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The 1730s St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, Beaufort County, was listed in the National Register in 1970 and is the oldest church in the state.
Recent National Register Listings


Stone Hedge, Polk County, prepared by A. Cole and C. Griffith, listed 4/21/15


Located in the vicinity of Tryon in Polk County, Stone Hedge was constructed circa 1935 as the rural estate of Thomas and Lillian Costa.  Stone Hedge is significant in the architectural history of Tryon and Polk County for its distinctive use of stone. The property includes a two-story main residence reminiscent of a rustic Italian villa, one-story guest house, and two-story pool/guest house, all of which were built of uncoursed stone.  The property is well-landscaped, with an in-ground pool and stone walls, terraces, and steps that connect the buildings and other features.  The integrated use of stone construction on the house and associated buildings and landscape elements reinforces the cohesive design of the estate, which was influenced by Tryon's image as a popular mountain retreat and seasonal tourist destination.


United States Post Office, Cleveland County, prepared by D. Hood, listed 4/29/15


The United States Post Office in Kings Mountain is significant in the political and architectural history of Kings Mountain.  The well-preserved Colonial Revival-style building erected in 1939-1940 was designed by the Office of the Supervising Architect of the U. S. Treasury Department and constructed by the Greensboro-based firm of L. B. Gallimore, Incorporated.  The building remained in use as a post office until November 1986, when postal service operations were relocated to a newly-built post office building.  The 1939-1940 building was later acquired by the City of Kings Mountain and has housed the Kings Mountain Historical Museum since 2000.


Ashe County Memorial Hospital, Ashe County, prepared by J. Martin, listed 4/28/15


The Ashe County Memorial Hospital is significant in the architectural and political history of Ashe County as a largely intact public health facility constructed through the efforts of local leaders who raised funds to supplement the contributions of the Works Progress Administration and the Duke Endowment near the end of the Great Depression. The original building, erected in stone with modest Colonial Revival-style details, dates to 1941. In 1952, the county constructed a Modernist-influenced brick addition designed by Asheville architect Lindsey Madison Gudger. The Ashe County Memorial Hospital served the county's residents from November 1941 to 1970 when a new, modern hospital was opened south of Jefferson.


James H. and Anne B. Willis House, Guilford County, prepared by H. Fearnbach, listed 4/23/15


James Willis and his wife Anne hired the Greensboro architecture firm Loewenstein-Atkinson to design their Modern style house in 1965 in the Irving Park neighborhood. Edward Loewenstein had had a successful practice in Greensboro since 1946, and in partnership with Robert Atkinson Jr. from 1953. They designed both period revival houses and Modern houses. The Willis House is architecturally significant for its expression of distinctive characteristics of Modern house design:  its long, low front gable roofline, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plan, and exposed beam structural system.   


R. F. Outen Pottery, Mecklenburg County, prepared by S. Mayer, listed 4/24/15


The R. F. Outen Pottery is locally important for the handmade pottery operation of Rufus F. Outen from 1952 to 1965 and for the design of the 1952 oil-burning rectangular downdraft kiln. Outen learned to throw pots from his father, who owned the commercial Matthews Pottery, and by the 1940s Rufus and his brother Gordon were running the pottery. Rufus decided to sell his share in the business as he wanted to make hand-thrown utilitarian pottery. In 1952, he built his own workshop and a smaller version of the large downdraft kilns at the Matthews Pottery. Outen produced pieces that were based on historic pottery designs--butter churns, crocks, pitchers, rabbit water bowls, and pots. He used an Albany slip glaze creating a rich, dark brown color.


Erwin Commercial Historic District, Harnett County, prepared by J. Martin, listed 4/27/15


The Erwin Commercial Historic District includes thirteen early to mid-twentieth-century brick commercial buildings that chronicle the mill town's early history, beginning with its founding in 1903 for Erwin Cotton Mills, a textile company owned by the Duke family of Durham. A location near the Cape Fear River and the surrounding abundant fields of cotton ensured the growth and development of the town. With its service and retail establishments, the commercial district served townspeople, who were primarily workers at the mill, as well as farmers in the surrounding area. The architecturally significant collection of buildings exhibits the predominant architectural types and forms executed in the business districts of small railroad towns in North Carolina's Sandhills region from the first decade of the twentieth century through the 1960s.


