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Teardown in Old North Durham

December 14, 2015

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 Continue reading

Help Save the Hollow Rock Store

December 14, 2015

Hollow Rock Store, circa 1972. (photo courtesy of Open Durham)

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 Continue reading

1978 Courthouse Under Historic Review

December 14, 2015
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 Continue reading

Proposed Teardown to be Saved

December 14, 2015

William Muse House, 2308 W. Club Blvd. (photo courtesy of Open Durham)

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 Continue reading

Traditional Building Conference in Durham

December 1, 2015
Materials and Methods Durham, North Carolina – December 1-2, 2015

 

The Traditional Building Conference Series delivers focused, relevant education for architects, contractors, craftspeople, designers, building owners and facilities managers in a time efficient format at beautiful historic venues.

Your Work will be better if you join us in Durham for the Traditional Building Conference. Why? You need new info to work on historic and traditionally inspired new buildings. How will getting out of the office and off the job site for two days save you time and money? Learning, Networking and Fun

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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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