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
North Durham began to develop after the street car line expanded north from downtown in 1901. What had been remote farmland soon developed into a comfortable residential neighborhood that incorporated some of the old farmhouses among the new homes. Many businessmen and professionals built large homes on Mangum Street, which soon became known as Mansion Row. Home styles include Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman in an eclectic mix. After World War I, development moved west, this time with more modestly sized bungalows and cottages.
The neighborhood went through a transition in the late twentieth century, and many of the older houses were divided into apartments and rental properties. Today, historic Old North Durham is seeing a revival as many young
- Protective covenants put in place through EPF sale in October of 2008.
- Contributing property in the Duke Park/Old North Durham National Register Historic District.
- Owners converted property from a duplex to a single-family dwelling.
- Many significant architectural elements retained during renovation including:
- Interior and exterior paneled wood doors
- Original door key plates
- Six-over-six double hung windows
- Interior and exterior moldings
- Original firebox and mantle
Over 600 people enjoyed a day in Old North Durham during Preservation Durham’s 10th Annual Old Durham Tour. Read more about Old North Durham on our Historic Neighborhoods pages! The May 6, 2006 tour included over a dozen homes built between the 1880s and the 1920s, from Queen Anne mansions to Craftsman bungalows. When Old North Durham was new, Roxboro Road headed north through farmland belonging to the Geers, the Lynches, and the Rigsbees. A building boom began when the streetcar line came up Mangum Street from Downtown to Little Five Points, and Brodie Duke purchased the farmland and subdivided it into suburban lots. After World War I, development continued as bungalows and cottages were built west of Mangum Street. Today, Old