2020 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.

Since we could not celebrate our 2020 award winners in person, we created a video to record their acceptance speeches, as well as before and after photos of their amazing projects, stories of the renovations and more. Watch the video below!

(Want to see the 2019 Preservation Awards winners? CLICK HERE!)


 definition: a building that has been preserved and revamped for a purpose other than its intended original use

ARRIVE Hotel & Dram Yard Restaurant (101, 105 and 109 South 2nd Street)

Elemental Architecture & Old School Rebuilders

End of Days Distillery (1815 Castle Street)

End of Days Distillery

The Bodega (122 South 3rd Street)

C. Ryan Horne


definition: a building that has been fixed up with a respectful nod to history yet not necessarily faithfully restored

419 Dock Street

John & Karen Doughtery 

Henderson House: 17 South 6th Street

Kenyon Mussell

Richter Building: 926 North 4th Street

Andrea & Brad Walker of Lighthouse Films

Woodward House: 1808 Market Street

Andrew & Nicole Horton

St. Stephen AME Church: 501 Red Cross Street 

SDI Construction & St. Stephen AME Church 


definition: a building that, although new, fits in seamlessly with its historic neighbors

200 Market Street

Gene Merritt & John Sutton


definition: a building that’s exterior has been brought back to its original glory, with great effort taken to replicate use of materials employed at the time of construction

St. James Street’s Brick Street

City of Wilmington, NC

816 Dock Street

Delinda Harrelson, The Flipping Coach

Burgwin-Wright House’s Roof: 224 Market Street

Durable Restoration Company & Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

Hollaway-Hunt House: 1419 Market Street

Timothy R. Fussell, PhD


The Award of Merit goes to an entity or endeavor that is not a piece of built history (i.e., a film, event or website).


NCModernist has created an exemplary educational archive of North Carolina’s legacy of exceptional residential Modernist architecture.

George W. Edwards Award

This award is given to a volunteer, intern or staff member demonstrating exemplary integrity and commitment on behalf of local preservation.

Carol Bragale

Since the first day Carol volunteered at HWF, she has encouraged and lifted up staff and other volunteers. She has lent a hand filing, answering phones, cleaning up and greeting guests, in HWF’s old location and the new. She stripped wallpaper, repaired walls and painted the kitchen at our headquarters during a pandemic. And she did it with a smile on her face! She has helped our members, assisted people who want to become members, and through impeccable, creative research as a volunteer on the plaque committee, has gone out of her way to make people and their places feel understood and special.

There is literally no part of HWF that Carol’s efforts do not improve. Her research serves the plaque committee, thereby enriching area homes and neighborhoods. Her willingness to teach and share knowledge has resulted not only in more people tackling plaque research, but also more folks discovering this nonprofit and finding their way to Legacy Architectural Salvage. She loves history, and her curiosity is contagious.