2013 Katherine Howell Award
2013 Katherine Howell Winner, State Representative Susi Hamilton, pictured at the Preservation Awards ceremony with executive director George Edwards. Susi served recently on the HWF Board of Trustees.
2013 Preservation Awards Celebration
Preservationists from throughout the Lower Cape Fear region gathered at the historic New Hanover County Courthouse in May 2013 to applaud the recipients of the Foundation's annual preservation awards.
620, 622 N. 4th St, purchased with the revolving funds and then sold with easements in place.
Historic Wilmington Foundation employees a revolving fund to save and protect buildings through purchase, short term loans and loan guarantees. When the Foundation purchases or lends to a property, the goal is to acquire an easement before the loan is made or the building is sold. HWF also uses its IG40 funds to make small grants to help protect buildings.
HWF Announces Significant Loan for Children's Museum of Wilmington
The Board of the Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) joined with the Board of the Children's Museum of Wilmington on Wednesday, March 7th, to announce the award of a $23,500 loan from HWF to the Museum. The three historic buildings that comprise the Museum are threatened by a leaking and deteriorating roof. The loan, from HWF's revolving fund, will enable the Children's Museum to address the roof and leaking issues. The buildings had been sitting empty for a number of years when the Children's Museum creatively and adaptively restored the complex for their use in the spring of 2006. The Museum is now a center of activity and brings thousands of families' downtown.
The loan stipulates that the owners donate a preservation easement on the buildings to the Foundation ensuring their permanent protection. "We are the stewards of these historic buildings and it is our desire to protect them. This is a win-win for everyone", noted Rick Lawson, Executive Director of the Children's Museum. HWF Board President Don Britt believes that Foundation's investment in the Children's Museum makes good preservation and business sense. "We believe that the protection of these buildings with a new roof and a preservation easement will allow them to serve our community for years to come. The Museum contributes immeasurably to the quality of life of our community and its families and children".
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Preservation for Profit Workshop Series
Live In a Landmark
An informative workshop on the purchase and preservation of historic homes. This workshop is offered periodically by HWF, check our website. You can also see the latest workshop at this link and contact the Foundation to purchase the workshop packet.
$$ Tax Credit Brochure & Preservation for Profit $$
A comprehensive workshop on the redevelopment of historic buildings offered each year by HWF and our Buildings Worth Saving Committee. An array of experts from banking, architecture, code enforcement, the State Historic Preservation Office, insurance and real estate development present valuable information on all aspects of practical historic preservation.
Topics include: Design Issues, Building Codes,
Federal and State Tax Incentives, and Case Study Discussion.
AIA Continuing Education Credit Available.
Watch the entire Workshop here!
through the City's video website
Post Thanksgiving Tour
Historic Wilmington Foundation Celebrated its 17th Annual Post Thanksgiving Tour at the historic Wright-Rehder House. Julie Potter, one of the owners, reads the text of the new plaque.
Historic Wood Window Workshop
As a part of National Historic Preservation Month each year, preservation craftspeople such as Christopher Yermal of Old School Rebuilders,Francisco Castillo of CGC Historic Restoration and Tom Blanch of Tomaso's Painting and Restoration conduct a hands-on workshop on restoring and maintaining historic wood windows and painting an historic building.
Historic Wooden Windows Product Links:
* Libretts Cotton Sash Cord
* DAP Latex Window Glazing – available at most hardware stores in the caulk section (recommend that surface be primed before application of glazing)
* LiquidWood and WoodEpoxy for use in areas where only a portion of the wood is rotted.
Historic Wooden Windows Workshop Links:
Cape Fear Green Building Alliance
National Park Service
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Old House Journal
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Preservation Zoning Initiative
The Wilmington City Council passed into law a creative new preservation ordinance during National Preservation Month 2011. The ordinance was passed after two years of research and education by Historic Wilmington Foundation and Wilmington Downtown, Inc. working with City of Wilmington staff. The new ordinance provides incentives to protect buildings and created an objective scoring and evaluation process for demolition requests. These new standards are in place for all of the Central Business District, much of which was previously unprotected from demolition.
Most Threatened Historic Places
This annual program highlights buildings and sites under threat across the Lower Cape Fear region. Since 2006 HWF has received nominations from the public and compiled a list of Threatened Places (those under active threat) and Watch Sites (places to monitor). The annual list is made public each year during May-National Preservation Month. We're pleased that many properties on the lists have been saved for preservation. But many threats remain for your architectural heritage.
State Historic Preservation Officer Dr. Jeffrey Crow, has joined the Foundation since 2006 to make the annual announcement. Dr. Crow will retire from state government in the fall of 2012. The Foundation thanks Dr. Crow for his unselfish service and support of this program.
We have included a report on the status of all places previously listed here.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP SAVE A THREATENED SITE?
Find out here.
