Chris Hilton has inspected homes of all ages, the oldest being in excess
of 250 years old, and been involved in the historic restoration of several
structures, he is most proud of being a recipient of the Gertrude S.
Carraway Award of Merit from the Historic Preservation Foundation of North
Carolina for "outstanding efforts in the field of historic
preservation." This honor was bestowed for his efforts in saving and restoring
the Brickenstein-Leinbach home in Winston-Salem, NC. Few home inspectors can compare
with this outstanding honor and Hilton's experience with renovation and
inspection of older homes.
almost a decade of heated debate and near brushes with demolition, the
future of the Brickenstein-Leinbach House brightened when the house and an
acre of land were purchased by Chris D. Hilton Construction Company, Inc.
In December of 1990, the 9500 square foot, 287-ton house was moved to its
new site. Following a year of meticulous rehabilitation, the home has been
returned to the splendor intended by architect, Frank P. Milburn. The home
has been designated as a Forsyth County Historic Landmark and has been
listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home now shines as
one of Winston-Salem's finest architectural gems.
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New York Times
in 1907 by Laurence Brickenstein, a county commissioner, leading Moravian
and one of only four plumbing contractors in the state. Designed by the
noted southern architect, Frank Pierce Milburn, in Queen Ann Style, popular
at the turn of the century. It provided a home for four generations of the
Brickenstein and Leinbach familes. Clarence T. Leinbach married
Brickenstein's daughter, Margaret, and lived in the house for 53 years. A
prominent Moravian layman, civic leader, and Vice President of Wachovia Bank, he was the founding president of the Moravian Music
Foundation, a position he held for 13 years.
and After...(click to enlarge)
October 20, 1990
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Salem, Inc. gave this structure to Chris Hilton and sold him a tract of
land for $8,000 to save it from destruction in 1990. Chris sold the
property in 1995,
the property recently appraised for $1,300,000.
Slide show of the
"Hope this thing doesn't fall in the street":
"Got to stabilize this chimney":