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Historic Wake Forest Home Moved

Posted October 11, 2007
Updated October 14, 2007

— A historic house in Wake Forest came off its foundations and safely to rest at its new home on Wednesday, thanks to the work of preservationists.

The I. Beverly Lake House was moved six blocks from a temporary site at Stadium Drive and Wingate Stree to its new permanent location at 416 N. College St. on Wednesday morning.

The 90-year-old house was the old childhood home of a former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice and had been owned by the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Capital Area Preservation has already sold the house as a private residence for around $140,000.

“Many historic structures are worthy of continued use and are able to be used continuously. This is a perfect example,” Gary Roth, executive director of CAP, told WRAL during renovation of the house in August.

The house had been in the center of the SBTS, formerly Wake Forest College. The seminary plans to build a new student center on the old site of the house.

Capital Area Preservation bought the house when the seminary announced its plans and moved it to a temporary site. With K.B. Bunn and Son and Williams Custom Building, CAP spent two years renovating the inside of the house.

“It’s a monumental task, much more than anyone would anticipate,” Roth said.


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  • haggis basher Oct 12, 2007

    "What kind of society are we if we only value shiny, new, pretty things and throw away anything that is old. And what are we teaching our children. Houses like this one need to be preserved and kudos to CAP for making this happen."

    likewise valuing something merely because it is old. Especially if its old and ugly. This house is just a cookie cutter home of the past and of little historical and no architectural merit.
    There are so many beautiful old houses and barns in NC and they choose to save this one.......

  • ltbarkley Oct 12, 2007

    Now kathryn23, see that is the description that should have been written in the article. It makes sense to save the house in that case. However, just because something is old does not make it worth saving - I think thats the point other people are trying to say. Sometimes progress forward is needed, not just keeping what we have.

  • kathryn23 Oct 11, 2007

    This house is more than just the boyhood home of the former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. It is a Craftsman style bungalow build around 1910. When Wake Forest College was still in Wake Forest, the streets around the campus were lined with houses like this. With all the development in the center of town and around the campus, there are only 2 left. This one which had to moved to save it from the bulldozers and one other which is protected by a historic preservation easement held by Preservation North Carolina. It is historically significant by virtue of its architecture and because it is one of the only surviving examples of a style of home that was commonplace in Wake Forest in the early 20th century.

    What kind of society are we if we only value shiny, new, pretty things and throw away anything that is old. And what are we teaching our children. Houses like this one need to be preserved and kudos to CAP for making this happen.

  • ThatsWhatIThought Oct 11, 2007


    Yep, that was my husband, his dad owns the business and he is the "Son" in K.B. Bunn & Son.It's VERY hard work, but he loves it. He wouldn't do anything else. My husband knows Richard McRary well. What's your blog address? My husband would love to see pics. We actually live a house that was moved.

  • jlynwin Oct 11, 2007

    George Tirebiter said: The 'I' must be pretty embarrassing if he preferred to be called Beverly.
    And he lived in a mobile home!
    That's funny! The I stands for Issac and he choice to be called BEV even funnier

  • haggis basher Oct 11, 2007

    I googled Capital Area Preservation and they have done some good work in the past saving beautiful old homes but it s not clear who pays for this on the site and I think they wasted their money on that one. Its an ugly house IMHO and not even of any real historical importance.
    It is very clever the way they move them though :)

  • Rocknhorse Oct 11, 2007

    mrtwinturbo - you should check out my blogs and photo galleries about moving a farm house.

    ThatsWhatIThought - Your husband does this type of work? That's very neat. We had Richard McCrary move our house and he had to cut it in half. He did an AMAZING job! Since our adventure began, I have gotten hooked on Mega Movers (Discovery Channel I think?) where they showcase large moves (Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, for ex). Tell your husband that I respect the HECK out of his profession. We do restoration cleaning of old buildings and sub with a co. that does restoration masonry work. It's so nice to see an old building come back to life!

  • ThatsWhatIThought Oct 11, 2007

    My husband actually moved this house. The business is very fascinating. Housemovers are recyclers ,they can take a house that is going to torn down or needs to be moved and move it somewhere else and renovate it and it's as good as new. Especially older homes, those homes didn't take a month to build from the ground up like houses do today.

  • mrtwinturbo Oct 11, 2007

    The house was twice as wide as the streets so the engineers cut it in half and then cut the roof of it, they should have kept cutting and made firewood out of it

  • Rocknhorse Oct 11, 2007

    Steve, I agree with you on this one. Just b/c someone notable lived there doesn't make it a 'historic' place. If someone wanted to move it and save it for themselves, then more power to them. But having a former judge doesn't make it historic.

    Pikemom - I have recently moved an old farm house onto our property and am in the process of restoring it. To you, you may see junk. To me, I see solid heart of pine beams that run from ground up, rather than the flimsy less than 2x4s hammered together. I see the 1" thick tongue/groove hard wood floors that are actual hard wood and show no signs of separation, unlike my current 8 yo house that I can fit a quarter between the planks of "hard wood" in some areas. Old houses were built better than modern houses, with more durable materials. It's a fact. That's why it took 2 cranes to lift the walls and ceiling off of ours, not floors, just walls & ceiling.

    If nothing else, moving a house is a learning experience. Very fascinating.