Belhaven Commercial Historic District, Beaufort County, prepared by S. Argintar, listed 4/24/15


The Belhaven Commercial Historic District comprises thirteen largely intact buildings erected to house banks, drug stores, general stores, and movie theaters. As Belhaven's primary commercial center, the district is significant for its expression of the town's commercial development during the first six and one-half decades of the twentieth century and for its collection of buildings primarily representative of small-town commercial architecture of the first two decades of the century.


Westview Cemetery, Anson County, prepared by R. Mattson and F. Alexander, listed 4/29/15


The original one-acre plot of Westview Cemetery is of local historical importance for its association with African American social history in Wadesboro. The cemetery is located on the edge of the town's African American neighborhood and very likely is the oldest extant historic resource associated with Wadesboro's African American community. It was established in 1898 by a black burial club, although oral tradition maintains that the area was already serving as the town's black cemetery. Two gravestones dating to 1890 and 1896 are in the oldest part of the cemetery.


Flyway Club, Currituck County, prepared by J. Martin, listed 5/12/15


Flyway Club is one of a small number of remaining fowl hunting lodges established in the early twentieth century in the northeast corner of North Carolina. Composed of a large late 1920s farm building and a large two-story, multi-gabled hunting lodge from 1960, it stands on the east shore of the Currituck Sound in Currituck County. Established on the isolated island in 1920, the lodge burned on Christmas Eve 1958, but was rebuilt in 1960 with exterior massing similar to the original, although with weatherboard siding instead of the original shingle sheathing. The interior is nearly the same as the 1920 building, with minor modifications. The farm building, constructed from 1928 to 1930, is a rare surviving local example of a substantial outbuilding designed both to contribute to the operation of the estate and to house workers who labored at Flyway Club.


Dr. Ezekiel Ezra Smith House, Cumberland County, prepared by M. Michael, listed 5/13/15


Dr. Ezekiel Ezra (E. E.) Smith was the guiding force behind the growth and development of the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville, now Fayetteville State University. Founded in 1867 as the Howard School, it was the first public normal school for African American teachers in North Carolina and the first such state-sponsored teacher training institution in the South. Dr. Smith served as principal of the school for nearly fifty years, until 1933. In 1902 he purchased two city lots and had the large Queen Anne-style house built for his family. He resided there from 1902 to 1909, when he moved to housing at the new expanded college campus. The house is owned by the City of Fayetteville, which is working with a local group of citizens interested in the rehabilitation of the property. 

Rehabilitation Highlights  


Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Factory #64 Complex


The early twentieth-century R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Factory #64 Complex comprises an entire block in the Winston-Salem Tobacco Historic District. The 430,000 square foot, four-building complex was rehabilitated 2011-2014 for mixed-use retail and residential with amenities and includes 244 market-rate apartments. This project was spurred by the use of the federal historic and state mill income-producing historic tax credits with an estimated private investment rehabilitation cost of $43,596,000.


R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Factory #64 Complex, before and after rehabilitation


Pitt County, Greenville, 201-205 East Fifth Street


The ca. 1920 commercial building at 201-205 East Fifth Street in the Greenville Commercial Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2014 for three retail tenants. This project, done in conjunction with two adjacent buildings, was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with an estimated private investment rehabilitation cost of $348,000.
201-205 E. Fifth Street, Greenville, before and after rehabilitation



Pitt County, Greenville, 207 East Fifth Street


The ca. 1925 commercial building at 207 East Fifth Street in the Greenville Commercial Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2014 for office use. This project, done in conjunction with two adjacent buildings, was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with an estimated private investment rehabilitation cost of $1,336,000.

207 E. Fifth Street, Greenville, before and after rehabilitation



Pitt County, Greenville, 417 Cotanche Street


The ca. 1916 commercial building at 417 Cotanche Street in the Greenville Commercial Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2014 for commercial use. This project, done in conjunction with two adjacent buildings, was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with an estimated private investment rehabilitation cost of $990,000.

417 Cotanche Street, Greenville, before and after rehabilitation



Buncombe County, Asheville, Jones House at Biltmore Estate


The late nineteenth-century Jones House is one of two houses on the Biltmore Estate that predate the construction of the Biltmore house. Rehabilitated in 2014, the former farmhouse now functions as a clubhouse facility, with classroom space. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $331,000. 


Jones House, before and after rehabilitation



Buncombe County, Asheville, Mardis Building


The West Asheville-Aycock School Historic District was expanded in 2014 to include the 1925 Mardis Building after the 1970s veneer covering the fa�ade was removed. This newly certified historic structure was rehabilitated in 2013-2014 for retail and restaurant spaces in the four first-floor bays, with ten apartments on the second floor. 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 $1,228,000. 


