224 MORRIS

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224 MORRIS

224
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1915?
/ Demolished in
1986?
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

Built by Percy Sloan in the 1910s, this bungalow lasted the longest of the houses in the 100 and 200 blocks of Morris Street, eventually used by DPS for storage, and torn down in the 1980s. It's now a parking lot.

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  • Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 3:26pm

    How do you go about researching a specific building or lot? I'd like to know the history of a few particular lots in downtown Durham, but don't know where to start.

  • Submitted by Sven on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 5:15pm

    Hi

    It really depends on what kind of information you'd like to know. The good news is that info (such as deed records and land us records) is increasingly available online.

    Generally speaking, 'people' information is best researched through the registrar of deeds (and tracing backwards) or through the old city directories (some of the older ones ~1920-1960 can be searched by address).

    Building/lot information has to come from a variety of sources. The 'build date' listed on the tax records is invariably wrong. Current information is available online (go to www.ci.durham.nc.us and look for 'interactive maps of durham' or www.co.durham.nc.us and look for tax records search. Historical information, say for a site without a building generally involves a trip to the library. The Sanborn Fire Insurance maps show the outline of structures from specific periods (back to the 1880s in Durham). Aerial photos are also available in the library archives, and there are several books on the history of Durham as well that may address specific structures.

    Best of luck.

  • Submitted by sara lachenman on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 5:19pm

    hi sven -
    I'm very impressed with your research and your interest in durham's evolution. I'm an architectural historian/preservation consultant, and I'd love to share sources sometime. you've found some amazing photos!
    please drop me a line sometime, I'd appreciate it.

  • Submitted by Sven on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 6:40pm

    Sara

    Thanks so much for your positive feedback - I'm glad that you are enjoying the blog. I checked your website and appreciate your direction. I will drop you a line soon.

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  • Sun, 05/29/2011 - 8:11pm by gary

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224
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1915?
/ Demolished in
1986?
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 

Built: late 1910s
Sloan-Proctor House
Built: late 1910s
Demolished: 1980s


The Sloan-Proctor house was built by tobacconist Percy Sloan in the late 1910s - early for the bungalow style. He only occupied the house for a few years before it was sold to another tobacconist, WL Proctor. The historic inventory notes, that, at the time the above picture was taken, the house had been used by Durham Public Schools for storage for many years, and it was surrounded up to the foundation on all sides by parking lot.


Site of 224 Morris, 2006.

Comments

How do you go about researching a specific building or lot? I'd like to know the history of a few particular lots in downtown Durham, but don't know where to start.

Hi

It really depends on what kind of information you'd like to know. The good news is that info (such as deed records and land us records) is increasingly available online.

Generally speaking, 'people' information is best researched through the registrar of deeds (and tracing backwards) or through the old city directories (some of the older ones ~1920-1960 can be searched by address).

Building/lot information has to come from a variety of sources. The 'build date' listed on the tax records is invariably wrong. Current information is available online (go to www.ci.durham.nc.us and look for 'interactive maps of durham' or www.co.durham.nc.us and look for tax records search. Historical information, say for a site without a building generally involves a trip to the library. The Sanborn Fire Insurance maps show the outline of structures from specific periods (back to the 1880s in Durham). Aerial photos are also available in the library archives, and there are several books on the history of Durham as well that may address specific structures.

Best of luck.

hi sven -
I'm very impressed with your research and your interest in durham's evolution. I'm an architectural historian/preservation consultant, and I'd love to share sources sometime. you've found some amazing photos!
please drop me a line sometime, I'd appreciate it.

Sara

Thanks so much for your positive feedback - I'm glad that you are enjoying the blog. I checked your website and appreciate your direction. I will drop you a line soon.

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