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BUILDING HISTORY: Cumming Duls House

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The weeks building history features a beautiful historic home that has been part of downtown for over 150 years.

”This is the Cumming Duls house, the plaque in front says it was built in 1871 and that is partially true,” Owner Gabrielle Barone explains. “The house actually dates to 1861, the original portion of the house.”

As with many old Wilmington homes this one fell victim to fire in the early 1860’s and was rebuilt. For the Barone’s it took a little while before the house was their home.

“It was interesting, I had seen the house when we moved down here and it was very expensive and in very bad shape.” Gabrielle said.

A little patience paid off, the price came down and Gabrielle and Steve Barone got the house they wanted.

“As far as original, all the windows are original, the doors are original, and the floors are original. Just about everything that is structural is original to the house. Including the door to the powder room has a rose glass transom window over it.” Gabrielle told us.

Original items will only get you so far in a historic home and the Barone’s had plenty of work to do.

”As far as what we have done to the house the kitchen is a complete redo, we redesigned it, took down a wall. We now have a breakfast room with a fireplace and a really nice modern kitchen.” Gabrielle demonstrated.

The house is a great home for residents, present and past. Gabrielle says there have been several unexplained incidents.

”I had one incident where I could not get the door to open, and I said Jacob enough, I’ve had enough of this open the door. The door then opened.”

The name Jacob of course for Jacob Duls the second owner of the house. Some say you can see his image in this picture.

If you know of an old building with a good story to tell, please let me know at cphillips@WWAYTV3.com

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