1500 JAMES ST.

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1500 JAMES ST.

1500
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1924
Architectural style: 
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One-story hipped-roof Craftsman-style house with 2 interior chimneys, a large hipped dotmer window, a pair of glazed and paneled front doors, and 9/1 sash windows. The building was constructed about 1915 as the Lakewood Baptist Church. In 1924 it was sold to a private owner and rebuilt as a duplex. No evidence of its original church appearance remains on the exterior.

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  • Submitted by sara on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 10:48am

    I was in there before the current renovation started, and it definitely wasn't built as a residence.  there was a large single open room in the middle, accessed via the two front doors, with rows of smaller rooms on each side.  each door had a transom above it, and they felt very much like offices or wee school rooms.  at some point, a wall had been built down the middle of the large room, creating two miserable living rooms with a window only at one end for each side of the later duplex.  really fascinating space.

  • Submitted by C HOWARD on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 2:56pm

    Yes, this was the original Lakewood Baptist Church.  I grew up 1408 James & my family was very active in LBC.  My grandmother was a charter member & I remember my mother & grandmother telling me about the church being located at 1500 James.

  • Submitted by Jessica Braverman on Monday, September 30, 2013 - 1:49pm

    So fun to see our house up here! We moved in March, 2013 and unfortuately I don't have a current picture to put up here, but I will do so soon. It is no longer the brown/mustard/orange color combo from the last picture. We love living in a home that has so much history.

  • Submitted by Mary Vance on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 1:55pm

    Hi C, I currently live in 1518 James Street and wonder if you have any recollection or knowledge as to who lived there?

  • Submitted by Charles Howard on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:44am

    Mary Vance, I haven't lived in Durham for many yrs., so I'm not sure which house is 1518. Going south from 1512 (Miss Julia Crabtree's house, featured earlier in OD), the occupants were Bobbitt, Willoughby & Hatch. Again, not sure of the house numbers. The Hatch house might be the beginning of the 1600 block, I'm not sure.

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  • Tue, 08/14/2012 - 11:00pm by gary

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1500
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1924
Architectural style: 
,
Construction type: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

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Per the NR listing:

One-story hipped-roof Craftsman-style house with 2 interior chimneys, a large hipped dotmer window, a pair of glazed and paneled front doors, and 9/1 sash windows. The hipped porch has Craftsman brick posts with granite caps. The original rear porch has replacement posts and railing. Vinyl covers the walls and eaves. The building was constructed about 1915 as the Lakewood Baptist Church. In 1924 it was sold to a private owner and rebuilt as a duplex. No evidence of its original church appearance remains on the exterior. [1930 CD, interview]

I'm not sure whether the author had additional sources other than interview to state that this is the same building that housed the Lakewood Baptist Church - I'm dubious. James Street doesn't even have listings in the city directories prior to 1924, and the Sanborn maps don't cover the area in 1913. The building appears classically residential and Craftsman, i.e. ~1920s.

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As of August 2012, at least the exterior renovation seems to be nearly completed. 

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I was in there before the current renovation started, and it definitely wasn't built as a residence.  there was a large single open room in the middle, accessed via the two front doors, with rows of smaller rooms on each side.  each door had a transom above it, and they felt very much like offices or wee school rooms.  at some point, a wall had been built down the middle of the large room, creating two miserable living rooms with a window only at one end for each side of the later duplex.  really fascinating space.

Yes, this was the original Lakewood Baptist Church.  I grew up 1408 James & my family was very active in LBC.  My grandmother was a charter member & I remember my mother & grandmother telling me about the church being located at 1500 James.

So fun to see our house up here! We moved in March, 2013 and unfortuately I don't have a current picture to put up here, but I will do so soon. It is no longer the brown/mustard/orange color combo from the last picture. We love living in a home that has so much history.

Hi C, I currently live in 1518 James Street and wonder if you have any recollection or knowledge as to who lived there?

Mary Vance, I haven't lived in Durham for many yrs., so I'm not sure which house is 1518. Going south from 1512 (Miss Julia Crabtree's house, featured earlier in OD), the occupants were Bobbitt, Willoughby & Hatch. Again, not sure of the house numbers. The Hatch house might be the beginning of the 1600 block, I'm not sure.

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