See the completed renovation! Friday, Feb 20, 2015, 4:00-6:00 pm
118 S Driver Street is a classic tri-gable house in East Durham. In 2013, Preservation Durham invested the proceeds of a grant from the 1772 Foundation in the rehabilitation of this property with Renovision Properties. In 2014 the house was completely renovated and marked the beginning of a reinvigorated Endangered Properties Program.
Why It’s Important:
The 300 block of South Driver is one of only a few intact early-twentieth-century retail blocks in outside of downtown Durham. This once-thriving commercial block anchored the eastern limits of the Durham Light & Traction trolley system as Ninth Street did to the west of town. Surrounding neighborhoods packed with families of mill workers and merchants could find in a single block the East Durham branch of Fidelity Bank (designed by Rose & Rose in 1921), the A&P Food Store, D.W. Brown Dry Cleaners, Ferguson Grocery, the East Durham Post Office, Lynette’s Restaurant, and Marion’s.
Why it’s in peril:
Like many neighborhood retail centers, the area declined throughout the latter part of the century with the loss of nearby manufacturing