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Is the Dubois Boatwright House being renovated?

Amanda Lisk

Plans have been filed by owner Julia Boatwright with Wilmington City Code Enforcement and the Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission to start stabilization repairs to the Dubois Boatwright House as well as possibly install a new metal roof, said Historic Wilmington Foundation Executive Director George Edwards.

“The owner wants only what is best for that house. She is aggressively moving forward with the city to bring it into compliance,” Edwards said.

Located at 14 S. Third St., the Dubois Boatwright House was built by John DuBois (a merchant and Wilmington town alderman) in 1760, making it one of Wilmington’s oldest houses. The Georgian style-home remained in the Dubois family (pronounced ‘De-bose’) until 1842. It was then inherited by Lucy Wright Wooster in 1844. Today, Julia Boatwright, a descendent of Wooster, is the owner.

If the HPC and Wilmington City code enforcement give the green light, construction on the Boatwright home could begin early in 2012.

“It’s a great house and it would be fantastic to see it really sparkle again,” said Edwards. “It’s a house that, to preservationists, has great appeal.”

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