March 21 2014 WrapUp
The Jack Tar Motel, Police Headquarters site selection, the Rosenwald Schools Conference and more.
- On Tuesday night, the City Council approved negotiating financial incentives for the development of a 26-story tower at Main & Corcoran Streets, as well as the renovation of the Jack Tar Motel . The Jack Tar is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an excellent example of mid-century modern architecture. We’ve been advocating for historic preservation incentives for this building by talking to the City Council and County Commissioners, and we will continue to work with the developer, Austin Lawrence Partners as the project progresses.
- The City Council held a meeting on Thursday, March 13, to update the public on the three potential sites for the new police headquarters. Two of the proposed sites are of interest to us: 1) the block of 600 East Main Street, which was included in our 2013 Places in Peril list; and 2) the existing building, designed by Modernist master Milton Small. We will continue to track the City’s progress in the decision making progress and advocate for the future of these important buildings.
- We are proud to announce that Durham has been selected as the location for the 2015 Rosenwald Schools Conference. Over 500 attendees are expected to come to Durham in June 2015 for this conference, sponsored by our partner, The National Trust for Historic Preservation. We’ll keep you updated as conference planning progresses.
- 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.
- Last night’s Spring Fling was a huge success. Thank you to all who came out and supported us! We had a blast drinking beer in the sunshine with everyone. An extra special thanks goes out to Emily Wallrath, George Byrd, Fullsteam Brewery, Claymakers, Patanjali’s Place, Full Frame Festival, The Makery, Lee Attracting Birds and Bees, and Stone Bros. and Byrd. Check out pictures from the event on our Instagram!
- PD Executive Director Wendy Hillis has been appointed to a 5-year term on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Historic Resources Committee. The 5-member advisory board oversees preservation policy for all licensed architects in the U.S. Wendy was in DC Thursday and Friday of this week for the quarterly meeting of this committee.
- Tuesday, March 25th: Board meeting at our office from 5:00-6:30. Open to the public.
- Friday, March 28th: Home tour committee meeting at our office, 9:00.
- Home tour ticket sales start March 31st!