2023 Conference – Friday Afternoon Architectural & Urban Landscape Tour

October 06, 2023


Learn how Downtown Durham has transformed itself from an industrial center to the City of Medicine. Preservation Durham tour guides will describe the history of many of the landmark buildings that make up the Downtown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. Featured on the guided walking tour are the 1915 First National Bank, the 1921 Mechanics and Farmers Bank Building, and Preservation Durham’s one-time home, the Snow Building, built in 1933. Built by the successful entrepreneurs of early 20th-century Durham, many buildings were designed by nationally known architects like Milburn and Heister, Bertrand E. Taylor, Edward F. Sibbert, and Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, as well as by local companies Rose and Rose, George Watts Carr, Hill C. Linthicum, and Atwood and Weeks. There are fine examples of many architectural styles popular in the 20th century, including Art Deco, Italianate, Neo-Classical, and post-World War II Modern. Many of downtown’s older buildings have recently changed their functions, turning from tobacco factories and textile mills into hip urban lofts, stores, and offices.

This tour is limited to 25 people maximum.