Category Archives: North Carolina

Jack Tar Motel, Durham, NC

This recent article in Durham’s Herald-Sun newspaper reminded me that I have never featured all of the mid-century mundane buildings I documented in Durham, a city with a wealth of mid-century treasures. This one here is the Jack Tar Motel … Continue reading

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Durham Police Department, Durham, NC

This  is the current Durham Police Department, but was originally built in 1957 as the Home Security Life Insurance Company Building. Located at 505 West Chapel Hill Street, next to the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Building, the police would … Continue reading

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First Presbyterian Day School, Durham, NC

Continuing my ongoing survey of Durham’s modern architecture. This is the First Presbyterian Day School (officially the Christian Education Building), which sits directly behind the church itself (seen at right in photo) at the corner of N. Roxboro and E. … Continue reading

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Home Savings Bank, Durham, NC

This wonderfully zany bank on East Chapel Street in downtown Durham is sadly vacant. It was constructed between 1967-1969. I don’t have any good pictures of the interior, but some can be seen here about halfway down the page. Many … Continue reading

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Here are a few buildings the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill campus, during a recent brief visit. Davie Hall, 1967 Robert B. House Undergraduate Library, 1968 Greenlaw Hall, 1970  

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North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. Building, Durham, NC

The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Headquarters is at 411 West Chapel Hill Street in Durham, NC. It was built in 1965 and designed by Welton Becket, more well-known for his California buildings including the Capitol Records Building in … Continue reading

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301 W. Main Street, Durham, NC

Getting in a little bit of last minute holiday cheer with this green building in Durham, NC.  Note the snowflake hanging in front on the lamp post. This building was constructed in 1964 for the First Union Bank. It now … Continue reading

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