May 09, 2009
We Want Oprah to be Sipping Drinks by the Pool, Waving to Friends in the Plaza
Meanwhile, the old Washington Duke / Jack Tar Motel remains mostly in rot. Blue Coffee is the standout tenant. A few others pay rent and the parking deck gets a dozen or so fares each day. What a waste. What a drain on Durham's energy. On this, all agree.
But I'll go minority voice with a followup: I think it's an excellent (and rare) good example of 1960s-modern commercial architecture in Durham. Clean it up and take away the air conditioning units, and you'd have a very hip collection of hotel rooms or urban apartments. Of course, I'm sure that whoever owns the building (Hank Scherich and the Sturdivant heirs perhaps?) has plans that start with "tear it down". But I can dream, can't I?
Imagine summertime drinks by the pool, waving to friends in the plaza... Did you even know they had a pool?
- Parrish and Corcoran - NE / Hackney Block / Jack Tar Motel, Endangered Durham (with pix of the pool in use)
- Ronnie Sturdivant's Legacy of Unrealized Plans, Independent Weekly
- Sources: Man Charged in Death of Durham Businessman Was His Tenant, WRAL
- We Want Oprah... To Bring Her Bulldozer, Bull City Rising
- Site's Savior is No Oprah, News & Observer
Pardon the craptastic photos. It was grey day and even it wasn't, my Blackberry camera sucks eggs.
In Tucson, there is a similar vintage motel that the University of Arizona converted a combination of student housing, auxillary offices, and a handful of small classrooms. I always had a strange mixture of envy and sympathy for anyone whose office looked out over the pool (which was regularly surrounded by co-eds...)
Posted by: B | May 11, 2009 8:55:36 AM
There's a POOL back there?! I hear ya about the 60's look, but I think I'd go for the tear down...
Posted by: Sandy | Jan 26, 2010 8:52:25 PM