209 NORTH CHURCH ST.

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209 NORTH CHURCH ST.

211
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1923-1926
/ Modified in
2005
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Local historic district: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

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  • Submitted by Cal Coetzee on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:17am

    History of 209 N. Church Street

     

    209 N. Church Street in Durham, in the Downtown Durham Historical District.  The two-story brick building dates back to the first decades of the Twentieth Century.  It does not appear on the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps from May 1898, April 1902, August 1907, or from 1913.  But by 1937, the Sanborn map shows a two-story structure marked as 209. N. Church St. In order to establish when between 1913 and 1937 the structure was built, we examined the Durham City Directory (Polk or Hill) on microfilm.  Since the 1923 Directory does not have a listing for 209-211 N. Church Street, but the 1924 Directory shows The Durham Laundry at that address, it appears that the structure was built between 1923 and 1924.

     

    The metes-and-bounds description of the property recites the following:

     

    Beginning at a point in the property line on the west side of Church Street, at a point North 38 degrees 00 minutes East 98.9 feet from the building line on the north side of Parrish Street, said point being the northeast corner of lot No. 4 as shown on the map hereinafter referred to, and running thence along the north line of Lot No. 4 North 52 degrees, 00 minutes West  74.6 feet to a stake; thence North 36 degrees 42 minutes East 44 feet to a stake, the southwest corner of lot No. 7; thence along the south line of lot  No. 7 South 52 degrees 00 minutes East 77.4 feet to a point in the property line on the west side of Church Street; thence along and with the said property line 38 degrees 00 minutes West 44 feet to a point, the place and point of beginning, and being the major portion of lots 5 and 6 of the J. N. Umstead property as shown on map thereof by Rufus Massey, surveyor, dated April 12, 1901 and recorded in the Durham County Registry in Deed Book 24 at page 282, to which map reference is hereby made for a more particular description of the said lots. 

    The map of the Umstead property (is perhaps less useful than the description would have one think.  The lots referred to are not numbered, to my eye.  But it is possible to divine which tracts are the subject of this description by counting and assuming.

    Directly to the south of 209 is a building, which predates it considerably; #207 was built between 1898 and 1902. This adjacent building, numbered 207 N. Church Street, appears to have been a free-standing blacksmith shop in the 1902 map—there had been blacksmith located at the corner of Church and Parrish in the 1898 map, but no other buildings between it and the Methodist Church now known as Trinity Methodist.  207 was marked, along with a building to its south, as a wholesale grocery operation on  the 1907 map, and as the Durham Laundry in the 1913 map, its sister at 205 having become a furniture repair shop in the interim. 

    The property came into the hands of Cal  J. Coetzee and Lisa G. Shimotakahara on May 27, 2004, deeded by Allen D Cook, Vice President acting on behalf of the corporate entity, J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc.

    The Grantor acquired the property in a transaction on November 25, 1958 (recorded in Book 253 Page 567 in Durham County's Records of Deeds) from Lottie Gertrude Vickers and her husband, H. E. Vickers.  Ms. Vickers may have been affiliated with the family of the Vickers Real Estate firm in Durham and/or with Vickers Avenue, a street in Durham.  Ms. Vickers had acquired her lot by purchase from the Dillon Supply Company in 1944.  The lot she acquired was slightly smaller than the original lot purchased and sold in prior transactions, such as the sale by Durham Laundry Company to Dillon Supply in 1927. 

    Dillon Supply Company was originally in the business of mill supplies, but later expanded into industrial supplies and machinery, water systems, heating equipment and high- and low-pressure boilers, and equipment and supplies for contractors.  They were originally established in 1914, according to their listing in the 1972 Durham City Directory. However, they did not acquire these premises until November 8, 1927.  Dillon Supply Company was listed in the Durham Directory as recently as 1989; the 1990 edition does not contain any reference to the company.

    Dillon Supply Company acquired the premises from The Durham Laundry on November 8, 1927 (Durham County Record of Deed Book 90 Page 231).  The Laundry had a branch at this location; their main facility was at 113 S. Gregson at the corner of Peabody Street.  For some time in the 1970s, they also had a location at 1058 West Club Boulevard in the Northgate Mall.  The Durham Laundry was listed as Mce-Durham Laundry at the S. Gregson St. address in the Durham City Directory for 1970, 1975, 1980, and 1981-82.  By 1983, they were no longer listed in the Directory. 

