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Our History

100 Year Annniversary!

This historic building has been offering much needed housing for many years. ”The most important one I can think of, it was one of the first Salvation Army buildings in Wilmington. It was built in 1923 and they housed children on the second level.”  Children with need were given a place to stay right here on Front Street. Some of them make their way back to remember. 

The Salvation Army buried a time capsule here to be opened in 100 years, that anniversary will come up in 2023. We’ll see what they wanted us to know.


Salvation Army Building

The eclectic blend of Dutch colonial gables and Italianate brackets distinguishes the 2-story red brick building. The Wilmington Morning Star of December 4, 1922, noted that it would have nine rooms with “accessory quarters and baths”; there were separate quarters for the resident manager. The Wilmington Dispatch reported on December 4, 1922, that Lynch’s plans had been forwarded to the Salvation Army headquarters in New York for approval. According to the Carolina Mountaineer and Waynesville Courier of December 6, 1923, the plans were completed in April 1923, but because of delays in fundraising, not until early December was the contract about to be let.

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Hotel We Love: Front Street Inn, Wilmington, NC

A family-friendly coastal community that's home to both a healthy university crowd and a thriving population of retirees, Wilmington, North Carolina, is a year-round destination, thanks to its temperate climate, proximity to the beach, and wide array of food, drink, and artsy activities on offer. In the heart of downtown, Front Street Inn is a quirky independent property with individually themed rooms, reasonable rates, friendly staff, and a decidedly welcoming approach.

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A Wilmington Landmark and a National Treasure

The Front Street Inn has been in continuous operation as a Bed & Breakfast and Boutique Hotel for 26 years in downtown Wilmington NC's arts and entertainment district. The inn was constructed in 1924 as the first Salvation Army of Wilmington NC and served as a home for unwed mothers and an orphanage. The property features two floors and a basement with a 14 inch thick brick exterior with three decks and wonderful high arching windows. 

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