Preservation Durham is partnering with the Durham City/County Planning Department to update the Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory. The Inventory is a comprehensive listing of all the historically significant architectural resources in the city and county. The listing and description of each site is used as a reference for research and city planning. Since the last update in 1982, Durham has seen a great deal of change, many historic buildings have been renovated or demolished, and of course the standard 50-year-old historic threshold has advanced. This work will update records on previously listed sites, as well as add historic sites built after 1940.
Preservation Durham is excited to utilize Open Durham to make the update process more open to the public. We will be calling on the public to help identify historic structures and to gather stories and images related to these places – photos of your grandmother’s house, stories about walking to the corner store as a kid, video of your elementary school field trip.
To kick off the update and get folks involved, we are hosting a series of events to show people how to use Open Durham to share their stories. Drop in at the following locations:
- April 27 – 6-8pm: Durham County Library, North Regional Branch, 221 Milton Rd
- June 15 – 6-8pm: Durham County Library, Southwest Branch, 3605 Shannon Rd
- September 14 – 6-8pm: Durham County Library, South Branch, 4505 S. Alston Ave
- November 16 – 6-8pm: Durham County Library, East Branch, 211 Lick Creek Ln