THE couple, who are from Pennsylvania, had vacationed in Wrightsville
Beach with their three children and six grandchildren and especially
enjoyed visiting historic downtown Wilmington. They had been
casually looking for a historic home when the Langdon home came on
“One of our plans for retirement was to get a historic home that needed some
work,” Jim says. “We weren’t looking for something this extensive, but not a lot of
historic homes come available in certain locations, and this is a great location.”
The Luddys closed on the 214-year-old home in the summer of 2019 and
embarked on quite the restoration journey.
“There were several times we said,
‘Maybe this is too big of a project,’”
Today, the Langdon home has
been completely restored. It boasts a
spectacular view of the 185-foot-tall
First Presbyterian Church steeple
from the front and a view of the
Basilica of Saint Mary from the
“They brought back to life a house
that had been on our most threat-ened
places list so it’s a success all
around and we are very proud to call
the Luddys neighbors and friends
and preservationists,” says Travis
Gilbert, the Historic Wilmington
Foundation executive director.
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JIM AND LAURA LUDDY
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Wilmington, NC 28412
The living room fireplace is made of soapstone and was restored by Jim Luddy.
The home has 10 fireplace fronts affixed to three chimneys. Opposite: A church
pew section is used for a window seat in an upstairs bedroom.
RENOVATION PHOTOS COURTESY OF JIM AND LAURA LUDDY ALLISON POTTER
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