Why they’re important:
One of the most distinctive features of Durham’s historic residential neighborhoods is also one of the most overlooked historic resources: the streetscape. The granite curbs and the canopy of large oak trees lining the streets lend as much to the historic character of our early twentieth-century neighborhoods as the housing stock itself. Unfortunately, due to the necessity for updates to the underground infrastructure and the need to keep overhead power lines clear of branches, our historic streetscapes are being gradually eroded.
Why they’re imperiled:
In the spring of 2014, the Durham Historic Preservation Commission heard a case for the removal of several sections of granite curb in the Trinity Heights Local Historic District. The first
Hundreds of Preservation Durham members and friends of historic preservation in Durham attended the 11th Annual Old Durham Tour of the Trinity Neighborhoods west of Downtown. Read more about the Trinity area on our Historic Neighborhoods pages! Advance ticket buyers were able to exchange their tickets for a tour guidebook and map when they arrived at the tour area. On the day of the tour, tickets were sold only at two tour locations. Tour-goers enjoyed the tour at their own pace, exploring the neighborhoods that grew up in the early 20th century around Trinity College, now Duke University’s East Campus. Tour tickets included admission to all the homes on the tour. Each building on the tour was staffed by friendly and