News

We do our best to keep you updated on preservation-related news and events happening throughout the state of North Carolina and beyond. Scroll through the articles below to see what has happened, is happening, or is about to happen!

Preservation group offers tour to celebrate its New Bern roots

Preservation North Carolina, now responsible for saving more than 725 historic properties statewide, returned to its New Bern roots Sunday […]

Hamlet Tornado Building receives award

HAMLET — The Tornado Building Antique Vehicle Museum and the restoration of the historic 1892 replica of the Tornado steam […]

Preservation group seeks to save historic neighborhood grocery building

A nearly century-old structure important to New Bern’s past faces demolition next spring unless steps are taken to keep it […]

Historic school for blacks to be restored in Grier Heights

One of Charlotte’s most notoriously troubled neighborhoods will unveil plans Tuesday to restore and put back into use an 87-year-old […]

Couple restoring 1770 home in Pfafftown

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Jon and Suzanne Hanna gave the property a passing glance when they saw the “For Sale” […]

In Days Before They Expire, Questions Surround HIstoric Preservation Tax Credits

Knowing that North Carolina tax credits for historic preservation expire at the end of this year, property owners have been […]

Tour of historic homes features newly renovated El Nido

Restoration of El Nido, the 1921 Spanish-style bungalow at 520 W. Warren St., Shelby, has taken five years and is […]

Neely School Foundation receives $10,000 Preservation North Carolina Grant

On Oct. 10, the Historic Neely School Foundation was presented Preservation North Carolina’s 2014 Stedman Incentive Grant in the amount […]

Asheville’s roundhouse matters to many

ASHEVILLE – The roundhouse is missable. The 90-year-old building appears as an undistinguished structure of glass and brick from the […]

Neighbors pitch in to landscape modern Oakwood home

Raleigh, N.C. — After months of debate and court rulings, neighbors bonded together on Sunday to help with landscaping at […]

Changes come to Five Points area

DURHAM — By the end of next year, Kimbrell’s Furniture’s approximately 70-year legacy in downtown Durham may come to an […]

Former pastor wants to build museum of history along Yadkin River

SPENCER — One man is trying to bring history to the forefront along the Yadkin River. Gary Hauze, a retired […]

DOT wants to demolish four buildings for new downtown transit hub

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to demolish four buildings within Wilmington’s National Register Historic District that were purchased […]

Historic Preservation as an Engine for Urban Renaissance

“After years of steady growth, Raleigh is receiving significant national attention as evident in the regular accolades bestowed on the […]

Zebulon asked to consider joining Wake historic landmark program

ZEBULON — Overseers of Wake County’s Local Historic Landmark Program say Zebulon has plenty of buildings and sites of historic […]

2015 Tobacco Barns Grant Cycle Announced

2015 Tobacco Barns Grant Cycle Announced Preservation Virginia/JTI Tobacco Barns Mini-Grants Project Preservation Virginia and JTI Leaf Services are pleased […]

Conference examines cotton mills

Boiling Springs – A frontpage banner headline in The Charlotte Observer on Oct. 4, 1929, heralded the latest about a […]

Oakwood home spurs discussion over Raleigh’s historic districts

Raleigh, N.C. — It was the pink elephant in the room that brought over 100 people to a meeting at […]

Oakwood modernist house opponents fire back ahead of Monday forum

RALEIGH — Anticipating a Monday forum, opponents of Oakwood’s modernist house are lobbying neighbors about what kinds of architecture should […]

Extreme Moving: How to Move an Entire House

For most people, moving day means oceans of bubble wrap, mounds of boxes and a load of stress. Now imagine […]

Modern Home in Raleigh Overcomes Historic Preservation Challenge

Superior Court Judge Elaine Bushfan announced yesterday that she will rule in favor of a contemporary home in the Historic […]

Judge to rule in favor of controversial Oakwood modernist house

RALEIGH — Superior Court Judge Elaine Bushfan announced this week that she’ll rule in favor of a controversial modernist house […]

Tar River Center announces lecture series

LOUISBURG —The Tar River Center for History and Culture is proud to announce its 2014-2015 Lecture Series, focusing on “The […]

Chapel Hill home preservation efforts stalled due to expiring tax credit

Historic preservation in Chapel Hill has hit a roadblock. The North Carolina state historic preservation rehabilitation tax credits are set […]

Preservation group to guide mill effort

After years of debate, plans and study, the Hendersonville City Council pulled the trigger on a decision that could lead […]

Historic Rev. Plummer T. Hall Housein Raleigh ready for real-estate debut

RALEIGH — Last year, after generations of family ownership, the deed for the Rev. Plummer T. Hall House ended up […]

A decade later, American Tobacco Campus continues to revitalize Durham

Durham, N.C. — Julia Cobley remembers the days before the American Tobacco Campus when biking to lunch in downtown Durham […]

