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
Last May we told you about the proposed demolition of the historic Williams-Muse House at 2308 West Club Boulevard.
The 1922 house is located in the middle of the Watts-Hillandale Historic District. In 2014 the house was purchased by new owners who, after some reflection, decided that they wished to replace it rather than modify it to suit their needs. Preservation Durham opposed the idea of tearing down a contributing house in the historic district.
In May, the Durham Historic Preservation Commission approved the demolition but delayed it for one year. Under North Carolina law, this was the most the commission could do to prevent tearing down the house.
The new owners expected this result, but
2308 W. Club Boulevard Given
365-Day Demolition Delay
On Tuesday, May 4th, Durham’s Historic Preservation Commission confirmed a 365-day delay for the demolition of the house at 2308 W. Club Boulevard, in the Watts Hillandale Historic District. This is the maximum delay the commission can issue for a demolition project under current state law.
Thanks to all of the passionate community members who showed up to speak in solidarity against the demolition of this house.
This proposed demolition definitely hit a nerve for Durham residents – over 18,000 people saw our Facebook post last week, which generated many pointed comments from residents concerned about the future character and integrity of our historic neighborhoods.
We will continue to work with the owners on other options for the property during this 365