Durham County

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Durham

Durham County is named for the City of Durham which was named after Dr. Bartlett Snipes Durham, who donated the land on which the railroad station was   located.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Person County

E – Granville County and Wake County

S – Wake County and Chatham County

W – Orange County

 

Created:  February 28, 1881                  Map of North Carolina highlighting Durham County

County Seat: 

Durham  1881 – present

 

County Courthouse – Durham 

 

Location:  510 South Dillard Street / Manguim Street

Built:  2011 – 2013

Style:  Modern

Architect:  O’Brien/Atkins Associates

Contractor:  Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a nine story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on the edge of a slope in the center of Durham. The windows are vertical with panels between, The roof line is flat.

 

Old County Courthouse – Durham 

 

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Location:  200 East Main Street / Roxboro Street

Built:  1916 – 1917

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Milburn and Heister

Contractor:  George A Fuller Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story Indiana limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Durham and is rectangular in shape. The building is located in the center of Durham. The north front has three central arches with solid bronze doors and above are small balconies on the second story. The windows are slightly recessed with vertical pilasters with Corinthian capitals between. A wide cornice runs along the flat roof line. During construction of the building, the supervisor was T Y Milburn.

 

See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.

 

History:  The first courthouse in 1881 was Stokes Hall on the northeast corner of Corcoran Street and West Main Street. The second courthouse was designed by Bryon A Pugin and constructed by Charles N North in 1885. The third courthouse was constructed in 1916 to 1917. The Judicial Building was constructed in 1978 to 1979. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 2011 to 2013.

 

County Administration Building – Durham 

 

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Location:  201 East Main Street / Roxboro Street

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Archie Royal Davis and Balfour, Hackney

Contractor:  W J Megin Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Durham on the north side of the old courthouse. The first story is recessed with narrow vertical windows. The upper stories have large vertical glass panels with vertical concrete dividers. The top floor is recessed and has small windows. The building was formerly the County Judicial Building.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Durham

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Durham

 

 

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County Administration Building – Durham

 

 

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Photos taken 2012