THE DURHAM NEWS: “DDP move jeopardizes ‘Mad-Men’-era headquarters”

By Jim Wise

mid-century modern building

The exterior of the Durham Police Department on West Chapel Hill Street displays the Modernist architectural style.

 — City plans to move the Police Department imperils the current headquarters on Chapel Hill Street, according to Preservation Durham and George Smart, founder of [North Carolina] Modernist Houses preservation group.

One idea on the table is to demolish the existing 1950s building and build anew on the site; others are to sell it to help pay for a new police HQ elsewhere. A new owner might also tear it down, or make drastic changes to its appearance.

“I hope that don’t just throw it to the wind and see what happens,” Smart said.

“With all the interest in (the TV series) “Mad Men” and in mid-century that’s coming around right now this is just a great example of that kind of architecture. And it could be stunning,” Preservation Durham Executive Director Wendy Hillis said. READ MORE…


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