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 studying the options for the West Chapel Hill Street building. We believe, along with the city’s Appearance Commission, that the site offers multiple opportunities as a gateway to our flourishing
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, well-maintained, inexpensive (usually about twenty-five cents per room per week), and convenient. They liked the sociability of the village. They had space in their yards for vegetables and flowers…Christmas was