201 HOOD STREET

/sites/default/files/images/2013_6/201Hood_062513.jpghttp://www.opendurham.org/sites/default/files/images/2007_11/ParrishPlace_Sanborn_1937.jpghttp://www.opendurham.org/sites/default/files/images/2007_11/HoodandRamseur_BE_1950.jpg/sites/default/files/images/2013_6/201Hood_fake2nd_062513.jpg

201 HOOD STREET

201
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
2013
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
,
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

Comments

No comments yet.

Add new comment

In tours

  • This building does not appear in any tours yet.

Last updated

  • Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:14pm by gary

Location

United States
35° 59' 24.108" N, 78° 53' 37.734" W
US

Comments

201
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
2013
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
,
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 

06.25.13

(Photo by Gary Kueber)

DaVita dialysis built this new construction building on vacant lots at the corner of Hood and Walker during 2012-2013. As these things go, it's not a bad building. The worst thing is their logo.

Hood Street, once called Parrish Place, was a nice residential area during the late 19th and early 20th century. These houses were gradually displaced with commercial / light industrial uses over the course of the mid-20th century.

 

1937 Sanborn Map (Sanborn Company)

Aerial looking southwest from above the Durham Hosiery Mill No. 1. Hood and Walker is the corner in the ~right ~mid-ground of the picture, and the line of larger houses are all on Hood Street. (Courtesy Herald-Sun)

The funniest thing about this building to me is the second story. I was impressed that it was built as a two-level structure, given the propensity of these medical companies to build utterly utilitarian, single story, sprawling slab-on-grade structures. I wondered if the new downtown zoning, which has minimum height requirements, had something to do with it.

Undoubtedly so. Because evidently DaVita was so unimpressed with having to add a second floor that they made it a giant, unusable utility space. I can't imagine building a second floor and not even giving yourself the option of making it usable square footage.

Angle bracing and duct work visible through the windows.

(Photo by Gary Kueber)

Add new comment