Preservation Chapel Hill

Preservation Showcase Tour

This first annual Preservation Showcase Tour gives our members the opportunity to tour three wonderful examples of historic preservation projects. Join us in touring the Arthur C. Nash House, the Isaac Manning House, and the Edward Kidder Graham House - all three are also state
and/or federal tax credit projects. A reception will follow the tour.


Join Preservation Chapel Hill for a Preservation Showcase Tour and Reception. The owners of the Arthur C. Nash House, c.1927 at 124 South Boundary Street, the Isaac Manning House, c.1899 at 507 East Rosemary Street, and the Edward Kidder Graham House, c.1906 at 115 Battle Lane, will open their homes on May 30th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a members-only tour of three leading examples of successful historic preservation projects in Chapel Hill.


Arthur C. Nash, a prominent architect who designed much of the UNC campus in the 1920s and 30s, designed and built the Nash House for his family. The current owner used Historic Preservation tax credits towards a major rehabilitation of the house, returning it to its original appearance using Nash's blueprints. 2014 Holiday House Tour attendees can check out the progress made since December!


The Edward Kidder Graham House is an important part of local history, as it was home to several prominent leaders of the University of North Carolina, including the university president for whom the house is named. The rehabilitation of the Graham House employed many of the tools preservationists use to save buildings: a grassroots advocacy effort, preservation covenants through Preservation North Carolina, low-interest loans from PCH, and state historic rehabilitation tax credits.


Isaac Manning was dean of the UNC School of Medicine and founded the company that became Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. His home was converted to an apartment building in the mid-1900s, and returned to a single family home decades later. Using state tax credits, the current owner renovated the home to provide modern updates to the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom spaces, while retaining the historic architecture and character-defining features.


After the tour, please join us for a reception at the Horace Williams House, featuring music from The Village Band and remarks from the PCH Board of Trustees President on the value of Preservation Chapel Hill’s to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community and the impact of historic preservation on our area’s economic development. Light refreshments will be served.





Purchase your tickets from Preservation Chapel Hill by phone at 919-942-7818 or in person at our offices, the Horace Williams House at 610 East Rosemary Street.


Tickets are only available to PCH members. Advance tickets are $20, tickets purchased the day of the event are $25. Sales tax is included in all ticket prices. Memberships start at just $35 and may be purchased here or with your tour tickets.


Event volunteers may purchase tour tickets for $15. To volunteer, call 919-942-7818 or email



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