A little back story, first. Wilmington is the third largest film industry town east of the Mississippi, after New York and Atlanta. There is a lot of movie and TV activity going on around here, and it's not unusual to see movie stars hanging around. In fact, several of them live here, at least part-time. Back in the 80's Dennis Hopper and David Lynch made a little movie here, called "Blue Velvet". The movie is so bad it's a cult favorite, now! They actually give tours of all the different places around town that were in the movie! Anywayyyy...Dennis Hopper loved Wilmington so much he bought a building downtown - the old Masonic Temple - and built himself a huge loft. Now that Dennis is gone, gentleman - well known for rehabbing/remodeling old houses and lofts and doing it beautifully - here in town has bought it and is in the middle of remodeling it to live in with his family. I couldn't wait to see it!
|You enter the loft from a freight elevator original to the 1850's building. Straight ahead is Dennis' original kitchen - hasn't been remodeled yet. This was supposedly "top of the line" in 1987! All the cabinetry is stainless steel. The remodel is only about 1/4 of the way done - much of Mr. Hopper's original stuff is still here. I wonder if he ever actually cooked here?|
|These are new. I like them. Not sure what was here before, but maybe we'll see...later.|
|This is the living room - huge. Just to the left there is a glass "garage" type door that opens to a huge balcony, and those skylights (original) are about 8x10 feet!|
|I would so love to have one of these!|
|They displayed a photo of Mr. Hopper himself, in the living room as it looked when he lived there.|
|The original 80's, stainless steel cabinetry with black fixtures, bathroom - disco! The new owner is installing these opaque glass doors throughout.|
|A different bathroom. This is the direction the new owner is going in. Love this!|
|I thought this was interesting and fun. All new. This is going to be the new owners son's bedroom. The platform will hold a mattress, and the area above it will also have mattresses (and a ladder) for sleepovers! The niche at the head of the bed will be a bookcase. The area below the bed is head room for a stairway leading downstairs. Interesting use of the space. I think the son is about 8 or 9 and I'm pretty sure he'll love this room .|
|Breakfast area - obviously all new. Can't wait to see how this will be finished!|
|This was the original entry. How 80's! I'm guessing Mr. Hopper was single at the time? Because this place must have looked like a nightclub! Now it's being used for storage. I wonder what the new owner is going to use the space for?|
|Maybe these are the old kitchen light fixtures! This space had about a dozen of these assorted 80's style fixtures, and a bunch of big old metal signage letters - you can see a "t" at the left of the photo.|
I ended up spending a good part of the afternoon here and it was fascinating. So I'll plant the daffodil bulbs next weekend.