Saving historic buildings in the Cape Fear region
From the north end of the central business district in downtown Wilmington to former Topsail High School in Hampstead, the list of the 2009 Most Threatened Historic Places is full of historic building all around us.
“We’re working with city officials and with the cross section of developers and property owners and preservationists to come up with a new creative solution for Wilmington’s preservation ordinance,” said George Edwards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation.
The list also includes the Rosenwald Schools in Pender County, built in the early 20th Century to educate African Americans, several of Wilmington’s humble historic homes, like bungalows and cottages, and Saint Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Pender County.
“We still need to incorporate these buildings into our future and when you own a historic building, you got a wonderful opportunity to make that statement for the future of recycling the building,” Edwards said.
A building on Red Cross Street also made the list of most threatened historic places. It was built by the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, but now Cape Fear Community College has plans to demolish it. The Historic Wilmington Foundation is working to make sure other historic buildings like it don’t also get taken away.
George Edwards reminds property owners of the tax credits that come with owning a historic building. He also added it’s more environmentally friendly to restore a historic building, rather than build a new one.
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