At the end, they tried to give it away. Looking northeast, 1962. The Auto Gas and Storage being torn down (looking south from Chapel Hill St.) Southeast corner of Chapel Hill Street and Corcoran, ~1920. The market, however, was moved out of the building, relocating to the area between Corcoran, Morgan and Holland. Austin Lawrence Partners purchased the building from the Sturdivants for $5 million; the developer plans to restore it to a boutique hotel with rooftop pool, bar and lounge. Jack Tar: A Diner for Downtown Durham 11/27/2017 By magnoliawriting@gmail.com 3 Comments Durham restauranteur Gray Brooks, the owner of Pizzeria Toro and Littler , will soon be ready to reveal his latest project, Jack Tar and The Colonel’s Daughter – a diner-style restaurant and lounge. The remaining buildings on the corner of Corcoran and Chapel Hill St, encased by the Washington Duke Motel. (Courtesy Durham County Library). From Chapel Hill Street, looking west-southwest. The Washington Duke was, however, segregated up until the 1960s. A number of rooms at this hotel have no windows because when the hotel was opened in the 1960s as the Jack Tar Hotel, that was a popular option for lodgings. That was his best seller. Architecture has merit and WILL appeal to someone in the future - even if not for the original purpose. Standing 16 stories tall at a cost $1.8 million, it was one of the most impressive hotel structures of its era. bit.ly / jack tar (remove the spaces - the spam filter is rejecting my link) and also see the articles linked to in the "contents" box including a slideshow if pictures from inside. It is interesting that some elements of this motel are what constitutes good urban design - as you point out, first floor retail, built to the street, integrated parking behind the active facade. Total incentive: $7.7 million. Adjacent to the Jack Tar, two hotels are under construction, raising practical questions of whether downtown can handle another. I grew up in Durham and was bored stiff with the a, My grandfather worked night shift at the parking garage. (Courtesy Durham County Library). I saw the article about this in today's Herald-Sun. These buildings would survive a few more years, but by 1966, that window-walled morsel of goodness known as the Washington Duke Motel just had to be expanded. In 1924, the decision was made to build a new performance venue (the Durham Auditorium, now the Carolina theater) and to move the city hall into the former high school. George Watts Hill gets oddly reverential treatment in Preservation Society circles in Durham (with various awards named after him for big donors.) It was connected to the older hotel via a skybridge across Corcoran. I put together a little 'video' consisting of existing still frames of the hotel construction. Building from the corner of Corcoran and Chapel Hill Street. Durham's newest boutique hotel … The whole mess looks like something out of a J G Ballard novel. I'm not going to lie down in front of the bulldozer, but I think this is probably the kind of thing Durham's likely to demolish about 6 months before it becomes extremely cool. Though total removal of the motel would make way for some more residential or office space in the city center, it could still function as a motel. While the condition of this building is still poor, I've come to appreciate mid-century modern architecture a great deal more than I did when I wrote the above five years ago. The hotel trifecta of Durham’s city center has something for everyone. Ground floor retail, residential above, structured parking hiding behind are actually good design principles today. By the mid-1970s, the hotel was evidently no longer profitable and was no longer being used, pending needed repair work. As I recall it came down to not even being able to GIVE the building away, and it was costing them a fortune just to let it sit empty.". Jack Tar & The Colonel’s Daughter. The Indy did a feature on the building in July 2014; editor Lisa Sorg was kind enough to share her photos with this text: These are photos of the inside, exterior and parking garage at the Jack Tar motel, taken in July 2014. (Courtesy Durham County Library), Below, the Washington Duke in situ, soon after completion. Just after the turn of the century, the City decided to replace the scattered offices of the city along Main St. as well as the old city market that was supplanted by Union Station with a new, impressive municipal building known as the Academy of Music, which would be located between East Chapel Hill St., Corcoran, Market, and Parrish Sts. It is also interesting to note that the motel was built in stages. (Courtesy The Herald Sun). I've made another little 'movie' of a few still frames below. I believe the entire upstairs is vacant - definitely neither motel nor apartments. Warning, the below photo is very grim, but it depicts a scene that shows the centrality of the hotel to the city. The first few times we went were late night ventures, and I think this is one of the times that Jack Tar shines. The original east wall of the "Auto Gas Storage" building is still part of the Oprah structure. This building and the Hackney Block were torn down in the early 1960s to build the first stage of the Washington Duke Motel. (Courtesy Herald-Sun). Swimming pool at the Jack Tar, 09.08.63 When I first wrote this I didn't realize that the indentation in the frontage was for a roof deck pool (those pictures were added later. It's in ratty shape, but if its aluminum and window walls were shined up and the nasty curtains removed, I can picture some hip hanging out by the rooftop pool, overlooking the Bull. The Durham Hotel. 