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Preservation Durham Home Tour

  • May 05, 2018 - May 06, 2018 (Recurring daily)
  • Chesterfield Building
  • 701 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
  • 12-4pm
  • $27, $21.50 in advance
  • (919) 682-3036
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Preservation Durham's Annual Home Tour: Houses of the Late Victorian Era.

With the Dukes' consolidation of the nation's tobacco industry between 1890 and 1910 and their expansion into textiles and electric power, Durham experienced a boom in wealth and population. There were street cars, electric lights, telephones, paved streets, city water, and even a college. Durham was a sleepy whistle stop no more. Historian Jean Bradley Anderson called it the "Apogee of an Era." Thousands of new homes were built - from millionaires' mansions to modest mill houses. For generations of Durhamites, these houses defined neighborhoods and home life. Simplified Queen Anne-style "Triple-As" and gable-and-wing houses with pressed tin roofs and gingerbread encrusted porches lined Durham's streets in every direction. Today, Durham's late Victorian architecture is under threat, but here and there, clusters of these homes survive to provide a glimpse of what 19th century Durham was like. Some houses have been preserved like time-capsules and others have been lovingly restored.

The tour will begin at noon each day. Bring your tickets to the Chesterfield Building on the day of the tour, beginning at noon, where you will exchange your ticket for a tour book. The tour book will list all the homes on the tour and their addresses. The tour is self-guided, but each site will have a docent. Visit for just a few hours or both Saturday and Sunday.

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604