April 4 2014 Wrap-Up

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Places in Peril coming up, new addition to the Tobacco Heritage Tour, changes to the national Antiquities Act, and more…

  •  Tickets for our 2014 Tobacco Heritage tour are now available. They’re only $20 presale, and $25 the day of the tour.
  • We’re working on finalizing our list of 2014 Places in Peril, which we’ll present in May for Preservation Month. Got any last minute nominations? Send ’em to elizabeth@preservationdurham.org.
  • If you want to get your building listed on the National Register in 2014, the deadline for nominations is April 25th.
  • This past week, Congress passed H.R. 1459, which severely restricts the power given to the President under the Antiquities Act. Known colloquially as the “No More National Monuments Bill”, it will make it significantly harder for the executive office to create new national monuments. Next, the bill will go to the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee. Click here to read more on the bill and the Antiquities Act.
  • Two Durham sites recently won awards in the 2014 AIA Triangle Design Awards contest. Congratulations to the Durham Co-Housing Community and Funny Girl Farms!
  • We confirmed a new addition to our Tobacco Heritage Tour. Check our twitter to see what it is!
  • Have you been following the controversy over the modern house in Oakwood? North Carolina Modernist Houses is working on putting together a legal defense fund for modern houses. More information is here.

    Cherry House, Oakwood, Raleigh

  • Thinking about buying an ad in our 2014 Tobacco Heritage tour booklet? Ad prices can be found here. Please contact  elizabeth@preservationdurham.org if you’re interested.
  • Want to get some hands-on preservation experience saving a historic shotgun house? Want to learn how to forge iron, hew logs, patch plaster, and repoint historic bricks? Check out UNCG’s preservation field school from May 12th-30th. More information available here.
  • The final copy of our Partners in the Field Durham Documentation of African American Heritage Sites is here! Click here to view the report. Special thanks to April Johnson for all of her hard work and research.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, April 8th: The Downtown Open Space Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission. The meeting will be held at 5:30 in City Council chambers. If the commission approves the plan, it will be presented to City Council in June. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting.
  • Thursday, April 24th: Historic Happy Hour at Surf Club (703 Rigsbee). Join us for a drink to officially kick off our home tour weekend!
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th: Come out to join us for our Tobacco Heritage tour!