202 N Corcoran St Suite 100, Durham, NC 27701-3210 +1 919-682-5225 Website. Unscripted Hotel Durham Is Boutique At Its Best. I don't know if it functioned as a motel after the Washington Duke/Durham Hotel/Jack Tar Hotel went out of business, in the mid 1970s. It would be rad. (Courtesy Herald-Sun). Public meetings in the promotion of the city's interest also made use of the building a for a number of years the Elks' annual memorial services were held there. Note in particular the skybridge that connects the new motel with the Washington Duke Hotel, directly west across Corcoran. Notable structures surrounding it include (moving, roughly, left to right) the Temple building, the Trust Building, the Wright Corner, the old Post Office, and the Geer building It was replaced with a very similar building, dubbed the "New Academy of Music." Check-in was a breeze and we were able to "upgrade" to a room with a view. It's in ratty shape, but if its aluminum and window walls were shined up and the nasty curtains removed and window A/Cs removed, I can picture some hipsters hanging out by the rooftop pool, overlooking the Bull. Pretty cool for 1968! Durham The former Jack Tar Motor Lodge in downtown Durham will be rebranded as an Unscripted Hotel after its renovation is complete. But it's an awkward space. The walls remained upright immediately following the fire. Please see below for photos of the original Jack Tar Motel as well as photos of the new Unscripted Hotel Durham above. To me the worst design element of this building is the overhang of the upper floors - makes it look fat and top-heavy. The rest of the building is just an eyesore - not just because it's modern, but because of the top-heavy form, the cut-out on the main facade, the blank wall on Chapel Hill Street, etc. Academy of Music, looking northwest from W. Parrish and Corcoran. The back of the post office and the Trust Building are visible, and the front of the Jordan Building is visible at the end of Market St. New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/business/real-estate-hotel-boutique-m...) Photographer: Kate Medley. Completed in 1903-1904 at a cost of $52,000, it contained the offices of the city government and a market on the first floor (thus Market Street;) the second floor was "almost entirely taken up" by a performance hall, the remainder being devoted to a "small city auditorium.". In September, 1955, this building burned. Surreal and not very attractive. The staff at the hotel could not have been any nicer. Occasionally, the hotel was the site of tragedy as well. And unlike the Durham Centre tower, it has retail space beneath its parking deck. This roadway (which I like to call the Kalkhof Konnector) now splits the former Washington Duke site into two pieces, one of which has become part of the block directly to the east. Below, the walkway being taken down in preparation for demolition. The second project is developer Austin Lawrence Partners’ renovation of the former Jack Tar Motor Lodge. (Courtesy Duke Archives). The bandstand at Rotary Park was moved to Bennett Place, where it still stands. The 21c Museum Hotel is … It was imploded in 1975, and its loss was mourned by many in Durham. Just don't take the elevator down to the parking entry-level, at night for sure anyway, the glassed-in entry doors are locked and if you step out of the elevator and it closes behind you and you somehow can't recall the elevator or the power went out or whatever, you'd be trapped in there and have to break your way out through the glass walls. The first floor contains retail and offices. Drawing of the "Grand Central Garage" on East Chapel Hill St., 1919, The Washington Duke Hotel was built in 1924. The former Jack Tar Motor Lodge in Durham, North Carolina was renovated and reopened as the first property in the Dream Hotel Group's new Unscripted Hotels brand. Anyone that has gone furniture shoppping recently should recognize the value of mid-century modern... Are the 'Jack Tar' and the Oprah motel the same building ? This building is primarily Ronnie Sturdivant's homage to Oprah now. A low aerial shot looking north on Corcoran St. Please give me a call. "Walker, Raleigh Man, Leaps from the top of Washington Duke Hotel" - 12.26.52 (Herald-Sun) This is from the deck, ~2 stories up, looking east down West Parrish Street. 