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Preservationists Save Historic Wake Forest House

Posted August 24, 2007

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— I. Beverly Lake Jr., a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, has many memories of his childhood home.

“I hit my first home run in that side yard,” he said. “I well remember that. I went all the way around and never touched a single base. So, I learned a lot about baseball.”

Preservationists recently saved the 90-year-old house, which has been on the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The seminary wants to build a new student center, so the house has to move.

“It’s a monumental task, much more than anyone would anticipate,” said Gary Roth, with Capital Area Preservation.

Crews recently tore down some interior walls to get the house ready for a not-so-easy move. The plan was to cut the house in half to fit through trees and power lines to get to nearby North College Street.

Despite some of the interior destruction, preservationists said someone new will call the house home.

“Many historic structures are worthy of continued use and are able to be used continuously. This is a perfect example,” Roth said.

Lake lived in the house until he was 6 years old. His father was a professor at the school when it was still Wake Forest College.

Lake said he remembered being a troublemaker as a boy.

“I ran away from home on adventures with my two big collie dogs on a number of occasions,” he said. “I scared my folks half to death in other ways, fell down the steps there and broke my collarbone.”

Capital Area Preservation was still taking donations to help pay for the moving costs as of Friday. The group hopes to have the house in its new location by late September.

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  • QT3.14 Aug 25, 2007

    Gee, LSH, let me guess - you drive over the Neuse River bridge to your cookie cutter home in suburb-land.

  • Americanpatriot Aug 25, 2007

    they need to start preserving instead of destructing. history can teach us a lot, we just need to listen!

  • William Tell Aug 25, 2007

    Throw Me the Whip, sorry, my bad, I do see where you corrected yourself. You are right, it was before my "heartbeat juice" this morning

  • Is it Friday yet Aug 25, 2007

    "Throw Me the Whip, nobody is building 350,000 homes anywhere in NC. I think you meant $350,000 homes".

    Yep, thats why I corrected myself. Not enough coffee.

  • William Tell Aug 25, 2007

    Throw Me the Whip, nobody is building 350,000 homes anywhere in NC. I think you meant $350,000 homes

  • Is it Friday yet Aug 25, 2007

    "I'd be a lot prouder of having historic housing in a town than subdivision blight like Heritage and Bedford."

    Yep. Take it from an ex-Californian, once you lose those houses, your town's character disapears.

  • Is it Friday yet Aug 25, 2007

    $350,000 homes that is, not 350,000 homes. doh.

  • Is it Friday yet Aug 25, 2007

    Unfortunately, Capital Area Preservation wasnt able to save the Freeman House on Rogers Road. They are now building 350,000 homes on 1/4 acre lots in its place. This is supposedly progress.

  • Durham-Raleigh Aug 25, 2007

    "IF HE WANTS IT SAVED SO BAD, MAYBE HE SHOULD PAY TO MOVE INSTEAD OF STEAL PEOPLES MONEY BY TELLING THEM THEY ARE GIVING DONATIONS TO A GOOD CAUSE."

    Accepting donations is stealing? That, er, doesn't make any sense.

    It's important to respect the history we have in our Triangle towns. Believe me, I'd be a lot prouder of having historic housing in a town than subdivision blight like Heritage and Bedford.

  • LSH247 Aug 25, 2007

    IF HE WANTS IT SAVED SO BAD, MAYBE HE SHOULD PAY TO MOVE INSTEAD OF STEAL PEOPLES MONEY BY TELLING THEM THEY ARE GIVING DONATIONS TO A GOOD CAUSE. I SAY SPEND THE MONEY AND SAVE THE FALLS OF NEUSE RD BRIDGE OVER THE NEUSE RIVER.

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