WANNAMAKER HOUSE

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WANNAMAKER HOUSE

3600
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1945-1950
/ Demolished in
1974
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
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  • Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 4:30pm

    Hmm...I remember North Duke being built, but I don't remember that house.

    The field between Fairfield and the Teer House was a favorite for neighborhood kite flyers on weekends. There would be 20-25 people out there flying all kinds of kites some days.

    I know the old Darryl's 1881 is hardly a historical landmark in itself, but I'd sure love to know what happened to the fistures that were in it. I used to work there. We were told that the mailboxes in the foyer where from the old Durham post office, many of the chandleiers and wall "junk" were from local estate sales, etc. My dad helped refurbish the old double decker bus that was on the lower floor. In the earlier Darryl's, the builders tried to use locally reclaimed materials. Later, when the chain got bigger, they stopped doing that and just went with cookie cutter furnishigs.

  • Submitted by Wayne Henderson on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 10:13pm

    I can confirm that the Roses Stores listings point to their store in North Duke Mall having opened sometime after September 1974, if that helps to date the opening of the mall.

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 12:40am

    I can just barely remember flying a kite in that field as a child, but boy do I recall when that Darryl's was THE place to go after a Northern High football game. I didn't realize/remember they used local stuff for the interior- it was a cool place. Started by the same folks as the Angus Barn I believe.
    -KR

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 1:23am

    My husband worked in construction on N. Duke mall during the summer of 1974. The mall opened a few months later--late 1974 or early 1975.

  • Submitted by Gary on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:53am

    Ok folks, so please educate me; where was the original Darryl's? Was it in the mall? Or was it in a freestanding building, like the one that used to be out on 15-501? (The only one I remember.)

    GK

  • Submitted by wren on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 8:49am

    Gary,
    It was a freestanding building on the Northwest corner of Fairfield and Roxboro Rd facing south. Thad Eure Jr and his partner were the investors for the NC franchise.

    Each Darryl's was named for a significant date in the area, hence the one at North Duke was Darryl's 1881 (as you know, the year Durham was incorporated) and they tried to put something in the interior to commemorate that date (like the post office boxes for the 1881 one).

    I lugged many trays of ice cream-based pina coladas and plates of ribs up those stairs. :) One of the better waitressing gigs in North Durham at that time.

    I think after Darryl's 1881 closed, it was Green's Tavern or something like that for a while. I ate there once, and I think the mailboxes were still in place then, but they had substantially brightened the interior and done away with much of the kitschy antiques.

    It's probably been half a dozen restaurants over the years.

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 2:57pm

    Sorry to add further re. Darryl's, but no one has mentioned the building is still standing and is presently Ole NC Barbecue.

    The double decker bus is gone, but it still looks like the old Darryl's inside and out.

    Keith P.

  • Submitted by Dan S. on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 8:50pm

    The 'Old Darryl's/SpaghettiFreddy's/Ole NC BBQ' building has always reminded me of the Weeping Radish/Old Heidelberg Village/Charlie Goodnight's/Steve and Clark's/The Playground building -- it's the other place in Durham where restaurants go to die -- it also had a restaurant that put up new signs, then never opened.

    (Ole NC BBQ is the only survivor, having vacated the building for a space in the mall, before returning to the former Darryl's location two years ago.)

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 8:13pm

    What was the number of the Daryl's that used to sit out on Chapel Hill Rd./15/501?

  • Submitted by Gary on Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 5:51pm

    Anon - it appears that it was Darryl's 1881, in reference to the date of the formation of Durham county.

    GK

  • Submitted by wren on Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 5:14am

    Anon -
    The Darryl's on Roxboro Rd. was 1881. The one on Chapel Hill Blvd was a different number, but I don't remember the date they picked, only that it had something to do with UNC-CH. Each store had a different date assigned to it.

  • Submitted by Page on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 2:40pm

    This was the site of the Wanamaker home. Family of Philadelphia. Burned in the late 40’s and rebuilt, but largely abandoned in the 50’s. The site was purchased by a group of investors including John Warner (future US Senator) then married to Elizabeth Taylor for the development of a shopping center.

  • Submitted by Gary on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 3:06pm

    Page

    Thank you so much for solving this mystery! Do you know if it was the house of William Wannamaker, Dean of ____ at Duke? A quick search shows that his wife died in 57 and he died in 58, so that might fit with the abandonment of the house.

    GK

  • Submitted by Batman on Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 2:00am

    I think the original Darryl's was on the CH Boulevard. What a place. For any Durham-area 1970's kid, Darryls was a destination. I remember one of the items on the menu described it as "2 big knockers..." which always elicited some wisecrack. No doubt, intended to do so by the management!

  • Submitted by A Local on Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 8:11pm

    Darryl's was, at one point after being Darryl's, a restaurant called "Greenfield's", briefly.

  • Submitted by Linda A. on Monday, December 16, 2013 - 9:57pm

    The first (original?) Darryl's in Durham WAS on Ch.H. Blvd at the intersection of Garrett Road. Then another was opened on Roxboro Rd, later inhabited the longest by Ole NC Bar-b-q. It's empty now & falling down, but had a good deal of original Darryl's artifacts.

  • Submitted by Ed G. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:23pm

    The original Darryl's was in Raleigh, on Hillsborough St. I believe 15-501 was the second. The one & only Darryl's location still open today is in Greensboro.

