Architect of Lincoln Memorial co-designed Home on Wilmington Tour

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The Donald MacRae House, co-designed by Henry Bacon, architect of the Lincoln Memorial, will be featured on the 2013 Historic Wilmington Foundation Home Tour, April 13-14

Donald MacRae House, Built 1901

Historic Wilmington Foundation announced ten historic properties on the 2013 Azalea Festival Home Tour, Saturday, April 13th from 1-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 14th from 1-5 p.m. This year's tour includes The Donald MacRae House, 25 South 3rd Street, co-designed by Henry Bacon, architect for the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

The Donald MacRae House is Wilmington’s best example of the Shingle style house. James Brite and Henry Bacon co-designed the home which was built in 1901. A former resident of Wilmington, Bacon was the architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The house was built for Capt. Donald V. MacRae, a Spanish-American war veteran & president-treasurer of the Wilmington Cotton Mills, and his wife Monimia Cary Davis, a daughter of Attorney General of the Confederacy George Davis. The house was sold in 1955 to St. James Parish and currently serves as the Parish Office. The Parish has named the building in memory of Ann Moore Bacon.

This year's tour is a reflection of the variety of architectural styles of homes and religious buildings in four of Historic Wilmington's National Register Districts. From the charming Carolina Cottage to the UNCW Chancellor's mansion, the tour showcases the breadth of home styles in Wilmington's history.

All proceeds from the Home Tour will advance Historic Wilmington Foundation's efforts to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Since 1966, the foundation has successfully saved more than 100 historic properties from demolition.

2013 Home Tour Sites: (tickets available on day of tour for $30 at all locations)

Alexander Sprunt House, built 1929-1930, 1615 Chestnut Street
Emerson-Kenan Mansion, built 1907, 1705 Market Street
Freeman-Peters House, built 1912, 1805 Perry Avenue
Triyonis House, c. 1922, 2010 Creecy Avenue
J. E. Gilliard House, built 1914, 2009 Wrightsville Avenue
Temple of Israel, NC's Oldest Synagogue, built 1875, 1 South 4th Street
William A. French House, c. 1871, 107 South 4th Street
Donald MacRae House, built 1901, 25 South 3rd Street        
Cumming-Duls House, built 1871,120 Nun Street    
J.W. Brooks Building, built 1920, 18 South Water Street, Suite 10

Photo Directory of Homes                        

Tickets can be purchased on tour dates for $30 at all locations. Historic Wilmington Foundation members can purchase tickets for $15.

Advance tickets for the tour are available for $25 at these locations:
Azalea Festival Office, 5725 Oleander Drive
Historic Wilmington Foundation office at 2011 Market Street
Wilmington area Harris Teeter stores starting March 20th ($2 off with a VIC card)
The Sterling House, The Ivy Cottage, The Fisherman's Wife, The Transplanted Garden and A Proper Garden, all in Wilmington

Media Advisory:
Mayor Bill Saffo, New Hanover County Commissioner Chairman Woody White, County Commissioner Vice-Chair Beth Dawson, NC State House Representative Susi Hamilton and City Councilman Kevin O'Grady will officially open the tour during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 13th, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. at TJ and Judy Porter's Home, the Alexander Sprunt House, 1615 Chestnut Street.

For information, contact:

George W. Edwards, Executive Director
Laura Trivett, Marketing Director
Historic Wilmington Foundation
phone: 910-762-2511

Robert B Butler | PR | Raleigh | Wilmington

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