KINSTON, Lenoir County - Kinston's Imperial Tobacco Office Building is one of eight new sites just added to the National Registry of Historic Places.
If you're familiar with Downtown Kinston, you might have noticed how many of the buildings have been modernized, but still maintain their unique historic character. The Imperial Tobacco Office building is no exception.
Downtown Kinston is filled with lots of historic charm but one of these buildings in particular stands out. It was built around 1925 and was part of a larger tobacco processing facility in Kinston. It's not the only surviving structure.
"This one itself, since most of the factories have been torn down at this point, the fact that the office building is still standing kind of shows exactly what the architecture looked like back then, which you can't see in the factory which you would have been able to," said Jamie Dail an historic preservationist.
Owner Stephen Hill, a Kinston native, who revamped a few other downtown Kinston properties, modernized the old office building into apartments. Hill also owns properties like Mother Earth Brewery and Mother Earth Motor Lodge. His goal is to help revitalize the downtown scene in Kinston.
"He's done a great job of picking up these buildings, especially this one that has such a unique character and has so much potential," Dail said of Hill's work.
Though the building received a makeover, it still maintains its original historic charm.
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