of this form. The church embodies the sense of respectability, refinement, and economy that small, rural congregations sought in the late nineteenth century, as well as the growth and prosperity of small rural villages in Wake County that began to develop with the rise of the railroad in the years following the Civil War. The Town of Morrisville acquired the building in 1976 and used it as a town hall until the early 1990s. After standing vacant for several years, the former church was recently rehabilitated by the Town as a community meeting space.


Hollar Hosiery Mills - Knit-Sox Knitting Mill (Catawba County), prepared by Mattson, Alexander & Associates, listed 12/26/12


Hickory's historic textile industry heyday came with the extraordinary output of dozens of knit hosiery mills during the first half of the 20th century.  Hollar Hosiery Mills - Knit-Sox Knitting Mills was among the top producing historic hosiery companies in the city from the 1930s to the early 1960s.  The mill's two main buildings date from ca. 1930 and ca. 1940, and they have brick walls punctuated by banks of tall, steel sash factory windows, steel truss roof systems, and interiors with open production rooms.


Marion House and Marion Brothers Store (Surry County), prepared by L. Phillips, listed 12/26/12


The two-story frame Neo-Classical Revival-style "Southern Colonial" Marion House was built during three periods: 1861, 1895, and 1913, and is accompanied by thirteen outbuildings, most dating from the 1920s through the 1940s. Downhill from the Marion House is the ca. 1894 two-story brick Marion Brothers Store, which has a simple design with features more typical of urban, rather than rural, stores of the period; it is the only surviving rural example of brick commercial construction in the county.  The store was a commercial hub for Siloam and this section of Surry County.

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Tax Credits to Sunset at End of 2014


Owners and developers of historic properties in North Carolina should be aware that the state historic preservation rehabilitation tax credits are scheduled to sunset (expire) at the end of 2014. This scheduled sunset will affect all three of the state's historic rehabilitation tax credits:

  • Income-producing properties (primarily commercial structures, as well as rental residential)
  • Nonincome-producing properties (primarily owner-occupied dwellings)
  • The specialized historic mill tax credits

More details can be found here

Summary of 2012 National Register Listings

This year the HPO facilitated 32 listings in the National Register of Historic Places. Eight were historic districts, one was a boundary expansion to a previously listed historic district, one was additional documentation for a previously listed historic district, and twenty-two were individual properties. There was a wide range of individual property types listed including seven houses, four religious buildings, including a former parsonage and a tabernacle, one farm complex, one dry cleaning facility, one hospital, two school gymnasiums, two school campuses, one post office/store, one textile mill, one county agricultural building, and one observation tower. The full list can be found here


Most of the individual properties and the contributing resources within each of the historic districts are now eligible for rehabilitation tax credits for certified rehabilitation projects.  

National Trust for Historic Preservation Releases a List of Ten Remarkable Preservation Wins of 2012, North Carolina Rehabilitation Project Makes the Cut

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently released a list of ten terrific achievements in preservation and the rehabilitation of Factory 91 / Wake Forest BioTech Place, in Winston-Salem, was ranked as one of these amazing successes.  The rehabilitation project at Factory 91 / Wake Forest BioTech Place is the largest historic rehabilitation tax credit project, in terms of investment dollars, in North Carolina to date. Click here for the full list and a description of the Factory 91 / Wake Forest BioTech Place project.

Efforts to Preserve Rosenwald Schools Continue


Interest in North Carolina's Rosenwald schools and their preservation remains strong, as indicated by two events in December: a webinar on December 7 sponsored by Wells Fargo and a strategic planning meeting on December 15 in Raleigh.


The two-hour webinar on December 7 was the result of a working relationship forged by Angelo Franceschina with Wells Fargo. Angelo Franceschina's non-profit Rural Initiative, Inc., has worked with several groups on the rehabilitation and adaptive use of Rosenwald schools in North Carolina and elsewhere in the South. In the process, he got to know staff of the Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations Group, which periodically offers training for its staff. Franceschina and Rodrick Banks, a Wells Fargo Vice President and Community Development Officer, coordinated the December 7 webinar with the purpose of educating Wells Fargo community leadership on the history of Rosenwald schools, the status of current preservation efforts, and present and future needs to help preserve the remaining schools.