Dunbar Preservation Society works to put site on historic list

The Dunbar Preservation Society wants to pick up the work started years ago to put the local landmark site on […]

Tax credit to help historic preservation sadly falls thanks to Republicans

North Carolina’s historic preservation tax credit has been a valuable asset to the state, enticing developers and residents to restore […]

Lawmakers may revisit tax credit

State lawmakers did not renew a tax credit program that’s helping transform the shuttered Loray Mill into a residential and […]

North Carolina lawmakers press for special session to pass film subsidies, economic development bill

North Carolina lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to call a special session of the state legislature to pass […]

House Deemed Too Modern to Exist is Tweeting for Its Life

Yesterday, closing arguments wrapped up in a case that will decide the fate of a home in Raleigh, North Carolina’s […]

County unsure of Whitted subsidy needs

DURHAM — The deputy county manager who is riding herd on the Whitted Junior High School redevelopment says it will […]

National Register Adds 12 North Carolina Historic Places

RALEIGH, NC  – The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that 12 individual properties and districts […]

The sad recent fate of historic Colonial Inn

No building is more beloved by the people of Hillsborough than the Colonial Inn. It was built in 1838 and […]

Historic preservation supporters vow to return next legislative session for tax credits

RALEIGH, North Carolina — The tax credit that helped people rescue historic businesses and homes in 90 of North Carolina’s […]

State, local officials tour $39 million Loray redevelopment project

The thud of hammer blows and the buzz of power tools echoed through the Loray Mill redevelopment project Monday as […]

Central office back on agenda for city’s Historic Preservation Commission

SALISBURY — The proposed school central office will go before the city’s Historic Preservation Commission this week. The commission meets […]

Saving the Colonial Inn

The Colonial Inn has dodged another bullet, and that is cause for some relief. But the landmark building that has […]

Photos – Tour of the redeveloped Loray Mill in Gastonia

As published in The Charlotte Observer 8/13/14. Click here to see the photos. 

Excluded from budget, extension of state historic preservation tax credit program uncertain

After being cut from a state budget proposal signed off on by the legislature, the extension of North Carolina’s historic […]

Durham Historic Preservation Commission sends Greystone plan back for more work

As diplomatically yet directly as it could, the Durham Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday morning dissected Lomax Properties’ proposal for […]

State regresses on historic preservation

It’s difficult to strike up the band and hold a Main Street parade in any N.C. community to celebrate a […]

Historic preservation tax credits may get 2015 review

State support for historic preservation tax credits appear destined to expire at the end of the year. But the program […]

The Jack Tar motel: The history and future of a Durham landmark

At 52, Jack Tar has let himself go. His paint, once vibrant Monaco blue, has faded to a pastel dusk. […]

State Senate blocks renewal of preservation credits

DURHAM — Advocates conceded Friday that the N.C. Senate has blocked an extension past the end of the year of […]

Keith Urban Makes Plea for Historic Preservation

Keith Urban has written an editorial advocating the historic preservation of country music landmarks. With the headline “Keep Music Row’s […]

Budget plan deals blow to historic preservation tax credit

For Southeastern North Carolina, the news out of Raleigh this week on the film incentive front was disappointing. But it […]

House committee hopes to restore historic tax credits

Raleigh, N.C. — The state would continue offering tax credits to owners who rehabilitate historic industrial structures if a provision […]

Historic Edenton Archaeological Investigation Searching for First Courthouse Starts 7/28

EDENTON, N.C. — Even in a town’s earliest days, there is a need for rules and justice. An archaeological investigation […]

Owner wants to tear down Hillsborough’s historic Colonial Inn

HILLSBOROUGH — Bear, the black cat that neighbors call the Queen of West King Street, might be the Colonial Inn’s […]

City plans to buy former mill building and tear it down

ASHEBORO — A budget amendment approved by Asheboro City Council members at their July meeting Thursday night paves the way […]

Don’t Like Your Neighbors’ House? Sue Them.

RALEIGH, N.C. — In September, Louis Cherry, an architect here, received a building permit and the necessary approvals to begin […]

Outlook dubious for historic preservation tax credits

Supporters of the state’s historic preservation tax credits continue to lobby leading House and Senate lawmakers charged with crafting a […]

2014 historic preservation grant awards to communities announced

All across North Carolina plans to build stronger communities will be enhanced by $93,000 in federal grant support for awards […]

175-year-old Hillsborough inn faces demolition

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A Hillsborough building with 175 years of history could soon come down board by board. The Colonial Inn […]

Spencer may ban curbside mailboxes in historic district

SPENCER — Fed up with an ongoing disagreement with the U.S. Postal Service, Spencer aldermen are considering a ban on […]

