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.
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
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 law and instill solid governance as an organization through amending and restating our bylaws in their entirety.
Notice is hereby given to all Members that the Bylaw Amendment will be voted
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
Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7, 2017
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Preservation Durham is thrilled to announce our 21st annual Preservation Tour, which will highlight Durham’s historic West End neighborhood and the Burch Avenue Neighborhood.
We’ll celebrate the Pauli Murray House, which was recently named a National Historic Landmark, one of only four in Durham County!
We’ll offer guided tours of the oldest sections of Maplewood Cemetery, very nearly the only major place intimately involved with the city of Durham that has survived essentially intact from Durham’s earliest days to the present.
See some of the area’s most cherished residential and commercial restorations, and get sneak peeks into the not-yet- opened Grub Restaurant and The Cookery’s newest event space.
The tour will begin at noon each day, with booklets
It’s always easier to tear something down and build new. There are always investors looking to build the next subdivision, or a chain store, or simply a parking lot. Built in 1936, the former Edgemont Freewill Baptist Church (now Church of the Apostolic Revival) has seen better days, narrowly escaping demolishment in 2016 after being condemned by the city. Having grown up in the church as a young boy, Charles Gibbs, takes us down memory lane of irreplaceable parts of Durham’s history, and reminds us that some things survive in spite of themselves.
Preservation Durham is proud to announce that the Preservation Equity Project has been selected as one of five Finalists for the 2017 What Matters Innovation Award from the Triangle Community Foundation, sponsored by American Underground. The $25,000 grant would kick the PEP project into high gear and enable us to begin offering technical assistance coupled with low-interest loans to needy property owners.
The final step in the Innovation Award competition is for the five finalists to prepare pitches to be delivered before a live audience on March 30 at Innovation Award Pitch Day. This is an exciting opportunity, and Preservation Durham is honored to be selected as a finalist.