2008 Preservation Durham Ghost [building] Tour: Hotels and Movie Theaters. It was later referred to as simply the "Durham Hotel". Brad Bradsher, whose mother was the convention / sales manager for the hotel in the 1960s and 1970s told me about his experience of the hotel in that era: "I spent many an afternoon roaming around the halls in the early '70's. Local papers avidly reported the progress on construction of the hotel, such as the Durham Sun of March 29, 1925, which noted the interior work nearing completion. I don't know JG Ballard, but the building is certainly cringe-worthy. ", Academy of Music, 1907 I am not a fan of mid-century, but processed a bit, this could be a funky-cool-retro location that I could really buy into. Although this hotel is rather dated in appearance, I think it is every definitive part of Durham history. The Jack Tar is something different. I like to walk around late at night when I am down that way and taking the elevator up recently showed some notices posted for 'residents' that the electricity would be turned off for a few hours that week for some work being done. Looking south on Corcoran from East Chapel Hill. I'd like to be optimistic about it - and the prospect of a place to sit and enjoy treats from Locopops on Market St. this summer sounds good. I don't think this is the way to create public space - by chopping up space for roadways so as to move traffic more expeditiously and then primping the leftovers. The southeast corner of East Chapel Hill Street and Corcoran Street had consisted of three primary buildings. By the late 1960s, the remaining older structures on the southeast corner of Corcoran and East Chapel Hill would be demolished as well, and the Jack Tar Motel would expand to take up the entire block face between Parrish and Chapel Hill Streets, and a large portion of the block bounded by those two streets, Corcoran, and Orange Street. Jack Tar And The Colonel's Daughter nearby hotel search is centered on latitude 35.9965 & longitude -78.9010. (Courtesy Durham County Library). I feel pretty confident that the Jack Tar could be added to the downtown National Register district as a contributing structure at this point, and be eligible for historic tax credits. The more people I have talked to about growing up in Durham, the more I realize that this was one of those major life events that people remember with great clarity - just within the last month (May 2011) I've spoken to three people who were children at the time - all of whom remember with great detail where they were standing, what happened during, and what they did afterwards. I've seen hundreds of photos of group meetings, important speakers, dances, dinners, etc. Demolition, 02.17.66 I grew up in Durham and was bored stiff with the aluminum covering of significant structures (Bull Durham Factory) and vertical blinds that resembled solar collectors. What a fantastic site! It's now the Unscripted Hotel, after an extreme makeover of the 54-year-old former motel annex of the now-demolished Jack Tar Hotel on Corcoran Street. • 21C Museum blends a 125-room venue with a contemporary art museum, first-class spa and signature restaurant. The hotel also houses allday, a full-service grab-and-go coffee shop and restaurant, featuring Partner’s Coffee Roasters Estate, and the Patio, a seasonal rooftop pool that has a full-service restaurant and bar. (Courtesy Durham County Library). Operated by the Dream Hotel Group (DHG), the Jack Tar serves as the flagship of DHG’s newest brand – Unscripted. Thank god someone else thinks the road connection through there made no sense at all. It was later referred to as simply the "Durham Hotel". The two buildings with frontage on Chapel Hill Street were automobile service-oriented from the early 20th century. Jack Tar Hotel Renovation. Open now : 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM. 09.11.61- Preparing to building the motel across the street. This picture shows a street-level view of the southern building, likely 1915-1925, looking east from Corcoran St. By the 1940s, the 202-204 Corcoran St. building was home to the Vogue Furniture Store. They give the city a distinctive, Southern character, and are popular for reclamation and renovation. Free WiFi. With that outdoor pool space, the retail below, and the downtown location (not to mention the extant parking), it is a great opportunjity for a savvy developer who understands how cool (and profitable) mid-century architeture can be. Save. I kind of love that NIS proclaims ignorance that people were living in the Jack Tar. (Courtesy Durham County Library - Parnell), The downstairs bar (Courtesy Durham County Library - Parnell). (Courtesy Herald-Sun). The top of that wacky sloped parking rooftop thing is a great 'hidden' people-watching spot at night. (Courtesy Durham County Library), Inexplicably, the site became a longstanding surface parking lot, commonly referred to as "Bare Square." And the likeliest outcome is that this "eyesore" becomes yet another empty swath of dirt, brimming with development 'potential', but no developers. 