Mardis Building, before and after rehabilitation



Catawba County, Hickory, Southern Railroad Passenger Depot


The 1912 Southern Railroad Passenger Depot in the Hickory Southwest Downtown Historic District was the third railroad station constructed in Hickory and is architecturally similar to other Piedmont stations of the period. The building operated as a passenger station until passenger service ended in the 1960s and was renovated as a restaurant in 1987. Vacant since 2001, the station was purchased and rehabilitated from 2010 to 2013 as a new restaurant by the current owners. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $635,000. 


Southern Railroad Passenger Depot, before and after rehabilitation



Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, 705 North Main Street


The ca. 1928 commercial building at 705 North Main Street in the Downtown North Historic District was rehabilitated in 2014 for commercial and office space. 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 $200,000.


705 N. Main Street, Winston-Salem, before and after rehabilitation

Nash County, Spring Hope, Valentine-Wilder House


This project resulted in the preservation of the Rustic Revival-style, ca. 1925 Valentine-Wilder House, also known as "Gourd Hollow." Built from trees on the property, the log house and outbuildings were rehabilitated in 2013-2014 for continued use as a rental residence. This historic rehabilitation was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment cost of $258,000.


Valentine-Wilder House, before and after rehabilitation


Rowan County, Salisbury, Hedrick Motor Company Building


Built between 1922 and 1931, the Hedrick Motor Company Building in the Salisbury Historic District was rehabilitated in 2012 to 2014 for retail use and parking on the first floor, with continued office use on the second floor. 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 $1,091,000.

Hedrick Motor Company, before and after rehabilitation


Wake County, Raleigh, Pure Food Grocery


The 1930s Pure Food Grocery in the Glenwood-Brooklyn Historic District was rehabilitated in 2014 for use as an interior design studio. 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 $168,000.


Pure Food Grocery, before and after rehabilitation 

Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Fayetteville

Can You Help Us?

The HPO is looking for examples of modernist architecture in your community, specifically post-1945 structures, in an effort to initiate the process for a statewide thematic architectural survey. We are interested in banks, residences, city halls, libraries, places of worship, etc. Please send any suggestions to [email protected]. Images, documentary or current, are always appreciated. 


HPO Photographer Bill Garrett Retires


Bill Garrett at the Executive Mansion

HPO photographer Bill Garrett started working at the Office of Archives and History photography lab in 1994, coming to us from another state agency. His photography work in those early days included processing many types of roll film and 4 x 5 sheet film, printing contact sheets and prints, and copying and processing slide film. He also did studio photography on the side. When Bill went on DCR photography assignments across the state he would carry a huge 4 x 5 view camera for the black and white images and a 35mm camera for slides. Bill says he misses some of the early format work and especially his time in the darkroom after digital photography became so prevalent. His favorite aspect of the job was always the creative end of editing black and white prints to be as clear and attractive as he could make them and says that there is definitely an art to that process. Around 1996 the photography lab got its first computer and a taste of digital imagery. The first digital camera for the lab was a Kodak DC120 with a whopping 2 MB image file size. "We were cutting edge! The transition from conventional photography to digital photography has been amazing." he says.


Bill was able to see a great deal of our state through a camera lens. "It was a good ride!" Bill says.  For us too, Bill. 


Thanks for helping the HPO to record the beauty and history of our state so well, for so long, and with such an ever present smile. We wish you well in your future adventures. Just keep taking pictures to share along the way. 


University Honors DCR Archaeologist Lea Abbott


Lea Abbott with UNC-G 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

On April 9 Lawrence E. (Lea) Abbott, assistant state archaeologist with the NC Office of State Archaeology, was presented with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Department of Anthropology. 


Lea graduated from UNC-G with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 and subsequently did his graduate work at Wake Forest University.  After years in the private sector, Lea joined the staff of the Office of State Archaeology in 2005.


Congratulations, Lea!


Southeast SHPO Regional Meeting                                                       

By Ramona Bartos

Downtown Tallahassee, FL, streetscape


In early June, four members of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, to attend the Southeast State Historic Preservation Office (SESHPO) Regional Meeting. Among the North Carolina attendees were Jessica Dockery and Annie McDonald, Preservation Specialists from the Survey and National Register Branch; Preservation Commission Services/CLG Coordinator Laurie Mitchell; and Ramona Bartos, Administrator. This two-day meeting was the first such convocation since North Carolina hosted the last SESHPO regional meeting in mid-2012 in Asheville.


