529 HOLLOWAY ST. - LYON HOUSE

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529 HOLLOWAY ST. - LYON HOUSE

529
,
Durham
NC
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Built in
1900-1910
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  • Submitted by Joe on Monday, September 24, 2007 - 1:07am

    Oh, for a wraparound front porch like that.

  • Submitted by CdlCotLAcC on Monday, September 24, 2007 - 5:12am

    Having noted the lack of trees in many of the latest blog entries, I find it quite amazing the inability of many homeowners here in Durham to embrace the idea that great landscaping, albeit trees, shrubbery, plantings, etc, can make or break a wonderful home or community. The lack thereof makes it just seem lifeless and sterile. Come on, everyone, let's bring life back into these homes by bringing life into the landscape! Even a cruddy looking home can be made to look wonderful with the right plantings.

  • Submitted by Heather Wagner on Monday, September 24, 2007 - 1:45pm

    just a quick note: this property is going in front of the Historic Preservation Commission next Tuesday for a Certificate of Appropriateness for "New porch rails, steps, ramp and decking." I'm not sure if it's for changes already made or planned changes.

  • Submitted by PeterK on Friday, May 30, 2014 - 8:39am

    Sold Feb. 2014 $191,000

  • Submitted by Natalie on Friday, May 30, 2014 - 10:26am

    Looks like it will still be operated as a halfway house. The company who just purchased it runs a similar home at 601 Carlton.

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35° 59' 41.0496" N, 78° 53' 27.762" W
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529
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1900-1910
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
Local historic district: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 

Above, 529 Holloway in 1964

529 Holloway is another of the early 20th century large Victorian houses built along the Holloway ridge line. Through the 1970s, the neighborhood had large shade trees, and neighborhood-scale streets (i.e., two-lanes, undivided)


529 Holloway and the remainder of the north side of the 500 block of Holloway St., 1970s.

During the 1970s, Elizabeth St. was widened to Ridiculous Size and connected with newly Ridiculous-Size Fayetteville St. Something also happened to most of the shade trees on Holloway - whether natural or human-induced, I don't know. (Despite our "Tree City USA" designation, I'll take the latter.)

The location on this newly-busy corner was not kind to 529 Holloway, and the house fell into disrepair. Durham Tech students described the house as follows in 1981:

a large, early 20th Century, weatherboarded, two-story, five bays wide and three rooms deep, Victorian house resting on a brick pier and infill foundation. Two interior brick chimneys rise out of the asphalt shingled, high hip roof which has boxed cornices, a narrow frieze, and front, back, and side projecting gables with the gable on the south elevation projecting over a two-story, three-sided bay with scroll and pendant cornice brackets. The attached, wrap-around, hip roof porch has turned posts, missing balusters and rails, a beaded sheathing ceiling, and a small projecting pedimented gable over the front steps which is supported by two pairs of posts. The house has undergone several changes, the most obvious of which are many of the original windows that have been inappropriately replaced, windows that have been made into doors, and a two-story rear porch that has been enclosed as living space.

From the National Register nomination:

W. R. Lyon was the long-time owner of this spacious early twentieth-century two-story frame house. He moved here in the early 1910s when he was city timekeeper and purchasing agent; around 1920 he worked as a salesman for Taylor &Phipps Hardware, and shortly thereafter em- barked upon a career with the Durham Public Service Company. The house is irregularly shaped, with a two-story gable-roofed wing extending from each side of a cubical hip-roofed core. A porch supported by turned posts wraps around the east, south and west facades. The house is divided into apartments.

Back when I devoted many volunteer hours to Preservation Durham, we had an option to purchase this house for ~$85,000 - it was owned by a developer, and it had been gutted inside. We couldn't find a buyer. Eventually, the developer re-did the house himself, and sold it to someone who lives in Wake Forest, but leases it to Freedom House Recovery Center as "a ten-bed halfway house that provides up to six months of recovery services for alcohol/drug addicted men, and those who are dually diagnosed."

The neighborhood recently attempted to fight the Board of Adjustment rezoning of this house to accommodate 10 people rather than the existing 7-person designation. They did not succeed.


529 Holloway and the remainder of the north side of the 500 block of Holloway St., 2007.

 

Comments

Oh, for a wraparound front porch like that.

Having noted the lack of trees in many of the latest blog entries, I find it quite amazing the inability of many homeowners here in Durham to embrace the idea that great landscaping, albeit trees, shrubbery, plantings, etc, can make or break a wonderful home or community. The lack thereof makes it just seem lifeless and sterile. Come on, everyone, let's bring life back into these homes by bringing life into the landscape! Even a cruddy looking home can be made to look wonderful with the right plantings.

just a quick note: this property is going in front of the Historic Preservation Commission next Tuesday for a Certificate of Appropriateness for "New porch rails, steps, ramp and decking." I'm not sure if it's for changes already made or planned changes.

Sold Feb. 2014 $191,000

Looks like it will still be operated as a halfway house. The company who just purchased it runs a similar home at 601 Carlton.

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