4.0-star Hotel Class. The hotel was an icon - seemingly, among those I've spoken with, beloved by those who grew up here mid-20th century. I wonder whatever will become of this property. Looking west/southwest from Chapel Hill street. Dramatic plays and musical comedies were regular attractions, and for a number of years, the theatrical season was opened by the appearance of Al G. Fields Minstrel. As a part of the streetscape work, these spaces are being turned into a brick plaza. Somewhat shockingly, there is a move afoot to renovate the Jack Tar Motel. By the 1960s, the hotel had become the "Jack Tar Hotel" - evidently part of a chain. The best thing that I can say about it from a design perspective is that it has first floor retail (Blue Coffee, TJ Phat Wear), which is how we are trying to build parking garages now. To me, that just about sums up what's wrong with traditional preservation societies. Jane Ruffin. Take a breath... My grandfather worked night shift at the parking garage booth for a number of years, until his retirement somewhere around 1980. Its days were numbered. 829-4570. Architecture is NOT a 1973 rust-colored polyester leisure suit with tan stitching. Its wacky architecture speaks the language of the year it was built: 1962. Start here: The Oprah plea adds a surreal touch. The Jack Tar chain also built hotels or motor lodges in Durham, NC, Galveston, TX and Orange, TX, in the 1950s and 1960s. Formerly the Jack Tar Hotel that operated in the 1960s, Unscripted Durham offers 74 … You can see the remaining older commercial structure at the southeast corner of East Chapel Hill St. and Corcoran in this photo. The Bare Square remained a parking lot, owned by Oprah fan Ronnie Sturdivant, up until a couple of years ago. The fire was discovered by employees of the Durham Morning Herald, whose office was directly across Market St. Jack Tar Hotel (formerly Washington Duke Hotel) at … Claimed. There is no telling how many pounds of tomatoes that he sold during the years that he worked there. But it was Necessary. (Courtesy Duke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection - Wyatt Dixon Collection), Rear of the Building, looking south-southwest from East Chapel Hill St., 1907 Jim - they are. (Courtesy Durham County Library), Herald-Sun employees in Rotary Park - note the Academy of Music in the background. (Also an addition since 2006.). (Courtesy Durham County Library). Spiffed up, these structures can look very cool. Same old story. You can read the INDY Week story about the plans here. (Courtesy Herald-Sun), By 1963, the first stage of the Washington Duke Motel is complete. Ralph Rogers notes that it was the "Thomas Bookstore". Total city and county incentive: $1.2 million. Thanks. The automobile-oriented building on Chapel Hill Street (to the east of the corner building) likely provided some off-street parking for the hotel as well as gasoline. By 1956, Kimbrell's has been torn down and turned into a parking lot. I am an editor at The News & Observer. Thanks for such a wonderful resource and being a voice for good town planning. moved out of the building, relocating to the area between Corcoran, Morgan and Holland. The city commissioned architects Hook and Sawyer of Charlotte, who also executed the Southern Conservatory of Music and Fire Station #2, to design the structure. (Courtesy Durham County Library). (Courtesy The Herald-Sun), During construction Is it still a functioning Motel or is it apartments now? It is taken looking east, across Corcoran Street, and shows the detailed cornice and finials. (Courtesy Durham County Library). I rate the demolition of the Washington Duke Hotel as a tie (with Union Station) for the worst single-structure architectural/cultural loss for the city of Durham. The Bel-Air Motel in St. Louis is another good example. The Washington Duke Hotel was constructed on the site between 1924 and 1925. During the summer months that was a second source of income for him. A small tidbit I've noticed before - look at the alley on the east side of the building. A friend of a friend was in high school in Durham when this occurred, and made a movie of the event for school, which is below. The hotel … I loved the the homemade crullers (basically a churro-donut) with chantilly mascarpone and jam. If it wasn’t for the growing need for parking downtown, the old Jack Tar Motor Lodge wouldn’t be re-opening Wednesday as a swanky, mid-century modern hotel. (sorry for this annoying, cycling graphic - I'm having trouble getting YouTube to work for this one. Below, the streetscape after demolition. Looking northeast, 9/4/55. It exhibits many features of classic 1960s architecture, including the turquoise facade, flat roof, and ribbon windows. Durham is filled with the corpses of old brick buildings. Edward H. Hunt (1903-1966) served as the General Manager of the San Francisco Jack Tar Hotel in the early 1960s. ), Below, near the completion of construction, looking northwest from Corcoran St. For our debut property, Unscripted has planted its flag in Durham, North Carolina and given its historic location on 202 N Corcoran Street a second life as a vibrant, community-focused hospitality destination. As I said then, many of the design principles are solid here - hidden structured parking, ground floor retail, upper story residential. I cringe every time I look at that ugly "motel." Since