Historic Salisbury Foundation’s annual meeting offers look at Fulton-Mock-Blackmer House
SALISBURY — Historic Salisbury Foundation held the organization’s 40th annual meeting April 12 with a crowd of approximately 85 members.
Susan Sides, president of the board of trustees, gave a recap of the past year’s accomplishments and milestones, including the 40th Anniversary Celebration and the largest OctoberTour in the history of the organization.
Barb Sorel, chairperson of the 40th Anniversary events, unveiled a bronze plaque inside the depot, which lists the names of the events’ major sponsors.
Four members of the board of trustees completed their terms: Sarah Kellogg, Jewel Ziprik, Bud Mickle and Greg Shields. Five new trustees were approved by the members present: Heather Brady, Leah Campion, Diane Hooper, Whitney Wallace and Reginald Brown.
HSF Executive Director Brian Davis outlined a list of goals for the organization over the next year, including a new website with historic real estate listings and a business directory to assist owners who are renovating their historic building.
Davis noted that with the donation of a large collection of books from Jim Dunn and the work of a dedicated group of volunteers led by Ray Barber, the organization now has a research archive available for public use.
Removal of material from the Grimes Mill fire should be completed in the next several months. The historic 1896 roller mill on North Church Street was destroyed in a five-alarm fire on Jan. 16. The foundation estimates at least 75 percent of the debris such as metal, brick, stone and wood will be recycled or re-used, to keep it from the landfill.
Historic Salisbury Foundation plans to open an architectural salvage warehouse this summer, thanks to the assistance of a grant from the Salisbury Community Foundation.
Located in the foundation’s former ice house on East Horah Street, it will be a resource for contractors and building owners who need historic doors, windows, mantles, hardware and other items for their renovation projects.
The foundation is finalizing the list of sites which will be featured on the 2013 OctoberTour. Included on this list is the Fulton-Mock-Blackmer House, which will be a rehabilitation-in-progress house.
Visitors will see the early stages of a renovation, learn how to discover clues to a building’s past and receive information about companies and services that can assist them with their preservation projects.
Historic Salisbury Foundation purchased the property last July and is currently in the documentation and planning phase.
Preservation architect Joseph K. Oppermann presented the public with its first look of the interior of the house in 28 years. Along with architectural features such as Federal-style windows and shutters, false wood graining on doors and early wallpaper, Oppermann mentioned the history and context of the house, as discovered by architectural historian Davyd Foard Hood.
“You have to think of this as above-ground archaeology,” Oppermann said, “but the clues tell us what an important house this is and why it is so necessary to save it as a record of the history of the North Carolina Piedmont.”
Edward Clement presented the award of trustee emerita to three former board members, for their years of service and dedication to the organization. Carole Jean Zvonar, Sarah Kellogg and Jewel Ziprik join the foundation’s two existing trustee emeritae, Caroline Hurley and Blanche Sherill.
Clement noted that it was extremely rare to present three trustee emeritus awards at one time, but this year’s winners have given a combined total of 63 years of service to the organization.
Joan Rusher was host of the event, which was held at the Salisbury Station.