Preservation Chapel Hill

Colonial Inn

History

 

The Colonial Inn was constructed in 1838 to serve travelers to Hillsborough, the county seat, who needed to stay multiple days. It changed hands many times over the years, but remained open to the public throughout its long history.

 

 

Architectural Significance

 

The Colonial Inn is a nine-bay, two-story building featuring a two-story piazza and elaborate sawn woodwork. The Inn underwent a number of renovations and additions over its history, but the most significant is the 1880s renovations by Jule Gilmer Korner. The Colonial Inn is one of the few remaining buildings of Korner's design, especially rare outside of his hometown of Kernersville.

 

 

Timeline

 

2001

The Colonial Inn was purchased at auction by Francis Henry

 

2003

The State Historic Preservation Office granted a designation of Statewide Significance

 

2004

The Town of Hillsborough began a series of enforcement actions against the owner for violations of demolition by neglect ordinances, building safety violations, and zoning violations

 

June 2014

The owner submitted a Certificate of Appropriateness application to the Hillsborough Historic District Commission to demolish the building

 

August 2014

The Hillsborough Historic District Commission reviewed and denied the owner's Certificate of Appropriateness application for demolition according to the Hillsborough Historic District Guidelines and the designation of Statewide Significance

 

October 2015

The Hillsborough Town Board of Commissioners voted to begin eminent domain proceedings to take ownership of the Colonial Inn due to public safety concerns

 

 

Resources

 

State Historic Preservation Office information about Statewide Significance

 

Colonial Inn Application for a Designation of Statewide Significance

 

Certificate of Appropriateness Application for Demolition and Justification Statement

 

Hillsborough Historic District Commission information and meeting schedule

 

Hillsborough Historic District Design Guidelines (demolition on pages 64-65)