Lost North Carolina

This exhibition is a powerful remembrance of architecture forever lost to North Carolina through demolition, natural disaster, social and economic change, or simple neglect.

lostnorthcarolinaIncluded in this exhibit are twenty-two thematic panels, which contain reproductions primarily from vintage postcards, but also period, and contemporary photo-graphs and drawings which provide the history of each building’s fate.

The panel “Places of Worship,” for example, depicts urban and rural churches including a tiny Neo-gothic white frame church in Brevard that burned on Christmas Day. “Recreation” features images of the Lumina, the much-visited dance pavilion at Wrightsville Beach, and “Schools” includes buildings in Shelby, Concord, Kinston, Charlotte and other North Carolina cities and towns. Other themes explored in the exhibition include “Transportation,” “Resorts,” “Farming” and “Courthouses.”

Also included is a panel entitled “Near Misses-Buildings Saved,” which highlights preservation success stories such as the Winston-Salem Shell Station, the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington and The First Colony Inn in Nags Head. Venues may wish to augment this exhibition with examples of their own local “lost” and “saved” architecture stories.

Lost North Carolina tells an evocative story of buildings that are gone forever and will generate greater interest in preserving our state’s architectural heritage.

Previous Venues: Bellamy Mansion Museum, and Hillsborough’s Burwell School, Meredith College, and Charlotte Museum of History

  • Participation Fee: $600
  • Exhibition Period: 10 to 12 weeks (negotiable)
  • Space Required: 120 linear feet
  • Number of Panels: 22
  • Shipping: Soft-pack