For Exterior Rehabilitation of the Harward-Bagley House, 209 East Chatham Street, Apex
The house at 209 East Chatham Street was built by W.H. Harward, a notable businessman and property owner in Apex, for his daughter upon her marriage around 1900. A century later, the two-story frame, L-plan Queen Anne was just another run-down house, owned by a nearby church in Apex. The church was using the house, previously divided up into apartments, as storage space and had made plans to demolish it for a parking lot before changing course and putting it up for sale. Doug and Pam Boyette bought the house from the church in the fall of 2008 and began making plans for a major renovation that would repair years of damage and neglect and bring the house back to its former glory.
With assistance on design and heavy construction from Lee and Gretchen Williams of Leland Builders, the Boyettes embraced their roles as renovators by replicating and repairing many exterior features such as the Queen Anne-style wrap-around porch and stained glass windows. All but a few of the decorative brackets on the front porch were missing, so Mr. Boyette made new ones using the few that were intact as a pattern. Many of the porch balusters were also missing or broken. All 100 were either repaired or replaced by Eastern Wake Hardwoods in Zebulon. Eastern Wake also turned new porch posts that matched the historic ones. The original front door had been shortened and moved to the side of the house to serve as an apartment entry. Over a four-month period Eastern Wake Hardwoods restored this door including hand making some of the molding that was missing. Original second story windows had been removed and replaced with shorter windows. The openings were restored to their original size and filled with four-over-four wood sash. Fortunately the house retained its original weatherboard siding, wide plain freeze boards, eave returns and diamond vents. The exterior was prepped and painted a tranquil tan, with white trim to emphasize these architectural details.
The Board of Directors of Capital Area Preservation, Inc. is pleased to present a 2010 Anthemion Award to Doug & Pam Boyette; Leland Builders; and Eastern Wake Hardwoods for the Exterior Residential Rehabilitation of the Harward-Bagley House, 209 East Chatham Street, Apex.