As Presented by Bob Ashley, Interim Executive Director of Preservation Durham
The Home Security Life Insurance building — most recently the Durham Police Department headquarters — is approaching a crossroads.
In the fall of 2018, the police department will move to a new headquarters now under construction on East Main Street. At that point, the city will no longer have a use for the old headquarters at 505 W. Chapel Hill St.
Preservation Durham appreciates the city’s efforts to solicit a wide range of opinions and to invest considerable staff time in studying the options for the West Chapel Hill Street building. We believe, along with the city’s Appearance Commission, that the site offers multiple opportunities as a gateway to our flourishing
Police Headquarters Building
Why it’s important:
In the mid-1950s, John Sprunt Hill was persuaded by his son and grandson to hire Raleigh modernist Milton Small famed Italian architect Aldo Rossi to design a sleek new headquarters building for their Home Security Life Insurance Company, then located in the eponymous Hill building a few blocks east. Small had studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology under Mies van der Rohe, and embraced Miles’ stark urban (“less is more”) style, celebrating structural framework and modern materials. Small was prolific, designing NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium and Student Center, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Raleigh Municipal Building, and countless modernist houses throughout North Carolina and the southeast. The Home Security Life building