RALEIGH (August 10, 2021) — The North Carolina Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is conducting a comprehensive architectural survey of historic buildings, structures, and sites within the town limits of Taylorsville in Alexander County. Work on the survey began on August 9 and is being conducted by Audrey Thomas, Architectural Survey Specialist in the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in Asheville.
The Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee, which was established in 2019 by the Alexander County Board of Commissioners, has been working hand-in-hand with the State Historic Preservation Office to get local properties identified as potential sites to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Members include Chairman Larry Yoder, Vice-Chairman Lee Sharpe, Helen Chestnut, Nancy Coley, and Betty Long. Connie Kincaid serves as the staff liaison.
Larry Yoder, who serves as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and the Historic Preservation Committee, said he is excited to see substantial progress occurring after the committee’s three years of work.
“The Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee has been diligently working to develop a plan to identify historic properties within the county. This architectural survey is a big step for our community and our property owners,” Yoder stated. “Historic designation is an honor, meaning the community believes the architecture, history, and character of the area are worthy of recognition and protection. I’m proud of the work that is being done to preserve our history here in Alexander County.”
Scheduled for completion this fall, the project involves the documentation of approximately 130 buildings and structures built prior to 1975 throughout the town. Thomas will be in Taylorsville for fieldwork in the commercial and residential areas of town August 9-13 and will return for follow-up fieldwork as needed. She also will meet with representatives of the county and town, as well as local historians.
In addition to documenting properties with photographs, written descriptions, and oral and archival history, Thomas will identify properties that appear to be potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as districts. Properties that are found to be potentially eligible for the National Register would also be potentially eligible for state and federal tax credits for certified historic rehabilitation. The project will culminate in a final report that analyzes the town’s history through the lens of its historic architecture.
Taylorsville’s historic resources were first surveyed in 1987 when architectural historian Vickie Mason recorded historic dwellings, schools, churches, and commercial buildings in Alexander County. Recent consultation between the HPO and the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee has revealed a growing interest in identifying and documenting Taylorsville’s historic buildings. In April 2019, HPO staff examined the town to determine the scope of work for the survey.
At the conclusion of the project, the HPO will share the digital files with the local Historic Preservation Committee and the town. Public access to the information will be available through HPOWEB, the HPO’s geographic information system, which is accessible online at http://gis.ncdcr.gov/hpoweb. The survey material will facilitate the environmental review necessary for state and federal undertakings and will aid in planning for future economic and community development projects. Survey products also will be useful for the continued development of heritage tourism programs in Taylorsville.
For more information on the comprehensive architectural survey of Taylorsville, contact Audrey Thomas, Architectural Survey Specialist serving the 25-county western region for the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office, at email@example.com or 828-250-3107.
For more information about the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee and its efforts, contact Connie Kincaid at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 352-7757.
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, non-profit institutions, local governments, and agencies of state and federal government in the identification, evaluation, protection, and enhancement of properties significant in North Carolina’s 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 (www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/newsletter/newsletter.htm).
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit www.ncdcr.gov.