Artist restoring historic signs on downtown Wilmington buildings

A 94-year-old building in downtown Wilmington is getting new paint on its old signs. If you squint hard, you can […]

Cherry neighborhood rezoning sparks gentrification study

After the approval of a controversial rezoning in one of the city’s oldest historically black neighborhoods this spring, City of […]

Fuquay-Varina enjoys thriving downtown districts

FUQUAY-VARINA — Starr McDowell sat on a bench and waited for her son to come out of Service Barber Shop. […]

Fight over Craven Terrace: Former allies disagree on renovations

The New Bern Housing Authority is moving forward with a $27.3 million project to redevelop Craven Terrace that includes demolition […]

Chapel Hill: Council supports UNC foundation bid for old Chapel Hill library building

CHAPEL HILL — The Town Council voted Wednesday to recommend a UNC foundation’s $1.7 million bid for the old Chapel […]

Edenton a testament to the power of NC’s historic preservation tax credits

This week a critical decision could come from the N.C. General Assembly that will affect nearly every town and city […]

Reynolds building renovation may give downtown big boost

Winston-Salem – The revitalization of downtown Winston-Salem is an initiative decades long, with the effort gaining momentum in the late […]

Tax credits: Keep the ones for historic preservation

Winston-Salem – The North Carolina General Assembly needs to engage in a little historic preservation, namely of a credit that […]

Negotiations on hold for $1.5m Webbley home

It was May 2013 when O. Max Gardner III announced he would be selling his historic Webbley home, a Cleveland […]

Our View: Renovation tax credit could help Rockingham

You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” You can often see the evidence for that […]

Downtown Greensboro’s The Dixie apartments come down

Monday and Tuesday were demolition days for The Dixie apartments. Demolition crews from D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co. Inc. early this […]

McCrory hopes to save tax credit; aids historic preservation efforts

BEAUFORT — The state’s historic preservation tax credit will be revamped in an effort to appeal to lawmakers to include […]

Proposed elimination of historic tax credits could impact county

The possible elimination of the state’s historic preservation tax credit program would mean the proverbial wrecking ball to any future […]

Preservation NC president addresses Thomasville City Council

THOMASVILLE – Myrick Howard, president of Preservation North Carolina, addressed the Thomasville City Council on Monday about the work the […]

Save N.C. historic preservation tax credits

North Carolina’s historic preservation tax credits will sunset at the end of this year if the legislature does not include […]

Tax credits for historic preservation are vital

The North Carolina General Assembly needs to engage in a little historic preservation, namely of a credit that gives those […]

Tax credit for historic preservation is part of NC budget negotiations

The future of a popular state tax that has helped communities across the state save historic homes and revitalize downtowns […]

38-year-old program inserted back into N.C. House budget

Barring a change of heart, the state’s historic preservation tax credit program will survive for at least another year. The […]

NC to use drone to explore state historic site

SANFORD, N.C. — North Carolina is using a drone for research at a state historic site for the first time. […]

Political Notebook: House includes historic preservation tax credits in $21B spending plan

It pays to save history, or at least that is what state lawmakers in the N.C. House decided on telling […]

Two more walls of historic Kilby Hotel in High Point collapse

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Around 3:15 p.m., two more walls of the Kilby Hotel collapsed. Crews were preparing to take […]

Houst committee backs historic preservation tax credits

An imperiled program that gives tax breaks for historic rehabilitation projects in North Carolina found a lifeline Wednesday. The House […]

NC credit to preserve historic properties pays for itself many times over

What if North Carolina had an effective, proven way to preserve historic properties, create thousands of jobs and attract millions […]

Legislators face decision on preservation credits

DURHAM — A state tax credit that helped finance the renovation of the American Tobacco campus and other former tobacco […]

Support the Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program

The Preservation Society today urges support for the proposed Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program that will continue North Carolina’s legacy of […]

Editorial – Tax credits for preservation help renovate houses, commercial property

The fate of state tax credits that encourage historic preservation is in the hands of the N.C. House of Representatives, […]

Cuba calling: Local family explores roots in closed-off island nation

In late April, two Salisbury families were part of a group who explored Havana, a city beautiful but in decay, […]

Organization steps up to try to save hospital buildings

As part of a busy monthly meeting last Tuesday night, the Anson County Board of Commissioners heard from a group […]

Legislators face decision on preservation credits

DURHAM — A state tax credit that helped finance the renovation of the American Tobacco campus and other former tobacco […]

Building Up Community: Self-Help and the Maureen Joy Charter School

See this inspiring video produced by Self-Help about the Maureen Joy Charter School (formerly the Y.E. Smith School) in Durham, […]

Preservation groups concerned legislators might be ignoring rehabilitation tax credits

SALISBURY — Local and state historic preservationists have gone into a high-action, high-alert mode after learning that Gov. Pat McCrory’s […]

