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N. C. State Historic Preservation Office Begins Comprehensive Architectural Survey of Whiteville

Raleigh

The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) began a comprehensive architectural survey of Whiteville’s historic properties May 1. Elizabeth King, survey specialist in the HPO’s Survey and National Register Branch, is conducting the project, which was endorsed by Whiteville’s City Council April 11. Ms. King will be conducting field work in May and June and will return to Whiteville periodically during the summer to continue her research.

Digital photographs, architectural descriptions and historical backgrounds of approximately 300 buildings constructed prior to 1970 are expected results from the survey. All of the collected information will be entered in the HPO’s survey database. The several-month project also entails identification of individual properties and districts that appear to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and the preparation of a report that analyzes the city’s historic built environment.

Architectural surveys are economic development tools. The data they gather aids in planning for future growth in Whiteville, assists environmental review work required for state and federal undertakings, and will be the basis for nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places, thus making them potentially eligible for state and federal tax credits for certified historic rehabilitation. The survey data also may be used to develop programs to promote heritage tourism.

For more information on the comprehensive architectural survey of Whiteville, contact Elizabeth King (Elizabeth.king@ncdcr.gov or 919-807-7484) or Claudia Brown, architectural survey coordinator of the State Historic Preservation Office (claudia.brown@ncdcr.gov or 919-807-6573).

About the State Historic Preservation Office
In North Carolina, the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The HPO carries out state and federal preservation programs that assist private citizens, private institutions, local governments and agencies of state and federal government in the identification, evaluation, protection and enhancement of properties significant in North Carolina history and archaeology. The HPO oversees the statewide architectural survey; administers the National Register of Historic Places for North Carolina properties; conducts environmental review of state and federal actions affecting historic and archaeological properties; provides technical assistance to owners in the restoration of historic properties, including those owners seeking state and federal rehabilitation income tax credits; provides grant assistance for historic preservation projects; provides technical assistance to local preservation commissions; and provides historic preservation education, including publication of preservation plan updates and the HPO newsletter, Worth Saving (http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/newsletter/newsletter.htm).

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