Cynthia de Miranda, MdM Historical Consultants
Hello, fellow historic architecture enthusiasts! I joined the Board of Preservation Durham in the summer of 2015 after several years of active membership. I am a Raleigh native who proudly calls Durham home; I have lived in our Bull City for fifteen years since returning to North Carolina. I love the appreciation Durhamites have for old houses and for downtown’s historic core.
Architecture is my bread and butter. I am an architectural historian and cofounder of MdM Historical Consultants, a cultural resources firm that specializes in researching and contextualizing historic properties for owners, municipal and county governments, and government agencies. As I study the “built environment” (as we architectural historians call it), I see its
- Building sold through City RFP in late 2011.
- Preservation ensured by PD through EPF covenants and by NC Historic Preservation Office via the income-producing historic tax credits; click here to learn more about rehab credits.
- Example of PD partnering with commercial developers.
- Continues ongoing revitalization of the Downtown Durham National Register Historic District.
- Served as an impetus for initiating a reassessment and expansion of the Downtown district, which was established in the 1970s and overdue for reevaluation.
- Built in 1926.
- Former municipal garage for Durham Fire Department and City.
- EPF covenants put in place early 1999.
- Rehabbed by Zapolski + Rudd later in 1999.
- Iconic Durham Fire Drill Tower still remains.
- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Named one of top redevelopment projects in Triangle Business Journal’s 2000 Real Estate Quarterly.