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Home Tour 2009: Morehead Hill

January 1, 2012

Preservation Durham members and friends gathered on Saturday, May 2, 2009, for the 13th Annual Old Durham Tour of Morehead Hill. Read more about Morehead Hill on our Historic Neighborhoods pages! Homes on the tour covered a wide range of styles that are uniquely juxtaposed in Morehead Hill. From an 1890s Queen Anne to a 1950s stylish ranch, the neighborhood is full of interesting architecture and family histories. Tourgoers learned about the industrialists who built these lovely homes, the urban pioneers who preserved them, and the people who live here today, able Continue reading

Home Tour 2010: Hope Valley

January 1, 2012

Preservation Durham members and friends gathered on Saturday, May 1, 2010, for the 14th Annual Old Durham Tour in Hope Valley. Read more about Hope Valley on our Historic Neighborhoods pages! We first explored this beautiful historic neighborhood in 2002, and it proved to be one of our most popular tours! In December 2009, Hope Valley was named a National Historic District, and the tour included some of the homes that were listed as contributing properties. Tourgoers enjoy Preservation Durham's annual tour at their own pace, exploring year by year Continue reading

Places in Peril 2011: Downtown Mid Century Modern

May 15, 2011

The Home Savings Bank Building, 01.30.69 (Courtesy Herald-Sun)

Durham’s best examples of Mid-Century Modern commercial design include the 1963 Jack Tar Motel, the 1968 Mutual Community Savings Bank, the 1960 Holiday Inn, and the 1966 North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Once seen as ‘futuristic’, many people now see these buildings as dated. However, they remain valuable pieces of the Bull City revitalization puzzle.

What's Needed: The Mutual Community Savings Bank and the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Building remain in use as office space, with future plans for the Mutual Continue reading

Places in Peril 2011: Eligibility Building

May 15, 2011

Designed by Milburn & Heister as a Freemasons Lodge in 1924, the building was acquired by Durham County during the Great Depression. It has been vacant since 1992, and deterioration of the roof has resulted in significant water damage, especially to the top floor. The Eligibility Building and the vacant site to its east were purchased in 2007 but the status of any renovation project remains uncertain.

What's Needed: Preservation Durham supports the redevelopment of the building and infill development on the adjoining lot. Ideally, the development would encourage uses that Continue reading

Places in Peril 2011: 500-600 Block of Holloway Street

May 15, 2011


500 block of Hollway Street. Courtesy of Open Durham.

Dating from the 1880s to the 1910s, this neighborhood has some of the best examples of Victorian architecture in Durham. Unfortunately, like much of downtown, the area fell into decline in the 1960s. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and became Durham’s first local historic district in 1987. While the streets immediately to the north have seen a resurgence of owner-occupants and significant re-investment, vacancies continue to plague this historic corridor.

What's Needed: Several homes in 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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