May 26, 2016

History Salisbury Foundation Preservation Awards

Tonight is the Historic Salisbury Foundation 32nd Annual Preservation Awards Reception at the historic Salisbury Depot!  

Each year, the Foundation accepts nominations in recognizing and saluting preservation leaders in our community.

Tonight, thirteen individuals and eight properties will be recognized:
  • Leslie Black - Volunteer of the Year
  • John Brindle - Digitizing Images and Land Records Dating Back to 1753
  • Elysia Demers - Advocacy and Activism in Chestnut Hill Neighborhood
  • Phil & Dodie King - Advocacy and Activism Efforts in Kesler Mill and Park Avenue Neighborhood
  • C.J. Peters - Rehabilitation of Porch and Windows on Ovelle White-Burton House
  • Tommy Stoner - Rehabilitation of 301 4th Street and Encouraging Neighborhood Revitilization
  • Mark Wineka - Celebration of Historic Restorations and Structures in "The Salisbury Magazine"
  • Al Wilson - Renovation of St. Luke's Episcopal Church building
  • Chad Morgan - Interior Faux Finishes and Cornice Designs in Fulton-Mock-Blackmer House
  • Barbara Perry - Community Appearance Efforts
  • Lynn Raker - Advocacy for the City of Salisbury
  • Carol Rathburn - Transcription of "Mary Cowan Hall Cookbook"
  • Bernhardt Hardware Buildings
  • Bostian Retirement Planning
  • New Sarum Brewing Company
  • Salisbury Fire Station #5
  • Sedberry's Framing & Art Gallery
  • The W. Goodson House (Jeff & Kelly Cannon)
  • The Ovelle White-Burton House (Priscilla Clark)
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Greg Rapp, of Wallace Realty Company in historic downtown Salisbury North Carolina, has a passion for history and preservation, and was himself recognized with a Preservation Professional of the Year Award at a past Historic Salisbury Foundation awards night. 

More to the point, Greg Rapp's fingerprint is on many of these awards that come through the HSF recognition program:

In June of 2015, Greg Rapp brought Priscilla Clark from Alberta, Canada to Salisbury to purchase the circa 1915 Ovelle White-Burton bungalow in the Fulton Heights neighborhood in Salisbury. 

Priscilla wanted to live somewhere where historic preservation was important. Priscilla found Realtor® Greg Rapp through his website at, and has been recognized repeatedly for the work she has done in renovating the historic home.

Greg's concepts for the Bernhardt Hardware Buildings in the heart of downtown Salisbury were the catalyst in the building's purchase and renovation by Calm Holdings and Central Piedmont Builders.  Greg presented his concept for second story residential spaces with first floor retail to Bryan Wymbs and Chad Vriesema . . . and the rest is history.  

Calm Holdings purchased the circa 1882 building and has accomplished one of the most exciting historic reuse projects in the Salisbury.  Before construction was even completed, Greg Rapp had most of the residential units leased and the retail spaces filled!

Elysia and Tim Demers worked with Greg Rapp to purchase their circa 1900 Victorian home in the cusp neighborhood of Chestnut Hill...and the face of the neighborhood will never be the same! 

Historic Salisbury Foundation executed its option to buy the circa 1900 Victorian home at 820 South Jackson St. ~ and with the services of Greg Rapp, sold it with protective covenants to Elysia and Tim. The couple often expresses how invaluable Greg Rapp was in helping them work through the special processes a purchase of this sort involves.  Since moving into their historic home, Elysia has been a calalyst in neighborhood improvement, bringing the City of Salisbury's award winning BlockWork program to the community, and even installing a neighborhood park!

Elysia & Tim had this to say about working with Greg Rapp of Wallace Realty:

"All the multiple houses, calls, and emails.  We thank you so much for sticking with us all this time" and "Many thanks, Celebrity Greg!"  When the duo was looking for a real estate agent in the area . . .  and nearly everyone told the couple they should sign with Greg Rapp, they donned him a celebrity!

Since 1983, Historic Salisbury Foundation has celebrated local historic preservation successes by presenting Preservation Awards to individuals, companies, and projects demonstrating various areas of excellence in preservation. This event is typically held in May, which is National Preservation Month. Nominations are accepted from the public throughout the year and reviewed by a committee of preservation leaders in Rowan County. Projects completed within the past three years in Rowan County are eligible to receive an award. HSF's Preservation Awards are made from bricks salvaged from the 1896 Grimes Mill, a roller mill which was lost to fire in January 2013.

The Salisbury-Rowan community embraces historic preservation and is proud of the Preservation Award Winners each year!  And behind the scenes, real estate agent Greg Rapp will continue to make his mark bringing preservation minded buyers and old-house enthusiasts to the area!  

You can reach Greg at (704) 213-6846 . . . maybe your name will be on the 2017 list of Preservation Award Winners!

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

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