706 NINTH STREET

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706 NINTH STREET

706
,
Durham
NC
Built in
~1936
Construction type: 
,
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

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  • Submitted by Rik on Monday, August 17, 2009 - 12:12pm

    One of our daughters was taking lessons at Godwin's when she was three years old. That would have put them in the building in 1971.

  • Submitted by Tar Heelz on Monday, August 17, 2009 - 2:22pm

    Shame the look of the windows has been lost. (Well, at least they're not white (or bricked over)!)

  • Submitted by David Jeffreys on Monday, August 17, 2009 - 9:00pm

    One HUGE improvement -- the power lines are gone from the street in front of the building. Looks like they may have been moved to the alley-way behind the building. It looks so much cleaner!

  • Submitted by retired English... on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 1:57am

    My first cousin took dance at Godwin's in the mid to late sixties so I agree that the studio was there much earlier than the eighties.

  • Submitted by Gary on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 2:58am

    Neil Upholstery/Custom Interiors is listed at the address in 1970, so 1971 is likely the first year that Godwin was open.

    GK

  • Submitted by Michael Bacon on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 8:24pm

    Look Out!, a discount clothing store, was in the right side of this building for much of the 1990s and into this century. Francesca's was limited to the left side. When Look Out! closed this location, Francesca's took the whole space.

  • Submitted by wren on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 6:56am

    Nice to know Francesca's is still in business. Those ladies worked hard to make that indy business work. I have some fond memories of them on Perry St in the 80s. Still miss their ginger ice cream.

  • Submitted by Dink on Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:35pm

    This was Andrews Furniture Company in the 1940's - 1960's. Owned and operated by Dink Andrews.

  • Submitted by PR on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 6:59am

    As a pre-teen in the neighborhood in the late 80s/early 90s, Francesca's was THE place to go on a saturday night to feel adult and hip amongst all those mature looking older folks having coffee. Fond memories.

  • Submitted by emmanuel seth godwin on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 11:02pm

    I am Olive godwin's grandson and I wish dearly that I had gotten lessons at her school because I am terrible at dancing...lol

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  • Thu, 08/18/2011 - 4:06pm by gary

Location

36° 0' 28.9116" N, 78° 55' 18.9444" W

Comments

706
,
Durham
NC
Built in
~1936
Construction type: 
,
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 


706 Ninth Street, 12.21.69
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

706 Ninth Street was built in ~1936; it initially housed the Andrews Furniture Company, followed by the West Durham Furniture Company. By the early 1960s, the building appears to have been vacant, but was soon reoccupied by Custom Interiors and the Neil Upholstery Co. In 1971, Godwin Dance School became a tenant


706 Ninth St., 1980

It was followed by Sandy's School of Dance in the late 1980s.

Sometime around ?1993, Francesca's Dessert Cafe moved around the corner from Perry St. and has been here ever since, becoming one of Ninth Street's enduring institutions.


706 Ninth Street, 04.05.09

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Comments

One of our daughters was taking lessons at Godwin's when she was three years old. That would have put them in the building in 1971.

Shame the look of the windows has been lost. (Well, at least they're not white (or bricked over)!)

One HUGE improvement -- the power lines are gone from the street in front of the building. Looks like they may have been moved to the alley-way behind the building. It looks so much cleaner!

My first cousin took dance at Godwin's in the mid to late sixties so I agree that the studio was there much earlier than the eighties.

Neil Upholstery/Custom Interiors is listed at the address in 1970, so 1971 is likely the first year that Godwin was open.

GK

Look Out!, a discount clothing store, was in the right side of this building for much of the 1990s and into this century. Francesca's was limited to the left side. When Look Out! closed this location, Francesca's took the whole space.

Nice to know Francesca's is still in business. Those ladies worked hard to make that indy business work. I have some fond memories of them on Perry St in the 80s. Still miss their ginger ice cream.

This was Andrews Furniture Company in the 1940's - 1960's. Owned and operated by Dink Andrews.

As a pre-teen in the neighborhood in the late 80s/early 90s, Francesca's was THE place to go on a saturday night to feel adult and hip amongst all those mature looking older folks having coffee. Fond memories.

I am Olive godwin's grandson and I wish dearly that I had gotten lessons at her school because I am terrible at dancing...lol

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