Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Historic Service Stations

Bob Chapman’s plans to restore a second, historic service station is so “Durham.”  This time its the cool, old Gulf Station that sits diagonally across the corner of Geer and Fostergulf_fostergeer_SE_1952 (click photo for background on the building on the blog “Endangered Durham.”

This cross roads at the north edge of Downtown’s Central Park District is also home to:

  • Stone Bros. & Byrd, a cool retro, country store and garden center
  • Historic Durham Athletic Park where the movie “Bull Durham” was filmed,
  • King’s Sandwich Stand (under renovation) still Hollywood producer Thom Mount’s favorite,
  • Durham County Cooperative Extension Office
  • … a charter school, some cool condos, a park and a historic grade school now used by TROSA.

The area has what experts call optimal serendipity…and a term that sums up much of Durham’s unique sense of place…more on that later.

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