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Architectural Survey Update

April 17, 2017

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 Continue reading

Home Tour 2017: Historic West End

March 7, 2017
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 Continue reading

Edgemont Freewill Baptist Church

February 9, 2017

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 Continue reading

Innovation Award Finalists!

February 9, 2017

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 Continue reading

College Heights: A Community Story

January 26, 2017
Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education Class on College Heights!

We have partnered with Duke's Center for Documentary Studies in order to have a Spring Continuing Education course on the College Heights neighborhood. The course will be led by Michelle Lanier (acting director of North Carolina’s African American Heritage Commission), with assistance from Ben Filippo of Preservation Durham.

This course will set the stage for a broader involvement by CDS Continuing Education in the College Heights neighborhood in the summer of 2017. This class will help empower the neighborhood to tell their own Continue reading

About Us

Hello, we are Preservation Durham

Preservation Durham is made up of folks who believe that place is important and that our past helps to shape our future. We want Durham to embrace growth and change but also to protect its sense of place – its unique identity in the Triangle – and to remain open and available to all in our community. Everyone’s story has a place.

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