Issue Background and Overview:
The Jack Tar Motel, colloquially known as the “Oprah Building”, was built in 1962. It sits on the edge of CCB Plaza, and it was connected via skywalk to the original Washington Duke Hotel, which was across the street. It exhibits many features of classic 1960s architecture, including the turquoise facade, flat roof, and ribbon windows. This building sits on a prime piece of downtown real estate, and PD is concerned that it will soon be threatened.