Historic Durham Mural Bicycle Tour
Preservation Durham has partnered with The Nasher Museum of Duke University and the Museum of Durham History to create a bicycle tour of the historic murals of downtown Durham. Some murals that will be featured, amongst others, include:
Manbites Dog Mural
Angel of Spring Mural
The Wall of Hope Mural
The Cookery Mural
Two Way Bridges Mural
The Hayti Mural
Durham Civil Rights Mural
Trinity Design Mural
The Pauli Murray Murals
Also, the tours include a mural by Odili Donald Odita, commissioned by the Nasher Museum, at the Downtown Durham YMCA.
The tours are designed for anyone who has a bike and is comfortable riding on a city street.
Tours meet and depart from the Durham Farmer’s Market at the Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street.
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
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,
Downtown Durham is updating its 2008 Master Plan and needs your input. This first workshop will gather input on how the community views the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing Downtown Durham.
Downtown Durham’s growth has been guided by the original Master Plan in 2000, and the update in 2008. The following items were recommended by the 2008 Plan rand successfully implemented:
Durham switching to a form based code
Retail market study
Downtown Open Space Study
Building on surface parking lots to increase density and walkability
The original master plan was intended to be a living document that evolves with the changes and opportunities in Durham. Today, the Plan no longer fully accounts for the current physical landscape of downtown, current market