Preservation Chapel Hill


Allison Essen

Rental Coordinator

Allison has degrees in both Chemistry and English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also played flute in the Wind Ensemble.


Allison oversees all rentals of the Horace Williams House, including weddings, gala events, and receptions. For many years she worked for the San Francisco Symphony, and before that she had a career in medical and scientific publishing in New York. 


Allison has lived in two mid-century masterpieces, one from her childhood and one she restored.  She has also experienced the joys of double-hung windows and antique plumbing in her family’s 1895 house in Graham. She lives in Chatham County and has three sons.


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