212 Foster St. - Holland Furniture Co.

35.997467, -78.901436

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Year demolished
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212 Foster Street was located just north of the Durham Armory on Foster St. By the 1920s, it housed the Holland Furniture Company.

Looking east, Foster St. in the foreground.
(Courtesy Duke Archives)

Looking northeast, 1940s.
(Courtesy Duke Archives)


10.31.60 (Courtesy Herald-Sun)


10.31.60 (Courtesy Herald-Sun)

After the Kimbrell's Furniture Building on West Parrish St. burned, Kimbrell's moved here.

212 Foster St., 03.16.61
(Courtesy Herald-Sun)


Looking down Holland Street at the rear of the building (during construction of the Holland Street Mall)

(Courtesy Herald-Sun)


Another look at the back (Holland Street) side of the building.)

By the 1970s, Kimbrell's had moved to 101-107 West Chapel Hill St.

By the 1980s, when many of the surrounding buildings had been torn down via urban renewal, this building was still around, albeit with bricked up windows and faded remnants of the Kimbrell's signage.

Looking east from Roney St.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

I'm presuming that it was torn down as part of the Omni/Convention center grand plan, in order to provide more parking. It remains a (city) surface parking lot today.

Looking east from Foster, 2007


Thank you for the neat photos. An actual Holland Company dresser was handed down to me recently. Love the overall look of it and the detailed hardware. The body of it is still in fair shape, and I hope to keep it for some time to come.

I have a complete bedroom set (curly maple) made by them, parents bedroom set from circa 1928, decent shape, looking for more info on their furniture. towacoed@optonline.net

Holland Furniture Co. was owned by my geat, great uncles Cary T. and Deck Holland, born in Durham in the early 1870's. Their great grandfather Richard Holland was born in the Durham, Holly Springs area in 1750. Cary never married but his sister, Hattie married Robert L. Gattis and they had my grandmother Margie. Cary and Deck ware very generous with their funriture and I rememebr as a young boy visiting him at the Hillhaven Nursing Home. He die at the age of 99. Mark Bonner


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