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Mr. D. Coley

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My name is Scott Coley, and I am a native North Carolinian. My family settled in NC in the early 1700s, and I also have Native American ancestry, so I genuinely have tar on my heels. I am a freelance furniture designer with 28 years of design experience, specializing in case goods design and creative problem-solving. I have won 6 Pinnacle Design Awards and have had 64 US design patents.

I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1992 with a BFA specializing in Furniture and Interior Design. I love everything about the home, and during this pandemic, realize how special the home is. I became interested in Historic Preservation while I was a student at Kendall because the summer before I started school, I was put in charge of cleaning out and helping to set up an estate auction at my dad's family home that was built circa 1850. This project ended with the sale of the house and later its demolition, which started my quest for preservation. I have served on the board of directors of the Historic Burke Foundation for many years, and I am currently serving my third term as President. I have also served in the past on the City of Morganton Preservation Commission for seven years.

I have written, and managed grants for the Charles McDowell House at Quaker Meadows and have a keen interest in telling the story of the people who lived there. I have been active in preservation efforts in my community long enough to understand its challenges and its highlights. I genuinely love "old stuff," particularly houses, and enjoy continued learning about them. I have served on additional boards such as for the American Society of Furniture Designers now (ISFD), and I am a Past President.  The Burke County Arts Council, the Morganton Rotary Club, the Exploring Joara Foundation, the Mercedes -Benz Club of America as a past president and First Presbyterian Church of Morganton, where I have been an Elder. My interests include automobiles, skiing, lacrosse, antiques, preservation, history, and the furniture of Thomas Day.