    Durham County Deed Book Research

     

    Book

    Page

    Date

    Grantee

    4408

    450

    5/27/2004

    Charl COETZEE & Lisa SHIMOTAKAHARA

    253

    567

    11/25/1958

    J. H. COOK & SONS, INC.

    150

    495

    5/2/1944

    Mrs Lottie Gertrude VICKERS[1]

    90

    231

    11/8/1927

    DILLON SUPPLY COMPANY[2]

    80

    316

    2/8/1926

    DURHAM LAUNDRY COMPANY

    47

    681

    1/15/1915 AS CORRECTEDBY DEED AT BOOK 55 PAGE 680 ON 2/8/26

    L. J. Jones and wife Lula H. Jones

     

     

    1//2/15

    Foreclosure Sale by Fouchee, Trustee (See Deed of Trust 67/232) due to apparent default[3]

     

    Polk City Directory (or Hill City Directory) Research

     

    Year

    Address

    Occupant

     

    2005

    209

    None

     

    2004

    209

    None

     

    2003

    209

    None

     

    2002

    209

    None

     

    2001

    209

    J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc.

    Leather Goods 'fu 683-1288

    2000

    209

    J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc. 

    Nondurable Goods

    1995

    209

    J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc.

    Leather Dealers

    1990

    209

    “                                   “

    “                          “

    1985

    209

    The Durham Printery, 682-9231

     

    1980

    209

    “                                 “  688-7771

     

    1975

    209

    “                                 “ “              “

     

    1970

    209

    “                                 “  “             “

     

    1964

    209

    “                                 “  “             “

     

     

     

    Switch from Books to Microfilm records

     

    1960

    209

    Vacant

     

    1955

    209-211

    207

    Vacant

    J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc.

     

    Wholesale Leather

    1950-51

    209

    J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc. (called 207)

     

    1940

    209-211

    Dillon Supply Company

    Mill supplies

    1939

    209-211

    Dillon Supply Company

    Mill supplies

    1931

    209-211

    Dillon Supply Company

    Mill Supplies

    1930[4]

    209

    211

    Dillon Supply Company

    Durham Laundry Company (branch of the main Laundry located at S. Gregson & Peabody)

     

     

     

     

     

    1929

    207

    209-211

    Vacant

    Dillon Supply Company

    & The Durham Laundry (branch)

     

    Mill Supplies

    1928

    207

    209

    Vacant

    The Durham Laundry (branch) & Dillon Supply Company

     

    1927

    207

    209-211

    Vacant

    Dillon Supply Company & The Durham Laundry (branch)

     

    1926

    207

    209-211

    Vacant

    The Durham Laundry

     

    1925

    207

    209-211

    Vacant

    The Durham Laundry

     

    1924

    207

    209-211

    Vacant

    The Durham Laundry

     

    1923

    205-207

    209-211

    The Durham Laundry

    NO LISTING

     

    1922

    205-207

    209-211

    The Durham Laundry

    NO LISTING

     

    1921

    205

    205-207

    209-211

    Durham Dry Cleaners

    The Durham Laundry

    NO LISTING

     

    1919-20

    205

    205-207

    209-211

    Model Dry Cleaners

    The Durham Laundry

    NO LISTING

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    [1]   Dimensions 76 X 44 X 77.4 X 44'

    [2]   Dimensions 84.5 X 44 X 86 X 44'

    [3] The default occurred as follows:  On 11/11/1912, the Fidelity Trust and Development Company signed a deed of trust (Book 67 Page 232)  and delivered it to W L Foushee, Trustee, as security for a debt of $1854.98 owed to Mrs. Nancy M. Tatum ($1700) and F. C. Geer ($154.98), due one year later.  The debt was not paid as required, so the Trustee sold the property at public sale on 1/2/1915.  L J Jones was the highest bidder at $3250. 

    [4]   Hill Directory Company

     

  • Submitted by gary on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 8:24am

    Thanks Cal!

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  • Mon, 09/12/2011 - 7:58am by gary

Location

35° 59' 43.1808" N, 78° 53' 56.022" W

Comments

211
,
Durham
NC
Built in
1923-1926
/ Modified in
2005
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Local historic district: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 

211NChurch_091011.jpg

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(Courtesy Duke Archives)

The buildings along the west side of the 200 block of North Church St. are a very-well preserved block of early 20th century structures. The Hicks building, on the northwest corner of North Church and East Parrish, and its immediate 3 neighbors to the north were constructed around 1910. 209-211 North Church, at the northern end of the row, was constructed somewhat later, between 1923 and 1928, for the Durham Laundry, which had been located next door at 205-207 N. Church.
 

