The owners of the Governor Dudley Mansion, Mike and Kimberly Hayden, were among the recipients of Historic Wilmington Foundation’s top preservation awards. The most significant change to the Front Street appearance included the removal of shutters from the facade and the removal of palm trees from the landscape taking the landmark 1835 dwelling back to its 1940s period. The Haydens recently completed an extensive renovation of the mansion’s infrastructure, and under the direction of project architect Bruce Bowman of BMH Architects, restored the rooftop widow’s walk.
They also designed and built an interior grand circular stair leading to the home’s ground level. Restoration contractor, David Thomas of DP Construction was additionally awarded the HWF’s coveted Katherine Howell award.
Other projects that received the foundation’s nod included the restoration and adaptive reuse of Topsail High School in Hampstead, which once topped the organization’s Most Threatened Places list. Kudos were shared between LS3P and Pender County.
Capt. Terry and Phoebe Bragg were the recipients of Resident’s of Old Wilmington’s Good Neighbor Award and Ironclad Brewery was recognized by Wilmington Downtown Inc.