2019 Preservation Awards

Each year, Historic Wilmington Foundation honors the very special people enacting our mission through exemplary preservation efforts in the following categories: Adaptive Reuse, Rehabilitation, Appropriate New Construction, and Restoration.


Love, Lydia Bakery & Cafe (1522 South 3rd Street)

Love, Lydia Bakery & Cafe and Tribute Companies

The wooden bungalow that is now Love, Lydia sat vacant for years before becoming a cornerstone of the now burgeoning South Front District.

222 & 226 Princess Street

James Goodnight, Old School Rebuilder & Co., and Maurer Architecture

These small downtown buildings, built in 1907 and 1930, underwent two years of historic rehab and have helped spur a commercial revitalization on the block.

Edward Teach Brewery (604 North 4th Street)

Edward Teach Brewery, Timeless Properties Construction Co., and Lisle Architecture and Design Co. 

A former firehouse in the Brooklyn Arts District is now the Edward Teach Brewery, featuring updated indoor and outdoor spaces.

Ritz Event Center (213 Hickman Road)

Town of Tabor City

Private donors, along with the state of North Carolina and the town of Tabor City, worked to transform this former theater into the Ritz Event Center in Tabor City.


323 South 4th Street

Alyson Fleming & Till Wagner, Christopher Building Company, and B+O Design Studio, PLLC

The owners of this 1850 Greek Revival strived to remain true to its roots while also updating it for family life during the home’s 8-month rehab.

1906 Nun Street

Delinda Harrelson & Associates (The Flipping Coach)

A craftsman bungalow built in 1928, this house was endangered by deteriorated brickwork that has since been repaired and preserved.

513 South 5th Avenue

Leonard Smith and PBC Design + Build

Although constructed as a plain ranch-style home in the 1950s, the curb appeal of the house is a courtesy of its classic bungalow vibe.

414 Orange Street

Barbara McKenzie & Jay Tervo

This severely neglected nineteenth-century Italianate became a revitalized multi-family home thanks to hands-on work by its owners.

1812 Princess Street

Shannon Appler & Marcy Lewis

Built by architect Joseph Leitner—designer of the UNCW Chancellor’s house on Market Street–this cottage sat vacant for 18 years before its revitalization.

2510 Wrightsville Avenue

Carol & Dario Bragale

A small footprint gave the owners of this simple 1920 Aladdin kit house inspiration to tend to every neglected inch of space.


115 South 7th Street

Dr. Colleen Reilly & Bruce Bowman

Craftsman inspiration and a Charleston-style alley entrance make this new house beautifully at home on its vintage downtown block.

214 North 5th Avenue

Beth & Sal Mentesana and PBC Design + Build

This narrow house is perfectly scaled to complement its street and features plenty of windows within an Italianate design.


Brick Streets on North 4th Street

City of Wilmington

Brick Streets are uniquely historic, and those on North 4th Street have been revived to enrich the look and function of our historic city.

Bonitz Building (213 Princess Street)

Ben & Christine Cochran and The Renovation Co.

The two-year restoration of the iconic Bonitz Building downtown ensured that details, both inside and out, were meticulously addressed.

Photo (right) by Matt McGraw.

Temple of Israel (1 South 4th Street)

Temple of Israel and SDI Construction, Inc.

After Hurricane Florence, this 143-year-old jewel had history-threatening water damage. A five-month restoration ensured the temple’s longevity.

Burgwin-Wright House (224 Market Street)

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina

Interior and exterior work was ongoing at this historic house museum for six years. The restoration included paint analysis, plaster repair and more.

Canetuck Community Center (6098 Canetuck Road)

Reva Capers, Reggie & Dixie Corbett, Verta Kea, Ernest Keith, Claudia Stack and Betty B. Thompson

Following an extensive historic renovation that was truly a group effort, this former Rosenwald school is enjoying new life as a community center in Currie, North Carolina. Photo by the Star News. 


Bellevue Cemetery Cleanup

The UNCW Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) & the UNCW Greek System

As part of a Dean’s Day of Service, students cleaned debris from the historic Bellevue Cemetery on Princess Place Drive.

The Ice House: A Legendary Landmark Lost

Michael Raab & Patrick Ogelvie

The Ice House: a Legendary Landmark Lost is a short documentary about a vibrant, historic downtown building lost to demolition.


Katherine Howell Award

Anne Hewlett Hutteman

Given to honor leadership and significant contributions to HWF’s mission and the cause of preservation in the Lower Cape Fear region.

George W. Edwards Award

Roman Dobransky

This award goes to a staff member, intern or volunteer who demonstrates exemplary integrity and commitment on behalf of local historic preservation.