Tuesday, September 26, 2023

In Pictures: Downtown historic home, and future southern seafood restaurant, wheeled up North Fourth Street

The home will be repurposed into a southern seafood restaurant two blocks from its original location in downtown Wilmington's Northside neighborhood.

A historic house in downtown Wilmington's northside neighborhood was transported down 4th Street Thursday afternoon. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
A historic house in downtown Wilmington’s Northside neighborhood was transported down 4th Street Thursday afternoon. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

WILMINGTON — An historic home on Bladen Street in the Northside neighborhood of downtown Wilmington was moved to an open lot two blocks north on 4th Street Thursday afternoon.

The move was made in collaboration with the Historic Wilmington Foundation and restaurateurs Jennifer Concklin and Matt Walker, who will turn the historic bungalow into a southern seafood restaurant in 2019.

“It was important to create a space where everybody in the community can enjoy the house not too far where they remembered it,” Walker said.

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“We’re excited to bring its history to light,” Concklin added, noting that her research found a resident living in the house as early as 1883. She said the house still has its original nails, glass, and dormer.

Peter Hansen, who was leading up the project for Philadelphia-based Wolfe Home Movers, said he is always excited to contribute to communities like downtown Wilmington through his work — work that has taken him to many places.

“We’ve moved an armory in India, the Biltmore Hotel in Florida, and Alexander Hamilton’s house in New York City,” Hanson said.

View a photo gallery of the house move here:

History on wheels

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