Hosted by the Florida Division of Historical Resources, the meeting presented an opportunity for sister states to share successes and challenges in the realm of historic preservation, learn more about individual states' efforts to forge ahead with comprehensive GIS enterprises for historic resource mapping, state historic tax credit programs, and to strengthen our partnership with our federal counterparts at the National Park Service. Individual disciplines within each state office engaged in breakout sessions, including staff in the fields of archaeology, environmental review (Section 106 professionals), and National Register/Architectural Survey. A number of National Park Service staff who work in historic preservation in the Southeast also participated.

Of extreme interest was the experience of various states - particularly Louisiana and Mississippi - with how historic preservation fares in terms of disaster recovery and preparation. Louisiana and Mississippi continue to deal with post-Katrina issues, nearly a decade after that storm made landfall. Ramona Bartos shared the Department of Cultural Resources's recent efforts to strengthen our agency's integration into the State Emergency Management program and made a presentation about how historic preservation and archival protection are being included in North Carolina's disaster preparation, recovery, and mitigation efforts.


Every state office in the Southeast was represented except for Arkansas and Kentucky.  


State Program Oversees History on a Stick

By Ansley Wegner, DCR Research Historian


Pauli Murray marker dedication in Durham

Affectionately referred to as "History on a Stick," the state historical marker program has been around since 1935. With the goal of educating travelers about the history of our great state, the program has erected nearly 1,600 signs, all presenting snippets of history with statewide significance in a very abbreviated format. To learn more about the program, follow this link 


Click here to visit the historical marker website. 



What's Old Is New on the HPOWEB Mapping Website

By Andrew Edmonds

New Bern, shown on HPOWEB with a historic map overlay

One benefit of using Geographic Information System (GIS) computer mapping software is the ability to overlay historic paper maps on contemporary aerial imagery. The HPOWEB mapping website now provides users the opportunity to view over a dozen maps published between 1865 and 1929 in this manner. Read HPO GIS Technical Support Analyst Andy Edmonds' post on the HPO blog to learn more about this new research tool. 


Rehabilitation Tax Credits Used to Restore Unusual Gothic Revival-Style House in Beaufort 

By John Wood  

211 Turner Street, after rehabilitation


Beaufort's most exuberant example of a Gothic Revival-style residence was recently restored using the state and federal rehabilitation tax credits.  When the nondescript historic house at 211 Turner St. was purchased, the owners did not realize the architectural gem that was hidden beneath layers of synthetic siding.  A series of architectural investigations by HPO Restoration Specialist John Wood revealed the building's original configuration and finishes.  The forensic analysis of the building enabled the owners to restore missing features, including the first floor of a central projecting bay and A. J. Downing-inspired window hoods.  To read the full story, follow this link. 


Owners of Seven Oaks, Asheville, Receive Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County's Griffin Award 


By Annie McDonald


Seven Oaks, after rehabilitation

Located in West Asheville, the ca. 1875 house known as Seven Oaks has been lovingly rehabilitated and, after its presentation at the June National Register Advisory Committee, is awaiting a decision regarding National Register listing by the National Park Service. Once threatened by years of neglect and condemned by the local building inspector, this unusual example of the Italianate style in Asheville has made a beautiful recovery. For more information about the house and the award, follow this link.  

2015 Federal Historic Preservation Fund Grant Awards Announced


The recipients of the 2015 fiscal year federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) pass-through grants from the HPO have been selected through a competitive process. This year $95,050 in federal grant support was awarded to eleven historic preservation projects in nine counties around the state for 2015.

Each year, HPF grants are awarded by the HPO through the National Park Service's Certified Local Government Program. This preservation partnership between local, state, and national governments focuses on promoting historic preservation at the grassroots level by helping communities to save the irreplaceable historic character of places. The HPO will both monitor and provide technical assistance for each project. The Historic Preservation Fund is a federal matching grant program administered jointly by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the state Historic Preservation Office.


Click here for the full list of award recipients.     


Historic Wilmington Foundation 2015 Annual Awards Honor Preservationists


Everett Lewis received an award for his restoration of Black Rock Plantation House in Columbus County. The house was listed in the National Register in 2014.

This year's Historic Wilmington Foundation Preservation Awards ceremony was held on May 22 at the historic New Hanover County Courthouse as part of their National Preservation Month offerings. The awards celebrate local preservation efforts that inspire and engage the public and help achieve the goal of using our historic resources to improve the quality of life in the lower Cape Fear region. 

