I can't say that I find the Howerton-Bryan building on West Main, a colonial revival funeral home/chapel built around 1930, all that architecturally fascinating, but the Howerton-Bryan business holds, I believe, a singular distinction as the oldest continually operating business in Durham.
Established in 1874 by RT Howerton at 316 North Mangum St., the firm eventually included the rest of the family and became Howerton and Sons.
In 1931, after or around the time the firm built their new establishment at 1005 West Main, Kenneth Bryan joined the business, and it became Howerton-Bryan
Looking northeast, 1948, at the rear of the funeral home (with the hipped roof immediately abutting a side-gable roof)
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)