It’s official! Our Historic District Nomination was accepted August 25 and listed on the National Parks Service website on September 3. The Ardmore Historic District includes about 2,000 properties in an area roughly bounded by Knollwood, Queen, Duke and Ardsley streets. To complete this project, it took almost four years and the work of more than 100 of your neighbors lead by Sherry Joines Wyatt, our preservationist. Thank you to the many people who worked on the history, the photography, the surveys, the fund raisers and in general offered support during this long but interesting project.
We’ll be celebrating this achievement in a number of ways. For the last three years we have been raising money for historic district markers which we hope to have installed by late spring. In November, we’ll have an event called “Ardmore Remembers” to share the living history in this neighborhood. In winter, probably February, we’ll have a seminar on using the tax credits that come with historic designation and perhaps about historic gardens. Finally, in May, we’ll have The Historic Ardmore Garage and Garden Tour.
To see a copy of the map of the district, come to any of our public meetings or events. The next will be October 21, our Annual Meeting. To read the story of the neighborhood, visit our web site at www.ardmore.ws and select Historic District Narrative. To see if your home is listed, visit the web site and select Historic District Inventory.
Ardmore’s is a National Historic District recognizing the rich variety of home styles and the large number of original garages. Our neighborhood is significant because it is the first suburb in Winston-Salem where residents needed cars in order to commute to work. Because of the listing with the National Parks Service, homeowners may be eligible for federal and state tax credits for work done to maintain these homes. To learn more about the tax credits, visit the state of North Carolina web site: www.hpo.dcr.state.nc.us and select tax credits.