Webinar presenters were Dr. Tom Hanchett, historian with the Levine Museum of the New South, on the school development program created by Julius Rosenwald; HPO Survey and National Register Branch Supervisor Claudia Brown, on the ongoing survey of North Carolina's Rosenwald schools; and Angelo Franceschina, on several of the school rehabilitation projects with which he has been involved. A portion of "Under the Kudzu," an award-winning film by Claudia Stack on the Canetuck School in Pender County, also was shown. 


Participants in the strategic planning meeting for Rosenwald schools

Participating by phone and via the Internet or in person at Wells Fargo's Charlotte headquarters were approximately twenty Wells Fargo community development officers as well as staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Rosenwald Initiative and the Alabama and Georgia state historic preservation offices; Stephanie Deutsch, author of You Need a Schoolhouse; Melanie Allen, Conservation and Diversity Coordinator with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina; and several alumni of Rosenwald schools in Charlotte and Rowan County. Following the formal presentations, discussion focused on ways in which Wells Fargo can encourage preservation of Rosenwald schools in their respective communities, involve national partners and funds, and promote the development of successful model projects.


The strategic planning meeting on December 15 was both a culmination of meetings initiated over the previous year by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) and the beginning of an organized statewide effort to support preservation of Rosenwald schools. Because land conservation benefits everyone, CTNC strives to involve as many types of people and communities as possible in their work and to incorporate diversity into everything they do. Through their contact over the last few years with many Rosenwald school-affiliated individuals and groups, CTNC recognized the potential for enhancing all of their efforts if a formal network were established. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Melanie Allen, CTNC's Conservation and Diversity Coordinator, led informal meetings and conference calls with people across the state who have been working in various capacities to identify and preserve the schools. All participants agreed that establishment of a network should be pursued. Coordination of a strategic planning meeting to create a mission statement, design the network structure, and develop next action steps was assigned to a program team composed of Melanie Allen; Claudia Brown with the HPO; Jamilla Hawkins, Community and Rural Development Agent for Edgecombe County; Michelle Lanier, Director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; and Caroline Stephenson, C. S. Brown Cultural Arts Center board member. Facilitator Janice McIntyre with the North Carolina Office of State Personnel led a group comprising most of the program team as well as Andre Nabors with the North Carolina Division of Tourism; Bettie Murchison with the North Carolina Rosenwald School Coalition, Carol Shields representing the Hamilton Rosenwald School in Martin County, Margaret Newbold with CTNC, and Sylvia Rivers representing Panther Branch School in Wake County. Participants were led through a series of visioning and other exercises that identified network stakeholders, values, resources, and desired outcomes.

Participants in the strategic planning meeting working with facilitator Janice McIntyre (on left)

By the end of the meeting, the following mission statement had been drafted: "The North Carolina Rosenwald School Network, with integrity and inclusiveness, will collaborate with stakeholders to preserve the history and legacy of Rosenwald Schools by serving as a clearinghouse of knowledge and resources." Those present set deadlines over the next seven months to complete a number of tasks, including writing clear definitions for the network's values, defining "clearinghouse," deciding the network's structure, and defining the network's communication process.


For more information about the network and how to participate, contact Melanie Allen ([email protected]; 919-828-4199 (x21) or Claudia Brown ([email protected]; 919-807-6573).

An Old School Keeps Going

Franklinton High School opened in 1924. The last group of high schoolers moved out to a bigger campus in 2011, having long outgrown the 88-year-old building, but next fall the campus will start a new life as Franklinton Middle School, helping to ease overcrowding at Cedar Creek Middle School in Youngsville.  Keeping the old school will save the Franklin County school district millions. Tommy Piper, Franklin County's assistant superintendent for auxiliary services, figures it would have cost $15 million to $16 million to construct a middle school on a new site rather than rehabilitate the old high school. Click here to read the article.

NPS Announces 2012 National Preservation Awards


Several Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit projects earned honors at the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Award ceremony at the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference held in Spokane, Washington in early November.  Click here for the list of recipients and project descriptions.

Farewell to Beth King


The HPO bids a fond farewell to Beth King, who has been hired by the Wyoming Historic Preservation Office in Cheyenne. Beth was hired in December 2010 and worked in our Greenville office as a temporary survey specialist. She completed the survey of rural Beaufort County and resurveyed the Murfreesboro Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, to create a complete inventory of properties within the district. Thank you for all of your hard work, and good luck in Wyoming!

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