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Preservation Showcase Tour & Reception: Franklin-Rosemary Historic District

  • Horace Williams House 610 E Rosemary St Chapel Hill, NC, 27514 United States (map)

This first annual Preservation Showcase Tour & Reception gives our members the opportunity to tour two wonderful examples of historic preservation projects. Join us in touring the Nash House and the Edward Kidder Graham House. Reception to follow.  

Preservation Chapel Hill

Preservation Showcase Tour & Reception

Purchase your tickets from Preservation Chapel Hill by phone (919.942.7818) or in person, at the Horace Williams House (610 East Rosemary Street).

Tickets are only available to PCH members. Advance tickets are $20, tickets purchased the day of the event are $25. Event volunteers may purchase tour tickets for $15. To volunteer, email Cassandra or call 919-942-7818

Purchase your tickets today! 


You've heard about the Preservation Showcase Tour on Saturday, May 30th, but do you know much about one of the homes on the tour? The Edward Kidder Graham House has a fairytale ending that you are going to want to witness! 

The Edward Kidder Graham House was built for Susan Moses and Edward Kidder Graham. The c.1908 colonial style cottage home sits at the corner of Hooper and Battle Lanes. Nicknamed "Bulrushes" for the native bamboo growing there, the cottage was home to many prominent educators, UNC presidents, lawyers, painters, and political leaders. In the 1940s, it housed the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, who popularized calling the home "the little brown house on Battle Lane." In 1968, scenes from Three in the Attic, a low-budget movie about the sexual revolution, was filmed there.

Front of the EKG House before rehabilitation. 

Front of the EKG House before rehabilitation. 

In the late 1990s, a developer purchased the house and it sat vacant for the next sixteen years. During that time, the grand house slowly deteriorated. At one point, extensive storm damage from fallen trees required the removal of the entire front porch.

In 2007, the Town of Chapel Hill condemned the house. That same year, Preservation Chapel Hill and Preservation North Carolina began searching for a buyer capable of undertaking the large-scale rehabilitation, but the recession did not make it easy to find a suitable buyer. In 2009, enforcing the town's prevention of demolition by neglect ordinance, the Chapel Hill Historic District Commission ordered the owner to either repair the building or find a buyer.

A buyer finally was found for the Edward Kidder Graham House in 2009 with the cooperation of the Town, which delayed demolition as long as possible, Preservation North Carolina, which administers a preservation easement on the property, and Preservation Chapel Hill, which led local advocacy efforts. That year, the house had some stabilization and rehabilitation work started, but it was never completed. It was not until December 2013, when AraLu and Martin Lindsey purchased the home, that the rehabilitation work was successfully completed.

After decades of neglect, the Edward Kidder Graham House needed extensive work. While the foundation, framing, and exterior walls are all original, much of the home had to be replaced, including the exterior cedar shakes and about 80% of the subflooring. As much of the original heart of pine hardwood flooring as possible was salvaged, and the original hardware throughout the home was restored. Other original elements that were retained include the stairwell banister, mantles, fireplaces, columns, and doors. The original home had six bedrooms and one bathroom, and there are now four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The rehabilitation was finally complete in 2014.

Preservation Chapel Hill presented the Lindseys with a 2015 Preservation Award for their dedication to historic preservation demonstrated through their rehabilitation of the Edward Kidder Graham House.
To see how the rehabilitation work turned out, you are going to want to take the Preservation Showcase Tour!

Click here for more information about the tour. 

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Current members can purchase tickets with the link above. If you think your membership has lapsed, contact us at 919.942.7818

Immediately following the tour, we will have a reception and concert by the Village Band at the Horace Williams House.

If you have any questions, feel free to give call (919.942.7818) or email Cassandra!