Stokesdale: First Black historic district?

03.22.10 - 09:48 pm

If you go

What: Stokesdale Historic District Update Meeting

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Stanford L. Warren Library, meeting room 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham

More: For information, call Preservation Durham at 682-3036.

[email protected]; 419-6563

DURHAM -- If it goes through, the Stokesdale neighborhood near N.C. Central University would be Durham's first black neighborhood on the National Register for Historic Places. A meeting will be held at 7 tonight at the Stanford L. Warren Library to update the public on the registration process.

The proposed historic district has several twists and turns, but included a core block of homes on Dupree Street, Dunbar Street, Price Avenue, Massey Avenue and Linwood Avenue surrounded by Fayetteville Street and Lincoln Street.

Other areas in the district include portions of Dunstan Avenue, East Lawson Street and Moline Street. The district surrounds the Lincoln Community Health Center and W.G. Pearson Magnet Middle School.

April Johnson of Preservation Durham, which is hosting the meeting, said she expects the conversation to include both Preservation Durham and members of the public who might want to discuss different homes and buildings in the district.

The neighborhood dates back to 1910 to 1950 and was home to NCCU professors. There are modest bungalows and larger homes, some maintained as they were. Others have been turned into student apartment housing, she said.

Preservation Durham is surveying the neighborhood for integrity issues -- checking to see if it still looks as it did in the first half of the 20th century -- and gathering its history and architectural details.

The proposal for national registry will be submitted to the state for approval and then to the National Registry for Historic Places. The process takes about nine months.

Johnson said the advantage of a neighborhood on the registry is that it is listed as something important and gives homeowners an opportunity for tax credits if a house is rehabilitated to historic standards.

For information, call 682-3036.

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