A looming teardown in Old North Durham highlights the endangered status of much of our small housing stock. The house at 204 E. Trinity Ave is a classic Victorian cottage, also called a Triple-A (for the three A-shape roof gables). This house type is perhaps the most common style in Durham and has been a stalwart of affordable housing in Durham over the years. These houses are old – many at a hundred years old or more – and relatively small. We have already lost many of these houses to neglect and demolition. The remaining ones are iconic for Durham and the keepers of many, many memories.
With rising housing prices and increasing development pressures, talk in town is swirling around
Unique Places to Save needs your help to raise $25,000 to move the Historic Hollow Rock Store to its original location near New Hope Creek off Erwin Road. Once relocated, the Hollow Rock Store will serve as a gateway to the new Hollow Rock Nature Park. The store will serve as a gathering place, information center and archaeological, historical and geological museum for the Hollow Rock area.
Originally, the Hollow Rock Store graced the banks of the New Hope Creek at Erwin Road from about 1930 until 1999. It had two incarnations. The first store, shown in the above 1972 photograph, was built and owned by John Ransom Whitfield. John Brown rented
Why is the 1978 Courthouse Building Under Historic Review?
Durham County Courthouse (1978). Photo Source: opendurham.org
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is currently grappling with the County’s proposed changes to the 1978 courthouse, located at the north east corner of Main and Mangum Streets. Though not yet 50 years old, and therefore not “historic” per national standards, the building is within the boundaries of the downtown historic district, an area over which the HPC has approval authority.
Click here to read the Herald Sun article on the December 1st HPC hearing that discussed the project and here to read Bull City Rising’s piece on the County;s proposal.
We’ll be following up in the next few weeks with our thoughts on the proposed changes to the structure,
Last May we told you about the proposed demolition of the historic Williams-Muse House at 2308 West Club Boulevard.
The 1922 house is located in the middle of the Watts-Hillandale Historic District. In 2014 the house was purchased by new owners who, after some reflection, decided that they wished to replace it rather than modify it to suit their needs. Preservation Durham opposed the idea of tearing down a contributing house in the historic district.
In May, the Durham Historic Preservation Commission approved the demolition but delayed it for one year. Under North Carolina law, this was the most the commission could do to prevent tearing down the house.
The new owners expected this result, but
Materials and Methods
Durham, North Carolina – December 1-2, 2015
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Thank you all so much for joining us last Friday night at Morgan Imports. It was a wonderful event with lots of food, music, drinks and fabulous shopping!
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Keep It Real:
Durham’s Historic Preservation Needs
Community Needs Assessment 2015
In the spring and summer of 2015, Preservation Durham conducted a community needs assessment to determine where Durham’s historic resources face challenges and opportunities and to gather feedback on the organization’s programs and community impact. The following summarizes some of the comments from participants and their major themes.
“Keep it real. But not run down. Or broken. Just make it awesome. ”
Growth – Development – Pressure
The economic growth, an influx of new residents, and the revitalization of downtown were seen as positive things for our city, providing jobs and creative and entrepreneurial opportunities. However, they were also seen as creating challenges, such as development pressure on historic properties (teardowns), rising housing prices
The fate of the Carpenter Chevy Site at 500 E. Main Street and the siting of the new Police Headquarters Complex will be decided this afternoon at 2pm at the City Council work session.
Preservation Durham and Durham Area Designers have continued to promote our alternative site scheme, which saves the Carpenter Chevy Building, and discuss the importance of pedestrian activation and private development along this portion of Main Street.
During the discussion about the Carpenter Chevy site at a recent Council meetings, questions were raised about the cultural and historical significance of the Carpenter Chevy Site. The history below was compiled by our Board Vice President, Rob Emerson, and was forwarded to Council members earlier this week.
A Brief History of the
The End Is Here!
City Council Expected to Make Final Decision on New Police HQ Scheme TONIGHT
We have been closely monitoring the proposed site layouts for the Durham Police HQ project, and have continually taken a strong position that the City needs to re-examine designs that incorporate the historic Carpenter Chevrolet Building at the corner of Main and Elizabeth Streets. We believe that keeping this building retains a needed level of scale and material texture along Main Street and would be a obvious way to promote street-level, pedestrian activation along this corridor.
We’ve studied the five layouts currently under consideration and have collaborated with