The N.C. State Historic Preservation Office on Friday announced that a federal grant of $93,000 will be used toward seven projects throughout North Carolina.
“North Carolina’s rich and varied architectural history is found throughout the state,” Gov. Pat McCrory said. “These grants will allow us to preserve it. These needed updates and restorations will ensure the beauty of our state for future generations as well as provide a boost for local economies.”
The Historic Preservation Fund is a federal matching-grant program administered jointly by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and the state Historic Preservation Office.
The following historic preservation projections will receive portions of the federal funds:
Grantee: City of Washington
Project: Survey Update for Washington Historic District
The City of Washington will receive $11,000 to conduct a survey update for the Washington Historic District, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The grant funds will allow the city to hire a consultant to evaluate the status and integrity of all buildings within the historic district and complete a photographic and written record of the surveyed properties. The City of Washington will provide $4,000 in matching funds for the project.
Grantee: Town of Black Mountain
Project: Wooden Window Repair and Energy Efficiency Workshop
The Town of Black Mountain will receive $1,000 to host a workshop for homeowners, historic preservation commission members and contractors. The Town will provide a match of $200 for the project.
The workshop also will cover the energy efficiency of traditional building materials and how to apply sustainability principals to historic buildings and comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
Grantee: City of Hickory
Project: Hickory Architectural Survey Update
The City of Hickory will receive $15,000 to complete an architectural survey update. A match of $8,000 will be provided by the City.
The grant will assist the documentation of 100 to 125 non-residential buildings and 15 to 20 post-World War II subdivisions. The project will also update approximately 200 existing records for properties outside National Register historic districts. The City hopes the survey update will lead to identification and historic designation of traditionally under-represented populations.
Grantee: City of New Bern
Project: Dryborough Architectural Survey and National Register Nomination
The City of New Bern will receive $11,000 to undertake an architectural survey and subsequent nomination of the Dryborough neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places. The City will provide $4,000 in matching funds for the project.
Founded in 1808 by Gov. Benjamin Smith, Dryborough was later annexed by New Bern and became the city’s first primarily African-American neighborhood and has served as a social and cultural center for the African-American community of New Bern for more than 200 years.
Grantee: City of Charlotte
Project: Charlotte Comprehensive Historic Resource Survey – Phase II
The City of Charlotte will receive $24,000 to hire a consultant to conduct the second phase of a comprehensive historic resource survey of the city. The survey will be used as a planning tool to update, verify and identify historic resources within Charlotte, which will provide a match of $30,000 for the project.
The last architectural survey conducted by Charlotte in the mid-1980s was not comprehensive so many historic resources lack protection or even identification. A comprehensive survey will allow planners and decision makers to consider the effect of development proposals on historic resources. Phase II will concentrate on the area outside of Charlotte’s Route 4, beyond the central city.
Grantee: Orange County
Project: Orange County Survey Update and Phase I of Publication
Orange County will receive $15,000 to hire a consultant to conduct an architectural survey update of rural portions of Orange County. The County will provide a match of $10,000. This project is the first of three phases with the end goal being to produce a publication that documents the county’s historic resources. Phase I will survey approximately 250 properties including mid-20th-century resources along with those associated with the county’s agricultural and African-American history.
Grantee: Wake County
Project: Wake County Architectural Survey of Six Towns (Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Rolesville and Wendell)
Wake County will receive $16,000 to hire a consultant to complete an architectural survey of historic properties in the towns of Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Rolesville and Wendell. The County will provide matching funds of $9,000 to assist with the project.
The six Wake County towns were selected by the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office as limited documentation exists on their historic resources and all of the communities face increased development. Identifying and documenting historic resources will give the towns the information necessary for considering their heritage as they plan for growth.