New Most Threatened Historic Places Exhibit!
After years of planning, HWF unveiled its new Most Threatened Historic Places traveling exhibit August 28, 2012 at the downtown branch of the New Hanover County Public Library. Now in the second year, the exhibit highlights the 2013 list of the region's most threatened historic places and provides background on all the previous lists.
Major assistance for the exhibit was provided through a grant from the Landfall Foundation
The Competitive Downtown and the Impacts of Historic Preservation
HWF, Wilmington Downtown, Inc. and the City of Wilmington were pleased to host Don Rypkema in April. If you missed Mr. Rypkema's presentation, click here to watch the show!
5K Run/Mile Walk for Preservation
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
6:30pm - Downtown Wilmington
In 2006 we brought back our 5K Run and found that historic downtown Wilmington brought runners out to enjoy the challenge and the surroundings for family fun. The course visits Wilmington's beautiful architecture, supports HWF and celebrates with a party and awards at the finish line.
We have revived this popular program which enables HWF to assist homeowners and save the city's vernacular architecture one home at a time. By partnering with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries we have used our volunteers to fix a home on North 7th Street and get ourselves involved in hands-on preservation. We need more volunteers to help as this is just the first of many houses we'll be tackling in the future. Click here for photographs of the first Repair Affair house and here to email us to join rewarding preservation projects!
Tax Credit Information
The HWF provides information on State and Federal historic rehabilitation tax credits and provides limited assistance in the completion of tax credit applications.
Historical Research Files
The Foundation has copies of all research completed for every building with a HWF plaque as well as a limited amount of local research materials.
Protective Covenants and Preservation Easements
A preservation easement is a legal agreement between a property owner and a preservation organization that protects the architectural and historic integrity of structures by imposing limitations on the type of alterations that can be made. Protective covenants and preservation easements provide a vehicle for you to take an active part in the preservation of Wilmington and to be eligible for certain tax benefits.
The HWF maintains a list of available rentals in Wilmington’s Historic District. This list refers people seeking apartments directly to the owner or agent. We regularly update the list to keep the information as current as possible.
Click here for rentals
Historic Wilmington Self-Guided Walking Tour
Click here to view and print our tour, developed by Eagle Scout Daniel Eaddy
The HWF sponsors a variety of educational programs by local and regional experts including lectures, classes, demonstrations, tours and trips.
Provides speakers to address civic organizations, churches, garden clubs, neighborhood and professional organizations on a variety of preservation topics.
Contact us for a speaker at your event
you a Preservationist?
Find out here with our guide
Learn how you can be an advocate for our historic buildings and sites.
- - Visit the NC State Historic Preservation Office website
- - Call or email Historic Wilmington Foundation with your questions, ideas and suggestions about heritage preservation?
- - Attend public hearings to learn more about issues such as zoning, affordable housing and preservation zoning
- - Encourage the owners of threatened property to carefully evaluate alternatives to demolition
- - If you live in Brunswick County thank your elected officials and county staff for the leadership with the completion of the County’s first historic resources survey
- -.Learn more about the discussion on establishing an historic preservation commission
- - Let affordable housing developers know that you prefer the rehabilitation and reuse of older historic houses to demolition
- - Attend a service at St. Peter & St. Paul Church or any historic church or synagogue and contribute to their preservation fund
- Contact Historic Wilmington and donate a preservation easement on your historic building
- - Visit and enjoy a fishing pier
- - Volunteer to help care for a historic cemetery, or form a friends group
- - Support Historic Wilmington Foundation and our work by joining or making a contribution
10 Easy Ways to Support Historic Preservation
1.Show your kids the place where you went to school or where you got married.
2.Shop in a historic commercial district, such as historic downtown Wilmington. Be sure to look up so you can admire the detail of the buildings' upper floors.
3.Visit a place where history was made or a museum dedicated to history.
4.Eat at a restaurant in a historic building. If you like the atmosphere, tell the owner or host.
5.Attend a live performance or movie at a historic theater.
6.Walk around a historic residential neighborhood.
7.Join an organization – even better, more than one – dedicated to historic preservation. Historic Wilmington Foundation would love to welcome you as a new member. Visit us at 2011 Market Street and find out more about us at www.historicwilmington.org. Become a member of the National Trust (visit www.nthp.org), or find out about groups in your area. (Locate some at www.nthp.org/help/statewide_org.asp. They can direct you to others.
8.Stay in a historic B&B or hotel – the almost 200 members of Historic Hotels of America are listed at www.nthp.org/historic_hotels/index.asp –.
9 Attend services in an historic church.
10.Take a tour of historic houses in your community.
Live in a Landmark
This highly informative workshop on the NC Preservation Tax Credit was held on April 28, 2012. You can follow this link to watch the workshop and download speaker presentations.
Call us if you have any questions.