WPA SEWING ROOM / HERNDON'S WAREHOUSE

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WPA SEWING ROOM / HERNDON'S WAREHOUSE

609
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1930s
/ Demolished in
1980s
Type: 
Use: 
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  • Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 6:13pm

    If my memory is correct, the WPA building may have burned. Perhaps intentionally for fire dept. training?

    Seth
    seth@realtor.com

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Friday, July 10, 2009 - 7:15pm

    Herndon's Warehouse, full to the brim with "antiquities" or "junk" depending on your perspective, burned to the ground in a "mysterious" and yet unsolved fire in the 80s. There was a big article about it in the paper at the time. Some speculated it was a "convenient" and *insured* fire.

  • Submitted by jessie mcneil on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 3:42pm

    yeah, i remember this place....
    right next door they had a little building next door that sell coal

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  • Mon, 08/20/2012 - 2:06pm by gary

Location

35° 59' 35.3616" N, 78° 53' 26.25" W

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609
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1930s
/ Demolished in
1980s
Type: 
Use: 
,

 


Looking northeast, 1966
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

This large structure was built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a factory to produce work clothes; it was commonly known in the community as "The Overall Factory." By the 1940s, the building had become "Herndon's Warehouse" - seemingly a giant flea market kind of place.

herndonwarehouse_blake_1950s.jpg

Likely 1950s - Courtesy Bob Blake


Looking west from the railroad tracks on Liberty, 1966.
(Courtesy Herald-Sun)

wpasewingroom_color_1960s.jpg

This building survived into the 1980s; I don't know when it was torn down.

A couple of years ago, Housing for New Hope built these face-away-from-the-street-and-towards-a-parking-lot housing units here to house people who are formerly homeless. The complex does have an interesting sculpture in the yard, which is the only thing that positively distinguishes these buildings - they are otherwise more representative of something out of Cary rather than a strategic and historic location between the Cleveland-Holloway historic district and the historic Golden Belt / Durham Hosiery mills.


Looking north from Liberty and North Elizabeth, 2007.

Comments

If my memory is correct, the WPA building may have burned. Perhaps intentionally for fire dept. training?

Seth
seth@realtor.com

Herndon's Warehouse, full to the brim with "antiquities" or "junk" depending on your perspective, burned to the ground in a "mysterious" and yet unsolved fire in the 80s. There was a big article about it in the paper at the time. Some speculated it was a "convenient" and *insured* fire.

yeah, i remember this place....
right next door they had a little building next door that sell coal

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