Kenan House

Wilmington, NC

Built in the early twentieth century, the Kenan House was substantially remodeled following a fire in 1931.  A gift from the Kenan family, the house became the university chancellor’s residence in the 1960s.   When the previous chancellor left, the University saw the opportunity for a substantial remodeling before the new chancellor moved in.  HagerSmith Design carried out a conditions assessment for the building, and then prepared complete construction documents for an extensive renovation.  As part of the project, a new first floor toilet was created out of a pantry, a kitchenette was created on the second floor, and lighting was upgraded throughout the house.  On the exterior, the ornamental bronze and glass solarium was stripped of paint and new overhead glazing was installed.  The terrazzo terrace at the front of the house was replaced with a new terrazzo deck and drainage system.  Repairs were made to the ornamental cornices and columns and window sash were reconstructed or reworked.

Project Scope

  • Conditions Assessment
  • Architectural/Engineering
  • Design for Complete Renovation
  • Construction Administration
  • Client- University of North Carolina at Wilmington