A historic home on Moores River Drive is receiving the TLC it deserves. New owners Holli Seabury, executive director of the Delta Dental Foundation, and her husband, Mark, a chemist at Pratt & Whitney, purchased the fixer-upper this year with the intent to remodel the 93-year-old home while maintaining its charm. And there is a lot of charm to maintain.
Consistent with the English Tudor style, the home has steeply pitched roofs, half-timber accents on its gables and groupings of tall, narrow windows. Limestone is used to accent the ornate windows and front door of the home, and green slate tiles decorate the roof. The interior is just as rich.
“We looked at the house with no intent to buy it,” Hollie recalls, “but the open floor plan and the paneled library sold me. I am still in awe of the leaded-glass windows and the grand staircase.”
While it appears to be in good condition, the building is in serious need of some updates, including structural restoration and modernizing the electric and climate control systems. No strangers to major renovations, the Seaburys anticipate tending to every square inch of the house, inside and out: “We will be working on it for years, but the first priority is to get a functional kitchen and bathrooms.”
The home was built by the Estes family, owners of a local furniture store and funeral home. For the last 40 years, it has served as a parsonage for a local church.
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