Preservation Chapel Hill

A Passion To Preserve: The History of PCH

The mid-twentieth century saw many changes in Chapel Hill, including the loss of several historic buildings. In 1972, the impending demolition of the Mickle-Mangum-Smith House spurred Ida Friday and Georgia Kyser into action. The two long-time residents of Chapel Hill worked with historic preservation pioneer Robert Stipe to form the Chapel Hill Preservation Society. In 1973, the fledgling organization purchased, restored, and resold the Mickle-Mangum-Smith House - the first of many preservation success stories.

The organization grew quickly and soon required a headquarters. The University offered to lease the Horace Williams House to the group in 1973. After a $100,000 restoration project, the Chapel Hill Preservation Society finally had a place to call home.

Since its founding, the organization has worked diligently to preserve Chapel Hill's historic resources, advocate for preservation initiatives, and educate homeowners about caring for their historic homes. Now called Preservation Chapel Hill, the organization remains dedicated to protecting historic architecture and cultural landscapes in the twenty-first century.