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Outbuilding, Orton, Brunswick County, North Carolina

Orton (Brunswick County, N.C.)
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Item information

Title:
Outbuilding, Orton, Brunswick County, North Carolina
Topics:
Architecture
Subjects:
Greek revival (Architecture)
Plantation houses
Outbuildings
Original Format:
Color slides; 2 x 2 in.
Item identifier:
bh1026pnc004
Architect:
Landscape architect:
Genre:
Architectural photographs
Location:
Brunswick County (N.C.)
Orton Plantation (N.C.)
Digital Project:
Built Heritage

Source information

Repository:
Preservation North Carolina
Collection:
Preservation North Carolina Historic Architecture Slide Collection, 1965-2005 (PNC slides) held by
Note field:
Not all materials from the physical collection may have been scanned. Images may have been enhanced for web access.
Rights:
Reproduction and use of this material requires permission from Preservation North Carolina. For general information see the Preservation North Carolina website (http://www.presnc.org).
Funding:
Digitization of this image was partially supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Building:

Built:
Community:
Brunswick County
State:
North Carolina
Provenance note:
The brick house of Roger Moore, first owner, is believed to be the core of the present structure. The house was owned by Benjamin Smith (Governor of North Carolina) in the early nineteenth century, and by Dr. Frederick Jones Hill in 1826.
Architectural note:
The Doric porticoes added by Dr. Hill in the mid-nineteenth century are rare for domestic structures in North Carolina, and the house is considered an icon of Old South architecture.
Historical note:
Orton is the only surviving plantation along the Lower Cape Fear River, and initially produced naval stores and rice. The house was renovated as a hunting retreat by Kenneth Murchison Sr. after the Civil War. The Colonial Revival wings were added after Murchison's death during a later renovation by his daughter, Loula Murchison Sprunt, her husband, James Sprunt (civic leader and historian), and his son Kenneth M. Murchison Jr. (architect). The rice fields have been transformed into a bird refuge and the grounds include gardens designed by Robert Swann Sturtevant. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location:
Brunswick County (N.C.)
Subjects:
Houses
Housing, Single family
Historic buildings
National Historic Landmarks

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