Smokies to close structures for historic preservation

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will temporarily close three park historic structures this summer: the Joe Queen House in […]

New plans emerge for historic High Point hotel that once faced demolition

The crumbling Kilby Hotel, a 100-year-old building located in the historic African-American Washington Street neighborhood in High Point, may have […]

For him, this farm is family

Curtis Booker hadn’t been over to Leigh Farm in a while, so he paid a call the other day and […]

Revival imperils Durham’s hip DIY District

DURHAM — Thanks to enterprises such as Motorco, Fullsteam Brewery and Geer Street Garden, the Central Park district is just […]

Historic group honors locals

This year’s Historic Wilmington Foundation Preservation Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, May 22 at the historic New Hanover County […]

Raleigh – Proposal aims to save modernist office

RALEIGH — As fans of modernist architecture scramble to find a tenant to save a Glenwood Avenue office building, a […]

Burlington – Glencoe Mill Village

Below see a video produced by Richard Green for Time Warner Cable’s “Around Carolina” news. Click here to see the […]

Developer on mission to restore old Raleigh buildings

Raleigh — Sixty years ago, the Nehi bottling plant was a landmark along Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Developer James Goodnight […]

Winston-Salem – Richard Groves on the history that lives on with us

May is Historic Preservation Month in North Carolina, which is sexier than National Blood Pressure Month but not as sexy […]

Wilmington – Obituary for Charles H. Boney, Noted NC Architect

Charles H. Boney, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and a Wilmington architect, died Friday, May 16, […]

RFP: Happy Hill Shotgun Houses

PROJECT TITLE: Happy Hill Shotgun Houses PROJECT COORDINATOR: Michelle McCullough, Historic Resources Coordinator City of Winston-Salem 100 E. First Street […]

An economic defense of old buildings

Jane Jacobs, a woman akin to the patron saint of urban planners, first argued 50 years ago that healthy neighborhoods […]

New nonprofit formed in Oakwood to fight modernist “threats”

RALEIGH — A new nonprofit has formed in the Oakwood neighborhood to fight what it calls “threats” to historic properties, […]

Public Library Is Abandoning Disputed Plan for Landmark

New York – In a striking about-face, the New York Public Library has abandoned its much-disputed renovation plan to turn […]

Maureen Joy Charter School Plants History Grove

Site will honor National Teacher of the Year Jay Rogers, Jr. New History Groves are fast becoming a sign of […]

Editorial: Preservation tax credits: McCrory right on retaining them

Winston-Salem – We’re with Gov. Pat McCrory on retaining historic preservation tax credits for North Carolina. McCrory recently traveled to […]

McCrory seeks to preserve historic tax credit

Hendersonville – Governor Pat McCrory said that his proposed 2014-15 budget would include a new program to replace the state’s […]

Historic home goes from private to public: Banker’s House sees new owners, renovations

Shelby – The large yellow house with English boxwoods littering the front lawn has been a fixture of Lafyette Street […]

Detroit – Rosie’s Michigan plant saved from wrecking ball

DETROIT — The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a “man’s work” by building […]

Is This House Too Modern To Exist?

Lewis Mumford wrote that, in a city, “time becomes visible.” Not, it would appear, in Raleigh, North Carolina, where a […]

Down with the round building on NCSU’s campus?

RALEIGH — The pie of a building that has bedeviled hundreds of thousands of N.C. State University students with its […]

McCrory touts historic preservation tax credits

HIGH POINT — Gov. Pat McCrory traveled to High Point Wednesday to call for state legislation to replace historic preservation […]

Governor McCrory Touts Rehabilitation Programs Designed to Create Jobs & Preserve NC History

Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory announced his support today for economic development programs designed to rehabilitate buildings all across North […]

Governor to visit High Point this afternoon

HIGH POINT — Gov. Pat McCrory will make an economic policy announcement with regards to the historic preservation tax credits […]

Effort underway to save historic preservation tax credits

With the 2014 General Assembly less than a month from session, the City of Wilmington has updated its legislative agenda […]

Former Tobacco Hub Clears the Air

Activists in the world of historic preservation have long staked a claim to rescuing architecturally important train stations, government buildings […]

Raleigh – City Looks to Develop Stone’s Warehouse

An old warehouse in downtown Raleigh could soon become the home of a charter school, a grocery store or rental […]

Pinehurst council reduces size of Historic Preservation Commission

PINEHURST – The Village Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to decrease the size of the village’s Historic Preservation Commission from seven […]

Wood Offers Clues to Past

RALEIGH — The answer to when exactly the historic Crabtree Jones House was built may be ingrained in its own […]

Big House Plans for Small Street

Big house plans for Small Street Pittsboro – The oldest house in Pittsboro has a new site – South Small […]