109 Budleigh street is located in Dare County in Manteo, NC. It is recognized as a local historic structure, but not listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Manteo does not currently have a nationally recognized historic district.) Built in 1934, 109 Budleigh street is a two-story building constructed for the Pioneer Theater. The Pioneer Theater was the first theater in Dare County and owned by the same family for over 100 years. It originally featured a blonde brick
facade with upper story arched windows and a prominent metal awning. The building also boasted a recessed entry with a ticket booth and glass window displays with transoms. The awning was changed to a lighted marquee c. 1950s. The building was altered in the 1970s with a “Tudorbethan” faux facade. A mural was also painted by artist, Vic Gillispie, on the side of the building titled “Fish Camp Mural” which is still present today.
The building is currently occupied with the intent to restore it back to its original. The owners are currently removing the Tudor style features that were added in the 1970s. Renovations include revealing the original brick and windows as well as a new lighted marquee sign or awning. The courtyard is to be used for special events with a side entry for patrons.
All proposed facade enhancements are intended to be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
About Our Partnership
Since March of 2016, the North Carolina Main Street Program has partnered with UNCG’s Interior Architecture Department and its Center for Community-Engaged Design to provide design assistance to designated Main Street and Small-Town Main Street communities across the state. Undergraduate and graduate students are selected to become Main Street Fellows. The Main Street Fellows work with UNCG Interior Architecture Department Professors to complete facade rehabilitation designs and upper story apartment conversions in designated Main Street communities.