Nearly 1000 people joined Preservation Durham on Saturday, May 5, Living It Up Downtown on the 5th annual Old Durham Tour. Eclectic residences created in buildings that were once department stores, offices, and warehouses demonstrated how a good building can be useful even after it has outlived its original purpose. Nearly a dozen exciting and innovative adaptive reuses of historic Durham buildings demonstrated new ways to Live It Up Downtown! Read more about downtown on our Historic Neighborhoods pages! Tour sites included West Village, apartments in former tobacco warehouses at the corner of Duke and Main Streets; a residence in the Clements Building, once a cornerstone of the Black Wall Street on Parrish Street; and a residence at 329 W. Main Street which won Preservation Durham’s George and Mary Pyne Preservation Award in 2000. Kimberly Isley and Stewart Aycock were the chairmen of the tour committee. Honorary co-chairs of the tour were Jazz Singer and Durham native Nnenna Freelon and Durham Mayor Nick Tennyson. Dr. Ben Speller is President of Preservation Durham. John Compton is the Executive Director. Living it up Downtown was presented by Blue Devil Ventures and The Liggett Group.