Looking northwest at the corner of Liberty St. and North Roxboro, late 1960s
(Photo Courtesy Durham County Library)
There is a bit of cannabilization today, as I profiled the MV Lawrence, above, about a year ago. But I didn't see the point of ignoring it as I profiled the block. Besides, I think it deserves a double profile.
As mentioned yesterday, Roxboro St. was a short segment during the late 1800s. Some of the more beautiful houses in the city were built along East Main St., Liberty St.(which ended at Dillard), Roxboro St., and Dillard St. This "East End" is, like the early "West End", almost entirely gone.
This beautiful Queen-Anne House belonged to MV Lawrence, who was evidently a clothier and hatmaker (noted as a "milliner.")
213 Liberty St., looking west-northwest, 1966.
The houses moving northward were built later, in a plainer style.
303 N. Roxboro, looking west. - perhaps a teardown, perhaps vacant land turned into parking. You can see Trinity Methodist in the background - 1966.
305-305 1/2 N. Roxboro, looking northwest - 1966.
307 N. Roxboro, looking northwest - 1966.
These houses were torn down by the city using urban renewal funds. I sometimes imagine the MV Lawrence home still standing as our Convention and Visitor's bureau, rather than the sad, uninviting structure that organization inhabits.
In place of these houses went - nothing. It's wasted land, tied up in this ridiculous DOT fantasyscape.
The former 300 Block of Roxboro St., looking west, 2007