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Meet our new Executive Director

July 14, 2018

The Preservation Durham Board of Directors is pleased to announce that April Johnson has been hired as Preservation Durham's new Executive Director. April comes to us with non-profit experience in historic preservation. Her work involves previous work with Preservation Durham, identifying and documenting overlooked African-American historic resources. She also has urban planning experience working as a historic preservation planner with other municipalities.

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The Case for Preserving The Home Security Life Insurance Building

April 12, 2018
As Presented by Bob Ashley, Interim Executive Director of Preservation Durham

The Home Security Life Insurance building -- most recently the Durham Police Department headquarters -- is approaching a crossroads.

In the fall of 2018, the police department will move to a new headquarters now under construction on East Main Street. At that point, the city will no longer have a use for the old headquarters at 505 W. Chapel Hill St.

Preservation Durham appreciates the city’s efforts to solicit a wide range of opinions and to invest considerable staff time in Continue reading

Old West Durham Neighborhood Protection Overlay – OWD NPO

March 21, 2018

PRESERVATION DURHAM'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE OLD WEST DURHAM NEIGHBORHOOD PROTECTION OVERLAY ISSUE

Old West Durham, one of the earliest neighborhoods in this city, is rich with reminders of our history and, thus, of significant interest to Preservation Durham. Part of the area included in this Neighborhood Protection Overlay lies in a National Register Historic District, and many houses in the neighborhood are physical reminders of the “mill village” that was so important in Durham’s early industrial boom. Quoting from Jean Anderson’s history of Durham, “the mill homes were, ‘clean, Continue reading

A House Method Feature

December 31, 2017
House Method has featured an interview with Preservation Durham board president, Rob Emerson. Emerson shared insight on what historic designation means for homeowners as well as the wider importance of historic preservation in a community.   Read Emerson's interview with House Method here. Continue reading

Revising Our Bylaws – Updated

May 11, 2017

NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT OF BYLAWS

The following information serves to provide official notice to the members (hereinafter, “Members”) that an amendment and restatement of the Bylaws (hereinafter, “Bylaws”) of The Historic Preservation Society of Durham, Inc. (hereinafter, “Preservation Durham”) has been proposed (hereinafter, the “Bylaw Amendment”).

The Bylaw Amendment is a complete restatement and replacement of Preservation Durham's current bylaws. Preservation Durham's current bylaws are out-of-date with North Carolina's non-profit statute and do not embody best governance practices. The Bylaw Amendment seeks to ensure compliance with state Continue reading

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Hello, we are Preservation Durham

Preservation Durham is made up of folks who believe that place is important and that our past helps to shape our future. We want Durham to embrace growth and change but also to protect its sense of place – its unique identity in the Triangle – and to remain open and available to all in our community. Everyone’s story has a place.

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