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Down to the studs: bringing 493 Church St back to life!

Down to the studs: bringing 493 Church St back to life!

On May 30th, 2016 two sisters, Judy Willingham, 72, and Andra Pearce, 69 died in a house fire at 493 Church Street. Approved for demolition in December 2016, the house sat vacant until Sara and Jon Micheletto asked if they could fix it up.

Their journey to restore the house includes kicking the critters out, historical documents, 7 dumpsters of material and an indoor pool designed by an architect that built churches.

  • Tommie Andrews
    Posted at 22:46h, 24 September

    Awesome episode!

      Posted at 22:48h, 24 September


      • Miriam Willingham Lukken
        Posted at 01:48h, 02 October

        Hi Bill,

        This was my father’s brother’s house. Inside were many family documents handed down from my grandmother, Elizabeth Wylly Willingham. My husband and I went through the house after the fire and retrieved some of them. But it was so dark inside the house and it was in such disarray that we were unable to locate the 2 photo albums that included all of our ancestors photographs going all the way back to the early 1800’s. Did you find anything like this when you were cleaning? It would mean the world to me and my cousins to have our grandmother’s historical documents which she took such care and pride in preserving.


        Miriam Willingham Lukken

  • Karen Shearer Frye
    Posted at 22:50h, 24 September

    Can’t wait to see the transformation

      Posted at 22:52h, 24 September

      Me too!

  • Karen Shearer Frye
    Posted at 22:52h, 24 September

    A great project!

  • Micki Gunter Zagoria
    Posted at 00:05h, 25 September

    So wonderful!!! Thrilled for restoration over demolition.
    Micki Gunter Zagoria

  • Judy McCall Smith
    Posted at 00:13h, 25 September

    So thankful that you are transforming this home. I am Harold Willingham’s stepdaughter, and I grew up in this house. I can’t wait to see what you do–hope you will have an open house afterwards so we can see!

  • Twyl Trulove
    Posted at 13:26h, 29 September

    So many memories in this home. Thankful it won’t be destroyed.

  • Daniel K. McCall, Esq.
    Posted at 06:45h, 08 February

    I am Frances Sauls McCall Willingham’s nephew. Aunt Frances married my uncle, Richard (Dick) McCall and bore their two children, Don McCall and Judy McCall Smith, before he tragically perished in a small airplane crash near Daytona Beach, Florida in the late 1940s, while surveying real estate. As a young widow, she brought this important 1920s era home into her second marriage to Harold Willingham. Aunt Frances was a true Southern lady who is lovingly remembered as a wonderful hostess of countless parties in support of Harold’s political career, indelible family gatherings, and as a wise confidante to so many young people, in her day. When Aunt Frances passed away in 1976, her struggle with Alzheimer’s was memorialized by Bill Kinney in the MDJ. I just happened to be the very first swimmer in the famous “Keyhole” swimming pool, just as it’s construction was being finished. Fun fact: Aunt Frances got the Coca Cola Company to install a Coke machine out front of the pool’s bathhouse to simplify things for her guests.

      Posted at 02:01h, 10 February

      Wow! Thanks for your information…