The awards recognize restoration, rehabilitation, compatible new development, preservation leadership, and individual contributions to the field.  One of the foundation's highest awards, the Katherine Howell Award, honors the contributions of a person to the furtherance of the foundation's mission, and this year's recipient is David P. Thomas of DP Thomas Construction. Click here for the  press release.


Makers of Texas Pete Hot Sauce Moving Corporate HQ to Historic Winston-Salem Building

Nash-Bolich Building, Winston-Salem

T. W. Garner Food Co., the makers of Texas Pete Hot Sauce, which was created in North Carolina, has signed a twelve-year lease for the use of the 14,500-square-foot second floor of the historic Nash-Bolich Building off Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem. Click here to learn more about this North Carolina manufacturer and its plans for the rehabilitation of the historic building: 


Historic Wilmington Foundation Opens Salvage 


Preservation of a building is not always

possible, but if it has to come down, we are so glad to know that it can be 

salvaged to live on in another place for another time. The Historic Wilmington Foundation is rejoining the Historic Salisbury Foundation, Preservation Greensboro, and others by addressing this issue with a salvage outlet. Along with the store, the foundation is planning to host future training programs, such as historic window repair or painting doors that contain lead-based paint to safely encapsulate the older paint. The foundation is planning an early August grand opening for Legacy Architectural Salvage. The operation is leasing about 2,000 square feet at the rear of Stevens Hardware Co. at 1831 Dawson St. More information can be found here on the foundation website.   


Hope Mills Cemetery Will Not Be Moved From Site of Proposed Walmart


Grave markers at the cemetery. Photo courtesy of

Bohler Engineering, the developer for a proposed Walmart at Legion and Elk roads in Hope Mills, has notified Mayor Jackie Warner that it will not try to move recently discovered historic graves from the property. The developer, landowner, and Walmart have agreed to reconfigure the site plans for Walmart's Neighborhood Market to avoid disturbing the century-old graves. More information about the cemetery and the struggle to protect it can be found here: 


History Wilmington Foundation Needs Tour Guides for School Groups


The Historic Wilmington Foundation is continuing its partnership with New Hanover County Schools to educate Wilmington youth about the history of the city that they call home. The Tar Heels Go Walking program has been serving the community for six years and is in need of new volunteer tour guides.  More information can be found in this press release if you are interested in volunteering.  


Rosenwald School Program Product of Racism, Led to Cross-Racial Cooperation


Cover of Community School Plans, Bulletin No. 3, from the Julius Rosenwald Fund. Photo courtesy of

The Rosenwald School program only happened due to rampant racism in the American South. Schools for African American students were not a priority for white school officials or politicians and the Rosenwald Fund sought to overcome this neglect. But it did more than that. It forced cooperation between the two groups. Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington worked together toward a common goal. African American parents and white school officials collectively raised money to build the schools and sometimes worked together to raise the buildings. These were not easy alliances, but much good came of them. Today, concerned African American and white preservationists work together to preserve and restore these tangible reminders that such cooperation can happen and can have wonderful results. A recent column on this theme, inspired by the 2015 National Rosenwald School Conference recently held in Durham, can be read here:


Main Street Fa�ade Improvement Grants

Positively Affect Economy

Wisconsin Main Street recently partnered with the University of 

Wisconsin Extension on an updated 2014 study of the economic 

impact of storefront improvements. The resulting report

"An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements: A Selection of Wisconsin Case Studies," although not examining a statistically significant sample, provides insights on the value of property improvements from the perspective of the individual property or business owner. The results confirmed that even a small investment in the exterior of a property has measurable impacts on business sales as well as on the ability of a business to attract new customers. The vast majority of businesses (80%) saw an increase in the number of first time customers, with an average of 10% more new customers. An even larger number (90%) experienced increased overall sales, with an average increase of 20%. A summary of the findings of the study can be found at this link


National Trust Releases 2015 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Since 1988, the National Trust has used its annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places to raise awareness about the threats facing some of the nation's greatest treasures. The list, which has identified more than 250 sites to date, has been so successful in galvanizing preservation efforts that only a handful of the sites have been lost. See the complete list of sites and find out how you can take action to save them.


