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If it's spring, it's neighborhood home tour season: Golden Belt, Duke Park, Cleveland-Holloway gear up

Two of east-central Durham's revitalizing neighborhood areas are throwing their figurative and literal doors open for home tours in the coming weeks, while a third central Durham neighborhood will be the focal point for one of Preservation Durham's biggest annual fundraisers.

Five or six years ago, the Cleveland-Holloway and Golden Belt neighborhoods didn't have home tours, and weren't even widely recognizable names; for that matter, Golden Belt then referred to a deserted factory complex, not an arts-themed residential, office and studio complex.

Now both are planning home tours; for Golden Belt, it'll be its first such confab, while this is the fourth year for Cleveland-Holloway.  (Golden Belt's near neighbor, the Old East Durham area, has also been holding home tours for a few years now.)

Golden Belt's tour is set for tomorrow, Sunday, May 1 from 1pm to 5pm.  Eight properties are on the tour, ranging from completely-restored houses to homes available for sale and their own transformation, to a loft apartment in the onetime Golden Belt factory itself. The neighborhood is calling it a "Before and After" tour, given the range of complete and incomplete properties available for a look-see.

Tickets are $10 day-of or $5 in advance; the Regulator, Bikram Yoga Durham and Labour Love Gallery are all listed as ticketing locations, though we're not sure the Saturday hours of the three ticket venues. You can purchase day-of tickets at a ticket table on Belt St., across from Bikram Yoga outside the Golden Belt complex. More information is available at the neighborhood association's web site.

All proceeds benefit the GPNA -- itself a new addition to the pantheon of opt-in non-profits that serve to socialize and mobilize communities outside the classic subdivision-and-HOA boundaries that newer neighborhoods have.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland-Holloway neighborhood has announced its own tour, along with a moniker calling the neighborhood "Durham's Front Porch."

Their tour, set for Saturday June 4 from 10am until 2pm, will kick off at Oakwood Park at the corner of Holloway and Oakwood/Dillard. There'll be food trucks there and plenty of houses to view throughout the neighborhood, which has seen a spate of renovations and new neighbors in recent years.

A $5 donation is appreciated, the organizers say. (See this November story at BCR for coverage of the last C-H tour in fall 2010.)

On the historic preservation front, Preservation Durham is hosting their fifteenth annual Old Durham Home Tour, an annual fundraiser for the organization and a chance to see homes in a range of Durham's core neighborhoods.

The society rotates their tour throughout Durham's various neighborhoods, and this year is making a stop in Duke Park. Subdivided in the early 1900s and benefitting from a Depression-era Works Progress Administration project under FDR that created a beautiful city park and pool, the neighborhood now runs between I-85 on its north end and roughly the Duke Beltline old rail corridor to its south, where the 'hood abuts Old North Durham.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day-off, and are available from preservationdurham.org or a range of local businesses throughout the Triangle, including the Regulator, Morgan Imports, Fullsteam Brewery and Common Ground here in Durham.


John Martin

"the Regulator, Bikram Yoga Durham and Labour Love Gallery are all listed as ticketing locations, though we're not sure the Saturday hours of the three ticket venues."

The Regulator is open until 9 p.m. tonight. Tickets should be available until about 8:30 or so. Bikram Yoga Durham and Labour Love Gallery are both open today and tickets should be available there until around 5:30.

Tomorrow should be a gorgeous day. Please come.

Also a personal note: many people have contributed to the revitalization of Golden Belt, but none more so than Gary Kueber of Endangereddurham.blogspot.com and Scientific Properties. Gary will personally be showing the Golden Belt loft that is on the tour. So come by and thank him for all that he's done for Durham.


The home was purchased from Rebori by Lillian Florsheim, the shoe heiress and sculptor, in 1946. She lived there and, later, commissioned her son-in-law Bertrand Goldberg (who designed Marina Towers) to connect the 2 buildings with a fantastic bridge kitchen.

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