Power House

The three little piggies wish they’d had a house like David and Andrea Howard’s. He skipped the straw, sticks, and stones and went right to concrete and created an architectural marvel. Built to withstand everything the coastal South has to offer, from flooding to hurricanes, its strength is only matched by its awe-inspiring beauty.

Wilmington Island’s Morningside Drive seems at first blush like any of the residential streets that spiderweb among the creeks and marshes of this tidal treasure. Modest yet upscale single-family homes share property lines with low-slung river cottages, properties bought for the rental market or passed on from one generation to the next to serve as family getaways.

It seems like an unlikely street for a home with a seven-figure price tag, much less one that serves as a marvel of engineering and masterpiece of architecture. But then you wander past a clutch of river cottages, beyond a copse of lush maritime greenery, and the dazzling sight of number 54 rolls into view. Beyond tall stucco walls and a wide iron gate, Turkish limestone pavers guide your eye past a meandering lawn of verdant green and a resort-style tennis court to the iconic central pillar of a David Howard’s home.

It’s like pulling up to a five-star resort, only instead of a deferential bellhop you’ll be greeted by the firm handshake and Southern hospitality of Howard, a man who grew up in the concrete business and has made his home a testament to what it can do.

 

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