The Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel is the only Cary-based
historic preservation organization. Our parent organization, the Cary
Historical Society, dissolved in 2006 and transferred their remaining assets to
us. We serve to raise awareness of
preservation issues in the Cary
area and to prevent the loss of our remaining historic resources.
We cannot accomplish this alone. Our financial resources are
limited and we are a small yet highly dedicated organization. We work with a
number of public and private organizations to achieve our goals. Please
consider joining the Friends or providing a donation to help us to pursue this
Great accomplishments have been made over the years to
protect what we still have. We need to thank Phyllis Tuttle in particular. A
former president and founding member of the Friends of the Page-Walker, Phyllis
was the driving force behind Cary
historic preservation for many years.
Thanks to these efforts, Cary
today has three National Register of Historic Places historic districts as well
as three properties individually listed in the Register. Listing in the
National Register is a great honor and can provide some tax incentive to the
owners, however it affords little real protection for the property.
We have three properties that are designated as local
historic landmarks. The tax credits available to the owners of landmark
properties are substantial and with them come limitation on alterations to
these precious buildings. The highest level of protection comes with
preservation easements which can protect structures from demolition or
Of larger concern are the older and/or historic buildings
that do not yet benefit from any protective designation. The Friends are
working to add the most significant of these to the list of registered and
designated properties. We are also working with state and local government to
enact plans and ordinances that provide additional protection.
The Friends also drive a number of activities to raise public awareness of preservation issues. We sponsor a series of preservation speaker programs throughout the year culiminating with What Have We Got to Lose?, our annual update on the status of Cary's historic structures. We also facilitate the procurement of plaques for our National Register listed buildings.
To learn more about what you can do to help preserve Cary’s
architectural heritage, please contact the Friends of the Page-Walker or any of
our partner organizations. We also suggest a number of books that can provide
both general and local-area preservation insight.