Renovated downtown Wilmington building earns award

The Gertrude S. Carraway Awards of Merit gives deserved recognition to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a genuine commitment to historic preservation through extraordinary leadership, research, philanthropy, promotion, and/or significant participation in preservation.

The renovation of the building located at 1 S. Front St. in downtown Wilmington recently earned that award. It was presented to James Goodnight, of Raleigh, at Preservation North Carolina’s virtual annual conference on Oct. 22.

The award is named in honor of the late Gertrude S. Carraway, a noted New Bern historian and preservationist.

Seabird restaurant now occupies the first-floor of the building. Original details such as hardwood flooring and a tin ceiling have been preserved.

The recorded awards ceremony can be viewed at

By: Cheryl M. Whitaker | Wilmington StarNews