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The Newsletter of the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office

J. M. Miller Hardware Store and Funeral Home, Alexander County,
added to NC's National Register Study List in 2005

Recent National Register Listings


Cockerham Mill, Ashe County, prepared by S. Wyatt, listed 12/10/14


Located east of the county seat of Jefferson, the Cockerham Mill is an intact complex including the ca. 1884-1899 mill and dry-laid stone dam, ca. 1899 miller's house, 1912 miller's house and barn, and a ca. 1920 molasses cooking shed. As one of only four extant nineteenth-century mills in Ashe County-whose economy once relied heavily on milling-the Cockerham Mill is the best preserved example of a buhr stone-type mill and is significant in the county's industrial history.


Garland Scott and Toler Moore Tucker House, Wake County, prepared by C. de Miranda, listed 12/10/14


The Garland Scott and Toler Moore Tucker House is an imposing example of the Southern Colonial Revival style in Raleigh. Tucker, a successful Raleigh businessman, owned a chain of furniture stores in eastern North Carolina. The then-fashionable 1914 frame house with its distinctive semi-circular monumental Ionic entrance portico stands out among the city's classical revival style houses.  


Wachovia Building Company Contemporary Ranch House, Wake County, prepared by C. de Miranda, listed 12/10/14


This 1951 contemporary Ranch house is individually important for its distinctive Ranch house design, and it has retained a very high level of integrity from the original construction. The house is named after the construction company responsible for its design, and is one of several houses that developer Ed Richards and the Wachovia Building Company had built on speculation in the up and coming Cameron Village neighborhood. The rectangular-shaped house is oriented perpendicular to the street, rather than parallel, as most Ranch houses were.


Jacob S. Mauney Memorial Library and Teacher's Home, Cleveland County, prepared by D. Hood, listed 12/16/15


Located in a residential neighborhood just east of downtown Kings Mountain, the Jacob S. Mauney Memorial Library and Teachers' Home was constructed circa 1923 as a monumental Southern Colonial Revival-style residence for a local physician.  In 1947, the house was purchased by the children of local industrialist Jacob S. Mauney and donated to the Town of Kings Mountain for use as a public library and teacherage.  With a period of significance from 1947 to 1964, the property is significant for education and social history in Kings Mountain.


Rehabilitation Highlights


Buncombe County, Asheville, Noland Motor Company Building


The ca. 1926 Noland Motor Company Building in the Downtown Asheville Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2014 for a new use as a restaurant and nightclub. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with an estimated private investment rehabilitation cost of $924,000.


Noland Motor Company Building, before and after rehabilitation


Carteret County, Beaufort, 211 Turner Street


The ca. 1882 Gothic Revival-style house in the Beaufort Historic District went through a major rehabilitation 2013-2014 to restore the original features and finishes that had been covered during a 1950s renovation. The building is now used as a tourist home. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $235,000.


211 Turner Street, Beaufort, before and after rehabilitation



Durham County, Durham, John Mathes House


The ca. 1915 John Mathes House with 1920s Craftsman-style modifications in the East Durham Historic District was rehabilitated in 2014 for continued single-family rental residential use. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $64,000.


John Mathes House, before and after rehabilitation


*Please remember that the deadline for the FY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund grant applications is approaching. The postmark deadline for applications is February 27th. Visit our grants website for more information.*


DCR Secretary Susan Kluttz Promotes Gov. McCrory's Rehabilitation Tax Credit Proposal 



City Hospital-Gaston Memorial Hospital, a success rehabilitation tax credit project in Gastonia

NC Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz wants the General Assembly to reinstate a historic tax credits program. Kluttz said Governor Pat McCrory's proposal for a revised program would cost less than the one that was in place from 1998 until it was allowed to expire at the end of 2014. The GOP-led legislature decided last year that the program was too costly and ineffective. She and the governor have worked for the past six months with the Department of Commerce to come up with the current proposal and plan to roll it out in the coming weeks before the legislative long session begins in Raleigh. Click here and here for more information about the Secretary's efforts.


HPO Office Hosts Environmental Review Webinar 


By Amber Kidd 

CDBG-funded rehabilitation in the North Cherry
Historic District, Winston-Salem


On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 the HPO hosted a webinar for staffers of the twenty-nine North Carolina "Entitlement" communities that manage US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Programs. Use of the webinar format eliminated travel costs and time and allowed the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) to reach a larger audience.


Over forty individuals participated in the training, led by Renee Gledhill-Earley and Amber E. Kidd of the Environmental Review Branch. Lenwood Smith, Environmental Officer, HUD, was in attendance to provide his regulatory expertise.


The training reviewed Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and discussed ways Coordinators, Administrators, Directors, and Managers of CDBG, HOME, and other HUD programs could ensure undertakings funded through these programs remain compliant with the Act.


Certified Local Governments (CLG), established under the NHPA, were encouraged to build their staff's preservation capacity and move towards a Programmatic Agreement (PA) for HUD programs. PA provisions for local review, by qualified preservation professionals, have helped expedite projects and reduced adverse effects on historic properties.   


The HPO's Environmental Review Branch hopes to provide additional training opportunities in the upcoming year, "reset" PAs with seven Entitlement/CLG communities, and move more communities towards PAs.


