Save This Pup!

Rescued from the former site of a historic Lustron house, Snoopy overlooks his new home at the Preservation North Carolina headquarters. Photo by Jim Lamb, Capital City Camera Club

At Preservation North Carolina, we rescue old houses… and historic mills, schools, churches, general stores and more. We use the analogy of “the animal shelter for old houses” to help describe what we do. We even rescued our first ACTUAL pup in 2017 (see below)!

Through our nationally recognized and award-winning Endangered Properties Program we’ve protected nearly 900 historic properties. There’s a story behind each one and we are committed to telling them. Check out our YouTube channel for several videos highlighting our work, including this one featuring some incredible before and after transformations.

Make sure to visit out our properties page to find your own “old pup” to rescue!



Click the image to learn more about George Morris and Snoopy from the interpretive signage located at our headquarters.

Preservation North Carolina first met Snoopy at Gotno Farm in Raleigh, a local attraction for many years and home to Raleigh’s last Lustron house. Snoopy was lovingly created by Gotno Farm owner, and plaster artist George Morris.

When Gotno Farm was sold for redevelopment, Preservation North Carolina and the Raleigh Historic Development Commission were given thirty days to save the historic Lustron house by relocating it to a new site.

Snoopy – one of the few surviving sculptures – sat abandoned at Gotno Farm. Preservation North Carolina moved him to the site of its new headquarters on Oberlin Road where he watched over the renovation of the Hall and Graves-Fields Houses in 2018-19.

Adopted as our “preservation pup,” Snoopy represents the endangered historic buildings that we rescue statewide.


President Emeritus Myrick Howard welcomes Snoopy to the Preservation North Carolina headquarters at the Hall and Graves-Fields Houses in Raleigh, January 2020.

Related Links:
Raleigh’s Lustron Home Saved!
Strange Carolinas: Gotno Farm
Hidden History: The Last Piece of Raleigh’s Lost Wonderland, Gotno Farm