Gross Point Lighthouse

The Gross Point Lighthouse in northern Evanston IL was built in 1873. For well over a century it has helpled ensure the safety of waterborne traffic and has acted as a vital link in connecting the Great Lakes with the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Seaboard. It still contains the original second-order Fresnel lens, the largest on the Great Lakes. It is seen here in a 1906 photo.



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Bahai House of Worshop

Located in Wilmette one mile north of the Gross Point Lighthouse and on the same street, the Bahai House of Worship was started in 1921 but not dedicated until 1953. Construction of the beautiful nine-sided structure was delayed by the Great Depression and then World War II. It is seen here under construction in a 1930 photo and enclosed but not finished in a 1930′s postcard.


The Baja's Temple Wilmette


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Located in Durham NC, Greystone was built in 1911 and is seen here in a 1915 photograph. After fifty years as a residence, it was converterd to apartments and offices in 1961. Restored in 1998, it is now a reception hall and inn.



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Hill House

Hill House was built in 1910 by John Sprunt Hill, a prominant banker whose company occupied his namesake building (now known as Sun Trust Building).When he died in 1961 he donated Hill House for use only by non-secterian, non-political female organizations. The first photo was taken in 1915.




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Hill Building

The Hill Building was built in 1937 and is seen here in that year. It had the same architect as the Empire State Building. It was sold in 2012 to a company planning to convert it to a boutique hotel.




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Duke Chapel

Duke Chapel was completed in 1932 and is seen here in pictures from that year and 1940. It sits at the center of Duke University and is on the highest ridge of the West Campus.DukeChapel_const1_1932




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Main Street

This is a 1909 postcard showing Main St. Durham at the intersection with Corcoran. Much of the historical information for this month and next month comes from,  which is nothing less than spectacular with its impressive photos  as well as  thoroughly researched text. For your convenience you can even find on maps the locations of an incredibly large number of sites.



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Five Points

Five Points was the center of commercial activity during the 1910s and 20s. The flatiron building in the picture housed a drug store until the building burned and was demolished in 1929. To this day, the land remains vacant. The first photo is from 1917, the second was taken in the 1920s and the third is from 1947.


5Points 1920s



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Citizens National Bank

The Citizens National Bank was built in 1911 and is seen here in a photo from the 1930s. Following a merger, it moved to the Hill Building (to be seen next month) in 1970, and the building was convereted to law offices. Unfortunately the arched, multi-panelled windows were replaced with stone. Currently unoccupied.




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Bull Durham Plant

The Bull Durham Plant was built in 1874 and remains to this day the oldest building in downtown Durham. American Tobacco ceased operations in 1987, and the facility remained vacant until a three-year renovation began in 2005. Now known as A.T. Campus, it hosts concerts and art exhibits and has numerous restaurants and other mercantile operations. Located next to Durham Performing Arts Center and Bull Durham Triple A baseball, it is a great entertainment venue. The first two pictures date back to 1905 and 1910, respectively, while the third is from the 1940s.






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