- 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.
Issue Background and Overview:
The Jack Tar Motel, colloquially known as the “Oprah Building”, was built in 1962. It sits on the edge of CCB Plaza, and it was connected via skywalk to the original Washington Duke Hotel, which was across the street. It exhibits many features of classic 1960s architecture, including the turquoise facade, flat roof, and ribbon windows. This building sits on a prime piece of downtown real estate, and PD is concerned that it will soon be threatened.
Backstage at the Carolina Theater
December 9, 2013
309 W Morgan Street
Join Preservation Durham for a special members-only backstage tour of the Carolina Theater. We’ll show you parts of the Carolina that the public never gets to see! Tours leave on the half hour.
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
300 E. Main St.
Designed by Milburn & Heister as a Freemasons Lodge in 1924, the building was acquired by Durham County during the Great Depression and housed the Public Health Department until it was shuttered in 1992. It was included on our Places in Peril list in 2011. The ground floor has recently been renovated for use as an event space. We will tour the new renovations as well as the un-renovated, AMAZING spaces on the second and third floors.
This is a unique opportunity to get inside a building that has been closed to the public for over 20 years! Tours will run on the half hour. Click here or call 919-682-3036 to sign up. Space is limited, so reserve your
2013 Old Durham Home Tour – Downtown Durham
Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2013
- Noon – 4pm both days
- Tickets available at Beyu Caffe (335 W. Main Street) beginning at 11am
- $35 days-of event
- For tour sites and details click here
Advance ticket sales are now closed. Please come to Beyu Cafe to purchase tickets on the day of the tour.
To see information about past Home Tours, check out our Home Tour Archive.
The Hill Building
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The 1937 Hill Building is an iconic piece of Art Deco architecture in Downtown Durham. This is your one chance to see the building before it is renovated!
Designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon (who also designed the Empire State Building in NYC and the RJ Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem), it has all the hallmarks of the sleek, modern style of the time. The Durham Loan & Trust Company, later Central Carolina Bank, was the primary tenant, with the department store Ellis-Stone on the ground floor. More info about the building is available on Open Durham.
Today the building is owned by Sun Trust bank and is largely vacant. It has been acquired by 21c Museum Hotel of Louisville,
Sneak Peak: the Five Points Building
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Scott Harmon’s newest project is the rehabilitation of the Five Points building in downtown. His partners in Re:Vamp Durham (the developers) and Center Studio Architecture are in the midst of construction with a scheduled opening in July. On this hard hat tour, you will see the renovation in progress and meet some of the new tenant/owners.