then, Ronnie Sturdivant was murdered, and his wife controls the building. As previously noted in the post for the Washington Duke Motel, the owners had attempted to keep up with the motel era by demolishing the buildings across Corcoran St. to build a motel structure with a rooftop pool. Next to the Academy of Music (on the west side) was a city park; this was the original Rotary Park with its bandstand, which had been established in 1916 as the first public gift of the Rotarians. Escape to our winter wonderland and enjoy views of Downtown Durham, weekly entertainment and signature bites and libations in an al fresco culinary driven environment. (Courtesy Duke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection - Wyatt Dixon Collection). Looking south from East Chapel Hill St. and Market. Located underneath Unscripted—and as an homage to the old space—Jack Tar bears the name of the former motor lodge that the … Would you please give me a call? I am glad Bob Ashley and PD have this on their radar screen. Thanks for your comment. And whoever mentioned "surreal" in relation to the Oprah signage is right. You can read the INDY Week story about the plans here. In the spirit of the American diner, but tailored to modern tastes and flair, Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter opened Tuesday on the ground floor of … Chapel Hill Street was not the retail street that Main was, but had more service-oriented businesses. (Courtesy Durham County Library), Completed Washington Duke Motel, late 1960s Although I'd rather have what was there before, I think it's rather cool urban design for its time. (Courtesy Durham County Library) Attempting to compete in the motel era, the proprietors of the Jack Tar (nee Washington Duke) Hotel sought to expand with motel space, including an integrated parking garage and swimming pool. My great uncle (his brother-in-law) worked the day shift. In-and-of-itself, I think the window-wall design could have some good retro value (just updating the colors/painting the frames would help.) By Bijan Bayne Jan. 6th, 2020 ... (Durham is The Bull City), Jack Tar, and Littler. If that hypothetical building had the requisite first floor activity, it might create the kind of tight, active enclosure that feeds public spaces. I hadn't looked at Endangered Durham in a while and was blown away by the gorgeous new site. I agree - you could relax in your lounge chair and gaze out on the miles of brick beach below. ... Jack Tar, conveniently located below Unscripted, is open from 8 a.m. to midnight for drinks, snacks or full-service dining. It was designed by Stanhope S. Johnson of Lynchburg, VA. "\, From the CCB building, looking north. The building immediately to the east of the Hackney Block was the longtime home of Kimbrell's Furniture. A minimum food & beverage spend is required and based on party size. Wyatt Dixon relates: "The Academy played a major role in providing entertainment for hte people of the community. I empathize with a general hunger for development to continue downtown, but given that there's vacant land just to the south of this that's undeveloped, and plenty of other vacant land around, I don't really see that taking this out is prudent or necessary. Unscripted Durham is a hip spot in the former 1960s Jack Tar Hotel building. If it isn't, well, there's a lot of other planned new construction downtown that hasn't come out of the ground - not because developers aren't capable, but because the financing and tenants aren't there for it to make economic sense while we're still Recessing. That property is to be rebranded as the first Unscripted Hotel, a … 09.11.61 - looking southwest from East Chapel Hill St. A boutique hotel fit for rock stars and jetsetters, the Unscripted Hotel is a celebratory hub of creativity, with a rooftop pool as its irresistible centerpiece. Opened on October 21, 1925, the hotel quickly became a prime social and political center for the city. Stokes Hall, at Corcoran and West Main Sts., had provided both performance and meeting space prior to the construction of the Academy of Music (including courtroom space prior to the construction of the courthouse,) but no longer operated after the opening of the new building. (Courtesy Durham County Library), The main entrance - approximately 1950s. The impressive first floor was dampened by the decision to brick up the large windows - trying to give it that 'modern' look, I guess. Jack Tar is one of those sneaky Durham restaurants that you have to know when to visit. As its name implies, this boutique … (Courtesy Durham County Library). I'm not going to lie down in front of the bulldozer, but I think it's probably the kind of thing Durham's likely to demolish about 6 months before it becomes cool. In 1975, early one morning, the streets were closed and the hotel was imploded. New Academy of Music, 1910s This view from late 1955, looking northeast, show the entire corner, including the repeating cornice line of the two buildings as they wrap around the corner, and the burned-out Kimbrell's behind.

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