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
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,