Architectural survey underway in Taylorsville | Local News


Shown, from left, are Lee Sharpe, vice chairman of the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee; Audrey Thomas; and City Councilor Kim Brown.


TAYLORSVILLE – The North Carolina Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is conducting a comprehensive architectural study of historic buildings, structures and sites within the city limits of Taylorsville in Alexander County.

Work on the survey began August 9 and is being led by Audrey Thomas, an architectural survey specialist in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Western Office in Asheville.

The Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee, which was established in 2019 by the Alexander County Council of Commissioners, has worked hand-in-hand with the state historic preservation office to ensure local properties are identified as potential sites for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Members include President Larry Yoder, Vice President Lee Sharpe, Helen Chestnut, Nancy Coley and Betty Long. Connie Kincaid serves as the staff liaison.

Larry Yoder, who is chair of the Council of Commissioners and the Historic Preservation Committee, said he was delighted to see substantial progress occurring after the committee’s three years of work.

“The Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee has worked diligently to develop a plan to identify historic properties in the county. This architectural study is a big step for our community and our owners, ”said Yoder. “The historic designation is an honor, which means the community believes that the architecture, history and character of the area deserve to be recognized and protected. I am proud of the work that is done to preserve our history here in Alexander County.


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