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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Our World Tuesday: downtown Durham NC

Many of the older buildings in what used to be the Durham NC warehouse district are now office buildings.
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It's nice to see old building reused in a different way as opposed to being abandoned.
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The shot below is one I took in a nook of an inside stairwell.
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The photograph below which is inside a former tobacco warehouse renovated for offices shows what part of the downtown area looked like a long time ago. The cars are a clue it's not a recent photograph.
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I often photograph the house below which is next to an office building and is used as an office itself.
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It was already hot last week when I briefly wandered in the downtown Durham, NC park and garden shown below.
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I wanted to photograph the garden while it was still lush and green because the extreme heat wave will no doubt turn many of the plants brown soon.
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Starting on Friday we have been breaking record highs left and right.
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You see a lot of Bulls in downtown Durham in honor of the Durham Bulls baseball team. The bull below is a bike rack.
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The last shot is in honor of July 4 which is the U.S. Independence Day and I chose it for the red white and blue colors (not just on the flag).
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20 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

This is a great post. I love when old factories take on new purposes. Windows and landscaping make a huge difference. Thanks for this tour of your world.

Gillian Olson said...

Wow it is still hot where you are, great shots, love that vintage picture with the old cars. Happy 4th of July!

Naquillity said...

so good to see that old warehouse was turned into something useful. so many things to explore in your hometown. thanks for sharing a square of it with us. hope all is well~

Bubbling Arroyo said...

Old is gold and here it is a goldmine of pretty pictures.

aka Penelope said...

Lol … I like the bike rack. :) I totally agree about the older building being restored instead of abandoned. There is so much incredible potential in historic structures. Often they are move attractive than the newer designs when looked after. The pretty tile art in the corner adds a lot of charm to the brick backdrop!

Łucja-Maria said...

Your photos are lovely.
I love the buildings of brick. They are so natural.
Your photos are splendid decor.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of garden. I am glad old structures are maintained.

Gary said...

Great tour!! I agree recycle old buildings as I'm tired of chrome and glass. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Snap said...

I love seeing the old building reused ... getting tired of seeing everything torn down. Fun post to see a little of Durham.

Al said...

It looks like a nice area and your photos capture it nicely. I also like to see old buildings reused when possible, although I bet those buildings are a little dark inside due to the small windows.

Kim, USA said...

This building is beautiful. It would be a shame if this will be abandoned. ^_^

Kim, USA

Fun60 said...

It is great to see abandoned buildings being reused. I really liked the close up of the brickwork - such muted colours.

eileeninmd said...

Carver, lots of neat things to see there. I love the mosaic stand and the sunflower bench. And the bike rack is cool too. I agree it is wonderful that the old buildings are being re-cycled and used once again. Great post and photos.

CameraCruise said...

Great post.
Beautiful photos.
Thanks for sharing.

W. Latane Barton said...

Nice views of Durham. Hope you have a great 4th of July.

Sylvia K said...

Like the others, I think it is wonderful when new uses are found for old buildings! These are great! Wonderful tour of Durham, Carver! Happy 4th of July!! Have a great week1

Sylvia

Indrani said...

Lovely views. I liked the corner piece very much.

ladyfi said...

It looks hot!

Love the leafy paths and the well-kept buildings.

Arija said...

I too love old buildings rejuvenated to a new use. The house next door looks so inviting with a cool lemonade inn the chair in the shade.

Black Jack's Carol said...

So many photographs to admire here. i'm all for making use of older buildings rather than tearing them down. I think my favourite photo is the inside stairwell, but also loved the last colour coordinated red/white/blue one. Happy Independence Day!

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