Applications must be received by Friday, March 19.

Cheryl M. Whitaker
| Wilmington StarNews

Look around the community, and you’ll see the vibrant signs of preservation. Preservation efforts are what make Wilmington so special, protecting the past and using its built history to bolster this region’s future.

The Historic Wilmington Foundation will be hosting its annual Preservation Awards in May during Preservation Month. The nonprofit will be paying tribute to homeowners, businesses, and contractors. The awards fall into four categories:

  • Adaptive Reuse: a building that has been preserved and revamped for a purpose other than its intended original use
  • Restoration: 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
  • Rehabilitation: a building that has been fixed up with a respectful nod to history yet not necessarily faithfully restored
  • Appropriate New Construction: a building that, although new, fits in seamlessly with its historic neighbors

Completed applications must be received by Friday, March 19. For more information, visit The nomination form is available online at

The foundation’s mission is to preserve and protect the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. The nonprofit’s initiatives include the Azalea Festival Home Tour, scholarships for high schoolers through the Impact of Preservation speech contest, Florence Fix-It grants, Legacy Architectural Salvage workshops, Tar Heels Go Walking tours, and the historic plaque program.

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