Mondays with Claude: Miss Addie and the Furniture

Wilmington, NC – Born in 1915, Claude Howell was a Wilmington resident who lived most of his life in room #44 of the historic Carolina Apartments.

A painter who captured on canvas the light and life of North Carolina, Claude Howell was widely considered the Dean of North Carolina painting.

But Claude was also a compulsive writer. A man who starting at the age of 10 meticulously wrote journals filled with everything he did. More than 300 of those journal entries were turned into commentaries recorded for WHQR.

Wilmington resident Hilda Godwin was a long-time friend of Claude's. She was a regular at what was called his 5 o'clocks, the daily cocktail parties that turned apartment #44 into the center of Wilmington's creative and intellectual community. She remembers a time when Claude opened up his apartment for a luncheon. The conversation with Claude was sure to be delicious his meal was something else.