Introducing Our New Executive Director!

Preservation Durham is pleased to welcome Chris Laws as its new executive director. Laws, a lifelong resident of Durham, has just completed his PhD in public history from N. C. State University. He has a master’s degree in public history from N. C. Central University, and an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University. Tom Miller, president of Preservation Durham, said, “Chris is a perfect fit for Preservation Durham. His credentials are impressive.  He loves Durham Read more…

Annual Historic Home Tour 2021 | The Tudor Revival: From Cottage to Mansion

The Tudor Revival: From Cottage to Mansion The Preservation Durham Annual Historic Home Tour is back for 2021! Visit home that reflect the Tudor Revival architectural boom in Durham. October 16 & 17, 2021 Saturday & Sunday 12noon to 4pm Your Home Tour booklet is your ticket inside homes. Please pick up your booklet before you start the tour at: Pinecrest Carriage House, 1044 W. Forest Hills Blvd, Durham, NC Tickets are $25.00 (early bird) Read more…

We’re hiring!

We are seeking to hire a part-time office manager to administer day-to-day operations at their office in the historic Chesterfield building in downtown Durham. Preservation Durham’s mission is to protect Durham’s historic assets through advocacy, education and action. This Office Manager’s primary responsibilities are managing the organization’s administrative functions, which includes data entry and bookkeeping, and ensuring that the office operates efficiently. The Office Manager is also responsible for greeting visitors that come to the Read more…

Alicia Hylton-Daniel, Interior Designer and General Contractor

Virtual 2022 Home Tour Lecture

Alicia Hylton-Daniel, Interior Designer and General Contractor will join us to discuss preservation work. “Preservation can mean different things based on where the project begins and what must be done – an old house in good shape might influence an owner to do less. A house in bad shape might influence a more playful response with greater change,” she says. “Additionally, I will discuss the challenges that come with adding modern amenities that benefit the Read more…

Grant recipient for 2021 american rescue plan humanities grant

GRANT RECIPIENT | 2021 American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant

Thank you to North Carolina Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for their support during a challenging stretch for us. When many of our traditional fundraising approaches were not possible due to Covid-19, NC Humanities provided us with generous grant funding. This vital support helped see us through and continue our mission to protect Durham’s unique historical assets and stories.

Home Tour Lecture 2021 – The Tudor Revival in Durham

Thursday, October 14, 202112:00noon Live Zoom Meeting Sara Lachenman, owner and principal designer at Four Over One Design, will provide an indepth understanding of the tudor revival style of architecture and tudor revival styled homes in Durham, NC. Sara earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Studio Art. She then attended graduate school at UNC-Greensboro and received a MS in Interior Architecture with a concentration in Historic Preservation – setting herself at the intersection of Read more…

Annual Meeting | July 20, 2021

Annual Meeting 2021

Join us for the Preservation Durham Annual Meeting 2021. The Executive Director will provide report regarding the mission for the fiscal year and vote in a new slate of board members.
When: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Zoom Video Webinar

Click Here to Register

Take Note…

The meeting is open to the public, but only members in good standing (current on dues) are allowed to vote.

  • Click here to join or renew membership.
  • Or, call us at 919-682-3036 to join or renew by phone.
  • If you have questions about your membership status, email us at
  • Members will vote on incoming board members listed below…
Nicole McCoy

Matthew Filter

Julianne Patterson

Brenda Brodie

Jennifer Martin

Julia Aromatorio



PEOPLE + PLACE Hayti Reborn: The Reveal Facebook Live & Zoom Virtual Event Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:30pm Preservation Durham’s People + Place Speaker Series connects the people of Durham with the importance of our historic, architectural and cultural places and the stories they bring to life.  A presentation and interview with Henry McKoy PhD, economic development and entrepreneurship expert, about an innovative placemaking projects that brings the ideals of the Black entrepreneurship community Hayti, Read more…