Discover Durham Walking Tour

111 Corcoran St.

Built in 1935, this 17-story skyscraper was commissioned by John Sprunt Hill. If the design looks familiar, it’s because the structure was designed by the same NYC architecture firm responsible for designing theEmpire State Building. Now home to a boutique museum and hotel featuring a free 24/7 art museum open to the public.

201 Corcoran St.

The Washington Duke Hotel once sat on the site of what is now known as CCB Plaza. Named for the former Central Carolina Bank (now Truist),the plaza’s focus is a life-sized, one-ton bronze bull namedMajor. The bull is the legacyemblem for Durham. Major was commissioned by the City of Durham and named for George“Major” Watts Hill. Be sure to rub the bull horns for good luck.

315 E. Chapel Hill St.

Former Home Savings Bank turned boutique hotel known for its art deco vibe, downstairs coffee bar and rooftop bar whichboasts one of the best views for sunsets in the city.

Located in the original 1908headquarters of Durham-founded Mechanic andFarmers Bank. Developed asa commemorative exhibit that honors the legacy of African American entrepreneurs and businesses, the building now also serves as an event space.

Three buildings converted intoa mixed-use complex including the 1904 fire station that is now a pizza restaurant and Wright Building, known formerly as Roger’s Pharmacy.

215 N Church St.

1924 Gothic revival church noted for its wood carvings, this was the second church established in Durham.

215 N Church Street

The original Trinity Methodist Church, destroyed by fire in 1923.

The original First Presbyterian Church, which was demolished in 1916 to build a new church that could better accommodate its congregation.

201 W. Pettigrew Street

The 1874 Italianate-style brick tobacco warehouse is now apartments and more. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The bull comes from William T. Blackwell’s brand of Genuine Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco.

307 W. Main Street

1925 Georgian revivial commissioned by John Sprunt Hill. Originally the Armory, this building was one of the earliest built masonry structures in what is now downtown’s core.

120 Morris Street

Formerly 1906 Central High School and later City Hall. This 52,000-square-foot arts center has a performance space, galleries and meeting rooms.

309 W. Morgan Street

Renovated 1926 Beaux-Arts style theatre housing touring acts, live performances and cinemas for arts, films and festivals. It was also the site of civil rights protests in the early1960s, now documented inside the theatre's “Confronting Change” exhibit.

212 Foster Street

Originally built as Durham’s National Guard unit headquarters. It also served as the original Civic Center from the late 1950s to 1989. Pop culture enthusiasts will recognize it as the backdrop of the Ernie Barnes painting, “The Sugar Shack.” The painting is inspired by Barnes’ childhood memory of sneaking into the Armory when it was a dance hall.

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