STANFORD WARREN LIBRARY - 1201 FAYETTEVILLE ST.

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STANFORD WARREN LIBRARY - 1201 FAYETTEVILLE ST.

1201
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1940
/ Modified in
1950
,
2008
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  • Submitted by Jessica Sedgwick on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 12:08am

    great post!

    here's a postcard with an interior view of the Durham Colored Library, ca. 1915-1930, from the North Carolina Collection's NC Postcards project:

    http://dc.lib.unc.edu/u?/nc_post,452

  • Submitted by Gary on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 12:14am

    Thanks Jessica. If you click through the hyperlink in this post to my post on the Durham Colored Library, you'll find that postcard view there.

    GK

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 8:58am

    I'm pleased to see the brickwork is still in pretty good shape and that they did not mess with those great windows.

  • Submitted by Jessica Sedgwick on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 12:44pm

    Gary- ahhhh that's great, nothing gets by you! thanks for pointing that out. :)

  • Submitted by PATRON OF STANF... on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:18am

    THE GROWTH OF STANFORD HAS EVOLVED CULTURALLY AND THE PERFORMING ARTS BASE COMMUNITY OF FAYETTEVILLE AND OTHER STREET ARE BRINGING MORE FLAVOR. GWINNETH "HARP" IS ONE HECK OF PERFORMING ARTS SHOW. POETRY READING, JAZZ ARTIST, STORY TELLING, AND MORE COMPLIMENT THE GROWTH. ARTICLES WORTH READING FROM A FREELANCE WRITER WHO SHARE HIS WRITING WITH STANFORD WARREN LIBRARY IS :

    WALTER WEBB-FREELANCEWRITER@(FAITHBASE CHRISTIAN TELEVISION)ALRIGHT-TV/PISGAH.NET

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  • Wed, 01/02/2013 - 2:46pm by gary

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35° 58' 57.2484" N, 78° 53' 55.4676" W

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1201
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1940
/ Modified in
1950
,
2008
People: 
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Local historic district: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 


Stanford L. Warren Library, 1950
(Courtesy Durham County Library / North Carolina Collection)

Out of the Durham Colored Library at East Pettigrew St. and Fayetteville St. grew the seeds for the Stanford L. Warren Library.

The city began supporting the DCL in 1917, and the county in 1918; despite this, it appears that the library was not part of the overall public library system. Over the following 20 years, the library continued to grow, easily pushing the capacity limits of the original building.

In 1940, Stanford L. Warren, president of the library board from 1923 to 1940, donated the land for a new library building at the southeast corner of Umstead St. and Fayetteville St. Local architect Robert R. Markley designed a neoclassical structure for the site, and the library moved from Fayetteville and Pettigrew Sts. to the new structure - which was named after Stanford Warren. The library became part of the county library system at that time.


Postcard view of the library, 1950s.
(Courtesy of John Schelp)

In 1950, the library was again expanded with the construction of a rear, two-story wing.


Looking northwest at the addition from Simmons St., 02.26.50
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

With the destruction of (nearly) all-things-Hayti north of Umstead St., the library became the northern edge of the remaining historic fabric.


Looking northeast, 1972.
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

The library was recently renovated again, with a renovation and rearrangement of the interior, as well as the construction of a new side-oriented main entrance on the south side of the structure.


Looking northeast, 11.15.08

Kudos to Durham County for the renovation, which provides accessibility and an attractive and very functional entrance to the building while preserving the classical lines of the original Fayetteville St. facade.

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great post!

here's a postcard with an interior view of the Durham Colored Library, ca. 1915-1930, from the North Carolina Collection's NC Postcards project:

http://dc.lib.unc.edu/u?/nc_post,452

Thanks Jessica. If you click through the hyperlink in this post to my post on the Durham Colored Library, you'll find that postcard view there.

GK

I'm pleased to see the brickwork is still in pretty good shape and that they did not mess with those great windows.

Gary- ahhhh that's great, nothing gets by you! thanks for pointing that out. :)

THE GROWTH OF STANFORD HAS EVOLVED CULTURALLY AND THE PERFORMING ARTS BASE COMMUNITY OF FAYETTEVILLE AND OTHER STREET ARE BRINGING MORE FLAVOR. GWINNETH "HARP" IS ONE HECK OF PERFORMING ARTS SHOW. POETRY READING, JAZZ ARTIST, STORY TELLING, AND MORE COMPLIMENT THE GROWTH. ARTICLES WORTH READING FROM A FREELANCE WRITER WHO SHARE HIS WRITING WITH STANFORD WARREN LIBRARY IS :

WALTER WEBB-FREELANCEWRITER@(FAITHBASE CHRISTIAN TELEVISION)ALRIGHT-TV/PISGAH.NET

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