Historical Building Set for Demolition

Historical Building Set for Demolition

Historical Building Set for Demolition Featured

By / Local News / Thursday, 18 November 2021 01:27

A demolition permit has been awarded for 123 Harper Avenue in Carolina Beach. The Historical building that had been recognized by the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society for its value to the community will soon be leveled. In an email sent to Mayor and Council from Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin shared, “The Century 21 building on the corner of Harper and LPB has applied for a demolition permit.  The current building has too many maintenance issues for the owners and they believe a new building with a better layout will serve them well.  They have a limited footprint so they don’t anticipate going up with any residential.  They do plan to build back another office building that incorporates additional retail/office space along LPB. 

There has been some concern in the community that we are losing a historic building.  This building does not have a historic designation, however the owners are aware of the concerns and they do want to go back with a building that preserves some of the historic features of the current structure.”

In the 1940’s the location served as the Carolina Beach Drug Store, which was the central focal point in the community for citizens as well as tourists, with a soda fountain and snack bar to accompany the pharmacy with a rooming house upstairs. In 1948 a ultra-modem bus terminal was added to the building and opened to the public for the first time Friday, July 30, 1948. 

The bus stopped there, you could pay your light bill, and even receive advice from the resident pharmacist.” “…The two-story stucco building, with a distinctive, castle like parapet around its roof, was much more than a drug store…for years it doubled as Carolina Beach’s bus station. During World War II, a bus stopped daily to ferry local workers to the shipyard in Wilmington…Besides soft drinks, the drug store boasted a “complete and modern restaurant” with seafood and other entrees according to a 1948 Star-News advertisement. Star News Article 2/24/04 

In the past decade the location has housed former Laney Real Estate and currently Century 21 Sweyer and Associates. Postcards, pictures and history courtesy of federal-point-history.org

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