The ~1957 bird's eye view of the Golden Belt - Morning Glory mill village shows another of the distinct housing styles built in the village - the two story , single-pile, hall-and-parlor house, which lined a good portion of Worth and Franklin Sts. Although not specified, it seems likely that these houses were intended either for large families or for those employees higher on the corporate ladder. At construction, there were 12 of these houses, 8 on Worth Street, and 4 on Franklin.
All the company-owned houses in Morning Glory were sold to residents at prices below their appraised values in 1954. Although Morning Glory fared far better than Edgemont in the ensuing years, the houses were certainly showing signs of deterioration by the late 1960s
1101-1105 Worth Street, 07.17.69
The easternmost house on Franklin St. (the northwest corner of N. Elm and Franklin) was torn down by the 1970s for expansion of the Golden Belt parking lot. 1101 and 1103 Franklin Street were torn down sometime in the 1980s and replaced by slab-on-grade duplexes with a lot of concrete driveway. 1107 Worth was torn down and replaced by a duplex during the same period. 1103 Worth was torn down by 1993, while 1101 Worth and 1105 Worth were torn down between 1993-1998.
With 5 examples of this style of house remaining by ~2005, the 1007-1011 Worth 3-in-a-row set were in fairly bad shape. 1105 Worth Street was (and is) owner occupied, and although significantly vinylized, it seems otherwise fairly intact. 1109 Worth, on the corner of Alston and Worth St., was (and is) owned by Vinston Braswell - not quite of the Fireball White stature, but close.
Habitat came into the neighborhood in 2006 (at around the same time Scientific Properties closed on Golden Belt) and purchased 5 houses, including the three at 1107-1011 Worth. At least in part because the neighborhood has been a National Register Historic District since the 1990s, they undertook a rehabilitation of several of the houses.
1007-1011 Worth St., gutted, 02.20.07
Rear, with their wings removed - 02.20.07
1011 Worth, interior, 02.20.07
I have never quite gotten a straight answer as to how much of these houses was actually saved vs. rebuilt on the same shell pattern. At least one, per Habitat, fell down in the above condition. You can see the quantity of new framing peeking out from under the house wrap above, 05.06.07.
The result were houses that at least strongly resembled the original. I've told everyone that will listen how thrilled I am with the design of these houses, because they accomplish something that Habitat (and most affordable housing businesses) has/have often failed to do - build attractive houses that are indistinguishable from market rate houses.
I think this is an incredibly key point, and one that the affordable housing industry, in their desire to amp up unit production, often glosses over or treats with disdain - i.e., "we can't be bothered with aesthetics - we're saving lives!"
But the typical affordable housing of the past - slab on grade, vinyl, tiny windows with fake muntins, undersized front porches built out of unpainted treated wood - was, to my eye, like a scarlet letter of class, loudly proclaiming to anyone who would drive by: "We live in low-income housing!"
Even if you've helped the individual (or family) immensely by providing them with low-cost housing that they own, this easy stigmatization is damaging, and also helps to obviate the possibility of creating mixed-income neighborhoods. Class discrimination is alive and well, and exercised every day when people pay a huge premium for the same size and quality of house/land in south-westerly Durham over what they would pay in easterly Durham. (As people do when making analogous location choices in in every other city on the planet.) It isn't irrational behavior on a broad, generalized scale - with concentrated neighborhood poverty comes social disorder, and unless people feel like they can make a difference (and want to,) they make location choices to avoid social disorder when they can afford to - whatever their racial/cultural background.
Anyway, designing houses that at least mimic the intrinsic quality of the historic stock, and using new construction that follows good design guidelines (Hardiplank vs. vinyl, 1 x 4 casing around the windows with the siding butted to the casing and cornerboards, proportionate window sizes, full size front porches, parged block foundation vs. slab) makes the random person who comes into this neighborhood say "look at those nice houses" rather than immediately pigeonholing. This is huge progress towards building housing that helps the neighborhood as well as the individual.
1007-1011 Worth Street, 11.05.08
1007-1011 Worth Street, 11.10.08
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