NC Preservationist and Former HPO Intern Bill Ferguson Passes Away 


William Luby Bill Ferguson, a preservationist and former Restoration Services Branch intern, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014. While a student at Georgetown University, Bill began working on old townhouses and realized that historic preservation combined his interests in history, architecture, and hands-on carpentry skills. In 1980 he moved to Boston to spend a decade restoring homes on Beacon Hill and in Back Bay, Newton, and Hyde Park. Bill attended Mary Washington College, one of the first schools to offer a degree in Historic Preservation, and earned a Master's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania before relocating to Rocky Mount in 1997. Bill enjoyed a thriving career in Eastern North Carolina on projects that included Stonewall Manor, Bracebridge Hall, Oaky Grove, the Power Plant, Bryan Drugstore, mill houses at Rocky Mount Mills, and many private homes in the area. His research also helped convince the Rocky Mount City Council that the Imperial Tobacco complex could be transformed into a cultural center, and the complex is now The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. He, and his contributions to historic preservation in NC, will be missed. Click here for his obituary.


Carol Shull, former Keeper of the National Register. Photo courtesy of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program.

Carol Shull, Longtime Keeper of the National Register, Retires     


Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places Carol Shull retired on January 3 after 43 years with the National Park Service. Dr. Stephanie Toothman, known to many in the Pacific Northwest for work at the NPS Regional Office in Seattle, has assumed the title of Keeper of the National Register in addition to her role as Associate Director of Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science for the NPS. Click here for more information.


For Your Entertainment and Edification...

  • Families who donated their ancestral homes to the National Trust for use as historic sites have been speaking about their time at the homes. Here is the first interview in the series, with David Finley Williams remembering his childhood visits to Oatlands in Leesburg, VA.

Events, Awards, and Grants 


For statewide events lists, visit the HPO Facebook events list, Preservation North Carolina events list, or a December 2014 - February 2015 calendar of events and workshop and conference list courtesy of the Federation of NC Historical Societies.


2015 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation training schedule is now available Visit this page for registration details and pricing. Please contact Cindy Bienvenue at if you have any questions.


2015 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training workshop and event list is available here


February 9-12 Engineering for Historic Timber Framing Workshop, Natchitoches, LA. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is partnering with the Preservation Trades Network, the Association for the Preservation Historic Natchitoches, and the Friends of NCPTT on this workshop investigating the engineering issues facing historic timber structures. For more information go to this page.    


February 12 National Register Advisory Committee meeting, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Department of Cultural Resources Building, 109 E. Jones Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room,  Raleigh.

February 18   Preservation commission training, Greensboro. The City of Greensboro and the NC State Historic Preservation Office are co-sponsoring a one-day training session to be held in the auditorium of the Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Avenue. Join HPO staff, commissioners, preservation commission staff, and interested members of the public for a day of training on key subjects such as meeting policy, procedures, ethics, and conduct; case studies of old vs. new wood; tours, and more. This training is free. Click here to register or contact Stefan-leih Geary by phone at 336-412-6300.    


February 21 Finding Your African-American Ancestors, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, Department of Cultural Resources Building, Room 208, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh. This session introduces research techniques for finding African-American ancestors prior to 1870 and will discuss slave laws during this time period as well as what materials are available at both the Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives. Admission is free. To register please visit the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library in person, call (919)807-7450, or email This program is part of the Saturday genealogy workshop series sponsored by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.       


March 18-20  NC Main Street Conference, Morganton, NC. View the complete agenda and register here  


March 30 - April 2 National Main Streets Conference, Atlanta, GA.  With the  theme "TEAM Main Street: Teamwork and Entrepreneurship across Main Street,"  the conference will focus on bringing partners together to foster new ideas for building economic, financial, and business development successes. For the latest news and information, sign up for conference email alerts here.  


April 13 Harry Rosenblatt Memorial Speakers' Series, "Heritage at Work for All Generations: Project Snapshots of Preserving Places that Matter," 5:30 PM at Shepard-Pruden Library, Edenton. Reid Thomas, HPO restoration specialist, will be the speaker. For more information call 252-482-4112.


April 13-16 Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium, Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Focusing primarily on the history, use, and preservation of materials found in Mid-Century Modern architecture, the three-day symposium will provide in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of these structures. Special emphasis will be on modern architectural metals, but presentations on other materials, such as concrete and curtain wall structures, will be included. The call for papers/posters and registration information can be found at this page.


April 15-18 National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. This year's conference is organized around the theme of "History on the Edge" and will offer a program of sessions, tours, working groups, keynote addresses, and workshops. Visit this page for more information and to read the full conference program.


June 17-19 National Rosenwald Schools Conference: Sharing the Past → Shaping the Future, Durham, NC. Riding the wave of the wildly successful 2012 Centennial Rosenwald Schools conference in Tuskegee, AL, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with the NC Department of Cultural Resources, Preservation Durham, the Conservation Trust of North Carolina, and others to sponsor a second national Rosenwald schools conference that will feature thirty educational sessions, poster sessions, field sessions at area schools, and other thematic tours. For more information in the coming months, see this page. Click here to sign up to receive conference updates by email.


Adventures in Preservation is a non-profit that offers trips to heritage sites around the world to teach participants conservation and preservation skills while helping conserve historic sites. Please see the schedule on their website for trips in 2015, including one in Virginia that features archaeology and preservation. Visit the organization's website for more. 


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