The Durham Laundry was not housed there long; they constructed a new facility at 822 West Peabody St. (the corner of South Gregson) in 1926. The building on North Church St. was then occupied by the Dillon Supply Co., which occupied the building until 1942. They then joined their predecessors west of downtown on West Peabody St. (the corner of South Duke.)

The building was occupied by Dub Sandwich Company for several years, and from 1960 until 2001 it was owned by J.H. Cook and Sons Leather goods, used primarily for storage.

The row of buildings in the 1970s - 209-211 is at the far end of the row.

In 2004-2005, the building was purchased and completely and impressively renovated with an upstairs residential area, a downstairs rear garage, and a downstairs anterior retail space.


Looking southwest, 2007.

These buildings are a great cluster of contiguous historic structures - they are just too isolated with the desolate landscape to the east and southeast. Although, as of 2011, the ongoing lease-up of Greenfire's Rogers Alley project to the west has meant that this fantastic block 'feels' closer to people than it has in years. 

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09.10.11

 

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History of 209 N. Church Street

 

209 N. Church Street in Durham, in the Downtown Durham Historical District.  The two-story brick building dates back to the first decades of the Twentieth Century.  It does not appear on the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps from May 1898, April 1902, August 1907, or from 1913.  But by 1937, the Sanborn map shows a two-story structure marked as 209. N. Church St. In order to establish when between 1913 and 1937 the structure was built, we examined the Durham City Directory (Polk or Hill) on microfilm.  Since the 1923 Directory does not have a listing for 209-211 N. Church Street, but the 1924 Directory shows The Durham Laundry at that address, it appears that the structure was built between 1923 and 1924.

 

The metes-and-bounds description of the property recites the following:

 

Beginning at a point in the property line on the west side of Church Street, at a point North 38 degrees 00 minutes East 98.9 feet from the building line on the north side of Parrish Street, said point being the northeast corner of lot No. 4 as shown on the map hereinafter referred to, and running thence along the north line of Lot No. 4 North 52 degrees, 00 minutes West  74.6 feet to a stake; thence North 36 degrees 42 minutes East 44 feet to a stake, the southwest corner of lot No. 7; thence along the south line of lot  No. 7 South 52 degrees 00 minutes East 77.4 feet to a point in the property line on the west side of Church Street; thence along and with the said property line 38 degrees 00 minutes West 44 feet to a point, the place and point of beginning, and being the major portion of lots 5 and 6 of the J. N. Umstead property as shown on map thereof by Rufus Massey, surveyor, dated April 12, 1901 and recorded in the Durham County Registry in Deed Book 24 at page 282, to which map reference is hereby made for a more particular description of the said lots. 

The map of the Umstead property (is perhaps less useful than the description would have one think.  The lots referred to are not numbered, to my eye.  But it is possible to divine which tracts are the subject of this description by counting and assuming.

Directly to the south of 209 is a building, which predates it considerably; #207 was built between 1898 and 1902. This adjacent building, numbered 207 N. Church Street, appears to have been a free-standing blacksmith shop in the 1902 map—there had been blacksmith located at the corner of Church and Parrish in the 1898 map, but no other buildings between it and the Methodist Church now known as Trinity Methodist.  207 was marked, along with a building to its south, as a wholesale grocery operation on  the 1907 map, and as the Durham Laundry in the 1913 map, its sister at 205 having become a furniture repair shop in the interim. 

The property came into the hands of Cal  J. Coetzee and Lisa G. Shimotakahara on May 27, 2004, deeded by Allen D Cook, Vice President acting on behalf of the corporate entity, J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc.

The Grantor acquired the property in a transaction on November 25, 1958 (recorded in Book 253 Page 567 in Durham County's Records of Deeds) from Lottie Gertrude Vickers and her husband, H. E. Vickers.  Ms. Vickers may have been affiliated with the family of the Vickers Real Estate firm in Durham and/or with Vickers Avenue, a street in Durham.  Ms. Vickers had acquired her lot by purchase from the Dillon Supply Company in 1944.  The lot she acquired was slightly smaller than the original lot purchased and sold in prior transactions, such as the sale by Durham Laundry Company to Dillon Supply in 1927. 

