720 VICKERS AVENUE / 700 BLOCK VICKERS AVE

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720 VICKERS AVENUE / 700 BLOCK VICKERS AVE

720
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1890-1910
Construction type: 
Local historic district: 
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  • Submitted by Anonymous on Monday, February 4, 2008 - 2:36am

    The old school buses, junk cars & appliances, surrounded by chain link and razor wire around the old Holiday Inn contribute so positively to the image of Durham. Councilman Brown, you have to see this every day. Why can't we do something about it? I'm a preservationist to the core, but I think an empty parcel would look better than what is currently there. Help!

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Monday, February 4, 2008 - 1:49pm

    Some Eagle Scouts need to repaint that street sign, less some well-meaning City Official order its removal.

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Monday, February 4, 2008 - 1:59pm

    I think there is one of those Durham street markers... in Chapel Hill! Actually, it's on HWY 54 next to the running trail on the Meadowmont side of 54, across from the Friday Center (well, somewhere in there). I can't remember the street names off the top of my head, though. It looks quite out of place, and must have been placed there in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

  • Submitted by Barry Ragin on Monday, February 4, 2008 - 3:44pm

    A number of the old street markers have ended up in Duke Park where they are supposed to keep vehicles from driving over the lawn. I'll post a photo sometime in the near future.

  • Submitted by Dan S. on Monday, February 4, 2008 - 4:00pm

    @ anonymous #1:

    The Sturdivants, who own the former Holiday Inn (now the 'Urban Merchant Center') and the Washington ('We Want Oprah!') Duke Motel are notorious for just barely paying taxes and debts on time, barely holding onto properties that are downright embarrassing for Durham. (See also: Bill Fields)

    Curiously, in June 2007, when it looked like the Sturdivants were going to lose their properties once and for all, Hank Scherich, president of Measurement, Inc., bailed out Ronnie Sturdivant with a mysterious $150,000 loan, which I've heard nothing about in the interim.

  • Submitted by crc128 on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 3:15pm

    I think one of those markers is on the corner of Buchanan and Minerva in Trinity Park - though I think the words have worn off...

  • Submitted by PeterK on Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:45am

    Nestled on the corner of Yancey, 720 Vickers is owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. Current use is a friary. Really a nice house. Well kept. Without the bamboo the view out the front would be the vickers St. bridge.

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720
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1890-1910
Construction type: 
Local historic district: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

The 700 block of Vickers Avenue was a primarily residential block of Morehead Hill (although really part of that nebulous transition area between Morehead Hill and West End,)containing a mix of larger houses and smaller triple-A roofline workforce housing. The intersection of Jackson St. and Vickers, just to the south of the Holiday Inn, had become progressively commercial through the 1950s


Looking southwest from the steeple of Duke Memorial, over the Holiday Inn. The intersection just behind the hotel is Jackson and Vickers - the 700 block stretches south from that point.
(Courtesy Whig Hill)


An aerial shot of the block in 1959. Note the orange and blue dots.

This block was along the designated path of the East-West Expressway, i.e. the Durham Freeway, which began construction in summer of 1967.


Looking southwest from the NC Mutual building, summer 1967. The 700 block, with the exception of two structures - one on the south side of the new freeway and one on the north, has been demolished. You can see the Gregson-Vickers connector under construction; prior to this, Gregson went no further south than Jackson St.
(Courtesy Herald-Sun)


From ~Parker St. and South Duke, looking west and up at Vickers St., June 7, 1967. The backs of the houses on Yancey St. are to the right, and the intersection of Yancey and Vickers is at the top of the hill.
(Courtesy Herald-Sun)

By 1969-1970, the Freeway was completed.


Looking northeast from a fire ladder at the intersection of Vickers and Yancey. The house remaining at the south end of the 700 block is in the left foreground (the blue dot) and the commercial building on the east side of the north end of the 700 block is visible across the freeway (the orange dot). Also note the Washington Duke Hotel at the right edge of the frame.

This configuration remains much the same today. That commercial building was later torn down or drastically altered, and is now the Forest History Society.


Looking southeast from Jackson and Vickers, 02.02.08

And the house at 720 Vickers, marked above with the blue dot, hidden behind some trees and set further back from the road by the reconfigured Vickers, has been well-maintained.


Looking northwest, 01.30.08

A similar view from the NC Mutual Building.


Looking west, 01.30.08

And lastly, Vickers and Jackson is the location of what I think to be one of the last (if not the last - let me know if you've seen another) signpost-style street markers in Durham - once commonplace on residential streetcorners.

Comments

The old school buses, junk cars & appliances, surrounded by chain link and razor wire around the old Holiday Inn contribute so positively to the image of Durham. Councilman Brown, you have to see this every day. Why can't we do something about it? I'm a preservationist to the core, but I think an empty parcel would look better than what is currently there. Help!

Some Eagle Scouts need to repaint that street sign, less some well-meaning City Official order its removal.

I think there is one of those Durham street markers... in Chapel Hill! Actually, it's on HWY 54 next to the running trail on the Meadowmont side of 54, across from the Friday Center (well, somewhere in there). I can't remember the street names off the top of my head, though. It looks quite out of place, and must have been placed there in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

A number of the old street markers have ended up in Duke Park where they are supposed to keep vehicles from driving over the lawn. I'll post a photo sometime in the near future.

@ anonymous #1:

The Sturdivants, who own the former Holiday Inn (now the 'Urban Merchant Center') and the Washington ('We Want Oprah!') Duke Motel are notorious for just barely paying taxes and debts on time, barely holding onto properties that are downright embarrassing for Durham. (See also: Bill Fields)

Curiously, in June 2007, when it looked like the Sturdivants were going to lose their properties once and for all, Hank Scherich, president of Measurement, Inc., bailed out Ronnie Sturdivant with a mysterious $150,000 loan, which I've heard nothing about in the interim.

I think one of those markers is on the corner of Buchanan and Minerva in Trinity Park - though I think the words have worn off...

Nestled on the corner of Yancey, 720 Vickers is owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. Current use is a friary. Really a nice house. Well kept. Without the bamboo the view out the front would be the vickers St. bridge.

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