Journalist Retraces John Lawson's Trek Through the Carolinas


John Lawson. Photo courtesy

Steve Huler, a journalist and author living in Raleigh, has been retracing John Lawson's 1700-1701 trip from Charleston, South Carolina, through the back country of North Carolina, and then east to Washington, North Carolina, a distance of approximately 550 miles. Several days a week with returns to his home in between, Huler has been retracing by canoe and on foot the route Lawson took .  More than halfway toward an expected finish in the late summer, Huler posts updates to his "Lawson Trek" website and his blog on the Scientific American website, and the end product of the journey will be his own book, "A Delicious Country," a phrase Lawson used at least twice. More information about both trips can be found here:


For  Your Entertainment and Edification...

  • Our office and our partners create historic contexts for National Register nominations and historic places in North Carolina. The complete list can be found at this link. Perhaps not light summer reading but a great way to learn more about North Carolina history.
  • Advocacy 101 Guide: After attending a session at the 2015 National Rosenwald School Conference held in Durham, in June, Laurie Mitchell, HPO Preservation Commission Services/CLG Coordinator, compiled a guide for advocacy based on a conference presentation by Harvard Fellow Derwin Dubose. Dubose's example exercise here may also get your group thinking.   
  • The National Trust's PreservationNation blog has posted a series of interviews with Jim Gabbert, one of the historians for the National Park Service and North Carolina's National Register reviewer, about the National Register program and is meant to be a guide that answers basic questions about the program. Watch the videos on this website
  • Follow this link to a research tool for those trying to track African American genealogy or movement throughout the U.S.
  • Slow Road is a documentary film series dedicated to rediscovering Main Streets and forgotten places across the United States and the film directors are working in conjunction with the National Main Street Center to that end. For more information or to watch video follow this link:
  • Learn about authentic colors and sinks for restoring 1940s kitchens on this website
  • Remember the pink bathroom? There is now a movement to save them. See photos of pink bathrooms here and learn more here
  • A brief history of bank building architecture can be found on this website.
  • has created an architectural tourist's guide to the country, which can be found on this website. 
  • A timely piece on the evolution of interpretation at Drayton Hall,SC can be found on this website
  • People often ask why preservationists are interested in mid-century modern architecture. South Carolina has an answer for them at this link.
  • Like crowd-sourcing and want to use it to engage people in preservation? This artist used the idea to learn more about water around Charlotte, but what if you asked about buildings or neighborhoods?:
  • A presentation at the 2015 Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri, explored the influence of space age technology on construction and architectural design. A link to a video of the presentation and the transcript can be found on this website 

Events, Awards, and Grants    

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

September 10 Historic Wilmington Foundation's 5K Run & Mile Walk, "Race for Preservation," will begin at the Best Western Plus Coastline Inn and Convention Center, 503 Nutt Street, Wilmington, at 6:30 PM. Open to all ages and skill levels. Individual pre-registration entry is $27 and $32 on the day of the race. Pre-registered entry for teams of at least of 5 members is $110 + $22 for each additional members and $135 + $27 for additional members, on the day of the race. Entry includes race registration, a post-race awards party, and t-shirts guaranteed to the first 300 entrants. To register online or for more details go to

September 16-18 2015 Annual Preservation North Carolina 

Conference, Salisbury. Keynote speakers will be Don Rypkema and 

Tom Mayes. Visit for more information and to register. 

September 16-19 American Association for State and Local History 

Annual Meeting and Online Conference, Louisville, KY. Information is available at

September 17-18 Historic Tax Credit Conference, San Antonio, TX. For more information, follow this link


October 8-10 2nd Annual Slave Dwelling Project Conference, North Charleston, SC. The conference's mission is to convene attendees from around the United States and abroad to exchange ideas and resources and to share perspectives and solutions for preserving extant African American slave dwellings for future generations. For more details go to this website. 

October 8 NC National Register Advisory Committee Meeting, 10 AM, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh. Open to the public. For more information, please contact Ann Swallow by phone at 919-807-6587 or by email at [email protected].

October 14-17 2015 Annual Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Conference, El Tropicano River Walk Hotel, San Antonio, TX. For more information go to

November 1-5 Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Conference, "Convergence of People and Places-Diverse Technologies and Practices,"Kansas City, MO. Details about the conference and registration information can be found at

November 3-6 PastForward 2015, the National Trust Annual Conference, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC. For more information or to register go to  

November 18-21 Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville, TN.  More information available at


March 16-19, 2016 

National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. Visit for more information.


Our Town Grants: The National Endowment for the Arts currently is accepting applications for its Our Town grant program. The grants support creative placemaking projects with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking occurs when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Deadline September 21. For more information, go to


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