(Courtesy Duke Archives)
The buildings along the west side of the 200 block of North Church St. are a very-well preserved block of early 20th century structures. The Hicks building, on the northwest corner of North Church and East Parrish, and its immediate 3 neighbors to the north were constructed around 1910. 209-211 North Church, at the northern end of the row, was constructed somewhat later, likely during the early 1920s.
The Hicks Building housed the May and Page grocers; 203, with beautifuly corbelled brick, housed Piedmont Furnitue; 205 housed the Model Cleaners; 207 housed the Durham Laundry. I believe that 209 also housed the Durham Laundry, and later, the Dillon Supply Co.
The row of buildings in the early 1970s.
The Hicks building, 1977.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)
The 200 block of North Church St., 2007.
These buildings are a great cluster of contiguous historic structures - they are just too isolated with the desolate landscape to the east and southeast. Some great renovation has happened here over the past few years, though - notably at 209-211, at the north end of the block - a really impressive interior re-do.
Looking southwest, 2007.