Dillon Supply Company was originally in the business of mill supplies, but later expanded into industrial supplies and machinery, water systems, heating equipment and high- and low-pressure boilers, and equipment and supplies for contractors.  They were originally established in 1914, according to their listing in the 1972 Durham City Directory. However, they did not acquire these premises until November 8, 1927.  Dillon Supply Company was listed in the Durham Directory as recently as 1989; the 1990 edition does not contain any reference to the company.

Dillon Supply Company acquired the premises from The Durham Laundry on November 8, 1927 (Durham County Record of Deed Book 90 Page 231).  The Laundry had a branch at this location; their main facility was at 113 S. Gregson at the corner of Peabody Street.  For some time in the 1970s, they also had a location at 1058 West Club Boulevard in the Northgate Mall.  The Durham Laundry was listed as Mce-Durham Laundry at the S. Gregson St. address in the Durham City Directory for 1970, 1975, 1980, and 1981-82.  By 1983, they were no longer listed in the Directory. 

Durham County Deed Book Research

 

Book

Page

Date

Grantee

4408

450

5/27/2004

Charl COETZEE & Lisa SHIMOTAKAHARA

253

567

11/25/1958

J. H. COOK & SONS, INC.

150

495

5/2/1944

Mrs Lottie Gertrude VICKERS[1]

90

231

11/8/1927

DILLON SUPPLY COMPANY[2]

80

316

2/8/1926

DURHAM LAUNDRY COMPANY

47

681

1/15/1915 AS CORRECTEDBY DEED AT BOOK 55 PAGE 680 ON 2/8/26

L. J. Jones and wife Lula H. Jones

 

 

1//2/15

Foreclosure Sale by Fouchee, Trustee (See Deed of Trust 67/232) due to apparent default[3]

 

Polk City Directory (or Hill City Directory) Research

 

Year

Address

Occupant

 

2005

209

None

 

2004

209

None

 

2003

209

None

 

2002

209

None

 

2001

209

J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc.

Leather Goods 'fu 683-1288

2000

209

J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc. 

Nondurable Goods

1995

209

J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc.

Leather Dealers

1990

209

“                                   “

“                          “

1985

209

The Durham Printery, 682-9231

 

1980

209

“                                 “  688-7771

 

1975

209

“                                 “ “              “

 

1970

209

“                                 “  “             “

 

1964

209

“                                 “  “             “

 

 

 

Switch from Books to Microfilm records

 

1960

209

Vacant

 

1955

209-211

207

Vacant

J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc.

 

Wholesale Leather

1950-51

209

J. H. Cook & Sons, Inc. (called 207)

 

1940

209-211

Dillon Supply Company

Mill supplies

1939

209-211

Dillon Supply Company

Mill supplies

1931

209-211

Dillon Supply Company

Mill Supplies

1930[4]

209

211

Dillon Supply Company

Durham Laundry Company (branch of the main Laundry located at S. Gregson & Peabody)

 

 

 

 

 

1929

207

209-211

Vacant

Dillon Supply Company

& The Durham Laundry (branch)

 

Mill Supplies

1928

207

209

Vacant

The Durham Laundry (branch) & Dillon Supply Company

 

1927

207

209-211

Vacant

Dillon Supply Company & The Durham Laundry (branch)

 

1926

207

209-211

Vacant

The Durham Laundry

 

1925

207

209-211

Vacant

The Durham Laundry

 

1924

207

209-211

Vacant

The Durham Laundry

 

1923

205-207

209-211

The Durham Laundry

NO LISTING

 

1922

205-207

209-211

The Durham Laundry

NO LISTING

 

1921

205

205-207

209-211

Durham Dry Cleaners

The Durham Laundry

NO LISTING

 

1919-20

205

205-207

209-211

Model Dry Cleaners

The Durham Laundry

NO LISTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


[1]   Dimensions 76 X 44 X 77.4 X 44'

[2]   Dimensions 84.5 X 44 X 86 X 44'

[3] The default occurred as follows:  On 11/11/1912, the Fidelity Trust and Development Company signed a deed of trust (Book 67 Page 232)  and delivered it to W L Foushee, Trustee, as security for a debt of $1854.98 owed to Mrs. Nancy M. Tatum ($1700) and F. C. Geer ($154.98), due one year later.  The debt was not paid as required, so the Trustee sold the property at public sale on 1/2/1915.  L J Jones was the highest bidder at $3250. 

[4]   Hill Directory Company

 

Thanks Cal!

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