A Beaufort duplex more than 130 years old is getting a new life.
The two-story home on 807 Craven St. will be renovated inside and repaired and painted on the outside.
The upstairs floor plan will be changed to make it more functional. The electrical system will be updated, and the foundation secured. It will be repainted the same white with gray trim, according to the application approved Wednesday by the Beaufort Historic Review Board.
California resident Lloyd Benjamin bought the house from Aline Moore for $245,000 in December. Moore had lived in the home since the 1930s, according to the real estate listing.
"I think it's a great project and will be great for that part of Craven Street," said Historic Beaufort Foundation director Maxine Lutz.
Benjamin said he plans to live in the home, which is approximately 2,800 square feet. He was traveling Wednesday and unavailable for further comment.
He expects the project to cost $170,000, with completion planned by the end of the year, according to his application.
The home, between Scott Street and West Street in the Old Commons neighborhood, was built in 1880, according to property tax records.
Benjamin's application lists additions to the property in 1890 and 1909.
Lauren Kelly, city project development manager, said historic duplexes are increasingly rare.
"It's just in such a prominent location ... getting those buildings gradually working back into the neighborhood as best as they can, I think that was the (benefit)," Kelly said. "It's an interesting parcel. We've been working with the new owner about six months. It has a fairly large accessory building in the back, too. There's a lot of potential that he could do on the property."
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