Preservation Chapel Hill

2015 Endangered Places List

One of our primary advocacy efforts each year is to publish a list of Chapel Hill's endangered places to raise awareness about the threats that face some of our most important historic treasures. The list identifies the focus of our preservation initiatives for the immediate future and helps us to form effective partnerships to find creative solutions and save these properties.

Old Town Hall

Threat: Uncertain future due to sale

Solution: Preservation Easement

Location: 100 West Rosemary Street


Built c.1938, the Old Town Hall is one of Chapel Hill's few individually-listed National Register properties. The building faces an uncertain future as Chapel Hill's Town Council debates the sale of this property. The building has no protective covenants to protect it from demolition or renovations that remove historic fabric, and with a prime location at the corner of North Columbia Street and West Rosemary Street, it isn't unrealistic to anticipate demolition if sold without a preservation easement.

St. Paul AME Church

Threat: Relocation or Demolition

Solution: Preservation Easement

Location: 101 South Merritt Mill Road


Added to the Endangered Places List in 2013, St. Paul AME Church is for sale and faces an uncertain future. With no preservation easement on the property to protect the building from demolition or inappropriate renovation, the congregation will decide the building's fate once it is sold - if the buyer plans to demolish the church, the congregation will move the building to its new location north of town, known as the future St. Paul Village. The church has been a landmark of the community and a symbol of hope and freedom for 150 years, and its relocatioin would be a great loss.

Hogan-Rogers House

Threat: Demolition by Neglect

Solution: Protection of St. Paul Church

Location: 1216 Purefoy Drive


Added to the Endangered Places List in 2012, the fate of the Hogan-Rogers House is tied to that of St. Paul AME Church. The house is located on the site of the future St. Paul Village. If a preservation-minded buyer purchases the church building, the house will be relocated to the rear of its current site and rehabilitated for use by the congregation. However, while those details are being decided, the house is rapidly deterorating, with significant damage to the roof already. The house was built c.1835-1840 by the Hogan family,  middle class planters who owned 24 slaves. Around the turn of the century, Sam Rogers, an African American farmer, purchased the property. He lost the farm in the 1930s, when it was foreclosed. The interior remains remarkably original, an excellent example of antebellum farms within Chapel Hill town limits.

Altemueller Farmhouse

Threat: Demolition by Neglect

Solution: Development

Location: MLK Jr Boulevard


Added to the Endangered Places List in 2012, the Altemueller House was built sometime before 1879 and is the last remaining example of a small family farmstead remaining from a time when Chapel Hill was a village surrounded by these farms. The fate of the house is tied to that of the Charterwood Development, which includes plans for its adaptive reuse as a business. Several business owners are interested in the building, but are concerned about a lack of parking. While the project is held up by civil action and redesign, the house is left unoccupied and unprotected.