905 Cleveland

35.999939, -78.895454

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Local historic district
National Register
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Name: Hackney House
Built: ~1900
Demolished: Between 1980 and 1994


Close to Little Five Points, the Hackney House was the home of Robert P Hackney, who owned the "Durham Seed House" on West Parrish Street. The corner tower was a not-uncommon feature on these large houses, although few survive.
The house was demolished sometime between 1980 and 1994.

The land sat vacant until recently, when a new house was built on the vacant lot. Since this is a local historic district, plans for this house must have passed muster with the city Historic Preservation Commission. I'm glad it has a house on it instead of remaining a vacant lot, but it looks like suburbia with some awkward I-don't-really-want-to-add-this elements to me. The current building is owned by a California landlord.



Not the worst house I've ever seen, but it really doesn't fit in with the rest of the houses on the block--I do wonder how that got approved by the commission. And it pales in comparison to what preceded it. Though a house is indeed preferable to a vacant lot, as you said.

I wonder why, and when, the original house was demolished.

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