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  • Sat, 08/27/2011 - 10:41pm by gary

Location

36° 2' 56.6484" N, 78° 54' 16.4736" W

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3600
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1945-1950
/ Demolished in
1974
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 


(Courtesy Durham County Library / North Carolina Collection)

I'm a bit embarrassed by the lack of detail in this post, but I've found information difficult to uncover at best. The aerial above shows Fairfield Road, North Duke St., Roxboro Road, and Duke Homestead Road in 1959 - the mostly rural nature of the landscape is even more evident in a non-zoomed view of this, but clearly the large tract in the center featured another of the large houses lining this portion of Roxboro Road.

I haven't been able to determine when North Duke Mall was built - I can trace the deeds back to 1973, when a series of merged partnerships result in the transformation of what was entitled "North Duke Plaza" into North Duke Mall. But there I've hit a bit of a dead end. So the best I can say for now is that, sometime before that, it appears that this land was purchased, house demolished, and a mall built. That mall is now North Duke Mall.


2007 aerial.


Shops, shops, shops, 02.07.09

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Comments

Hmm...I remember North Duke being built, but I don't remember that house.

The field between Fairfield and the Teer House was a favorite for neighborhood kite flyers on weekends. There would be 20-25 people out there flying all kinds of kites some days.

I know the old Darryl's 1881 is hardly a historical landmark in itself, but I'd sure love to know what happened to the fistures that were in it. I used to work there. We were told that the mailboxes in the foyer where from the old Durham post office, many of the chandleiers and wall "junk" were from local estate sales, etc. My dad helped refurbish the old double decker bus that was on the lower floor. In the earlier Darryl's, the builders tried to use locally reclaimed materials. Later, when the chain got bigger, they stopped doing that and just went with cookie cutter furnishigs.

I can confirm that the Roses Stores listings point to their store in North Duke Mall having opened sometime after September 1974, if that helps to date the opening of the mall.

I can just barely remember flying a kite in that field as a child, but boy do I recall when that Darryl's was THE place to go after a Northern High football game. I didn't realize/remember they used local stuff for the interior- it was a cool place. Started by the same folks as the Angus Barn I believe.
-KR

My husband worked in construction on N. Duke mall during the summer of 1974. The mall opened a few months later--late 1974 or early 1975.

Ok folks, so please educate me; where was the original Darryl's? Was it in the mall? Or was it in a freestanding building, like the one that used to be out on 15-501? (The only one I remember.)

GK

Gary,
It was a freestanding building on the Northwest corner of Fairfield and Roxboro Rd facing south. Thad Eure Jr and his partner were the investors for the NC franchise.

Each Darryl's was named for a significant date in the area, hence the one at North Duke was Darryl's 1881 (as you know, the year Durham was incorporated) and they tried to put something in the interior to commemorate that date (like the post office boxes for the 1881 one).

I lugged many trays of ice cream-based pina coladas and plates of ribs up those stairs. :) One of the better waitressing gigs in North Durham at that time.

I think after Darryl's 1881 closed, it was Green's Tavern or something like that for a while. I ate there once, and I think the mailboxes were still in place then, but they had substantially brightened the interior and done away with much of the kitschy antiques.

It's probably been half a dozen restaurants over the years.

Sorry to add further re. Darryl's, but no one has mentioned the building is still standing and is presently Ole NC Barbecue.

The double decker bus is gone, but it still looks like the old Darryl's inside and out.

Keith P.

The 'Old Darryl's/SpaghettiFreddy's/Ole NC BBQ' building has always reminded me of the Weeping Radish/Old Heidelberg Village/Charlie Goodnight's/Steve and Clark's/The Playground building -- it's the other place in Durham where restaurants go to die -- it also had a restaurant that put up new signs, then never opened.

(Ole NC BBQ is the only survivor, having vacated the building for a space in the mall, before returning to the former Darryl's location two years ago.)

What was the number of the Daryl's that used to sit out on Chapel Hill Rd./15/501?

Anon - it appears that it was Darryl's 1881, in reference to the date of the formation of Durham county.

GK

Anon -
The Darryl's on Roxboro Rd. was 1881. The one on Chapel Hill Blvd was a different number, but I don't remember the date they picked, only that it had something to do with UNC-CH. Each store had a different date assigned to it.

This was the site of the Wanamaker home. Family of Philadelphia. Burned in the late 40’s and rebuilt, but largely abandoned in the 50’s. The site was purchased by a group of investors including John Warner (future US Senator) then married to Elizabeth Taylor for the development of a shopping center.

Page

Thank you so much for solving this mystery! Do you know if it was the house of William Wannamaker, Dean of ____ at Duke? A quick search shows that his wife died in 57 and he died in 58, so that might fit with the abandonment of the house.

GK

I think the original Darryl's was on the CH Boulevard. What a place. For any Durham-area 1970's kid, Darryls was a destination. I remember one of the items on the menu described it as "2 big knockers..." which always elicited some wisecrack. No doubt, intended to do so by the management!

Darryl's was, at one point after being Darryl's, a restaurant called "Greenfield's", briefly.

The first (original?) Darryl's in Durham WAS on Ch.H. Blvd at the intersection of Garrett Road. Then another was opened on Roxboro Rd, later inhabited the longest by Ole NC Bar-b-q. It's empty now & falling down, but had a good deal of original Darryl's artifacts.

The original Darryl's was in Raleigh, on Hillsborough St. I believe 15-501 was the second. The one & only Darryl's location still open today is in Greensboro.

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