AUTOMOBILIA

AUTOMOBILIA


A tour of automobile related sites such as filling/gas/service stations, dealerships, repair shops, roads/highways, bridges, and etc.

105 W. CORBIN ST. - SINCLAIR STATION

105
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Hillsborough
NC
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Built in
1929-1938
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Circa 1950
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2003
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105
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Hillsborough
NC
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Circa 1950
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2003
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08.08.2016 (G. Kueber)

(Below in italics is from the National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)

The one-story, Mission Revival-style gas station sits diagonally on the lot facing the corner of N. Churton and W. Corbin streets (and formerly had a North Churton Street address). It is of stuccoed masonry construction with a flat roof. A garage bay on the left (southeast) end of the façade and storefront on the right (northwest) end of the façade have replacement, metal-framed storefronts and a parapet-roofed porte-cochere on the right end of the façade has recessed sign panels and replacement Spanish-style terra cotta tiles on the parapet. The building has been extensively renovated and, in addition to the modern storefronts, has a massive two-story, brick rear addition with a stuccoed foundation that overwhelms the original structure and renders it non-contributing. The rear wing has a parapet roof with scalloped metal that mimics the terra cotta tile on the original structure. It has a brick watertable, pilasters at the corners of the building that extend above the roofline, fixed windows, and an exterior metal stair at the rear. The gas station was constructed in the late 1930s and the addition was constructed in 2003.

I'm again not sure about the decision to deem this building non-contributing, but it's more borderline to me than some of the other odd choices. Kudos to the developer for preserving the station with masonry and roof showing high fidelity with the original - however, the landscaping directly obscuring the facade, the smoked glass 1980s-1990s plate windows and the scale of the addition detract from the character of the original. Overall, it seems to have been remodeled to be a fairly unused side/front porch for the building behind it, rather than a focal entry/storefront.

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200 N. CHURTON ST. - ESSO STATION

200
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Hillsborough
NC
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Built in
Circa 1929
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Circa 1956, 1988
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200
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Hillsborough
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
Circa 1929
/ Modified in
Circa 1956, 1988
Architectural style: 
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Built circa 1929 by/for the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (a.k.a. Esso). It became an Exxon station (as Standard became Exxon after a merger in 1972) circa 1977.

Corner of Churton and Tryon, looking northeast - 1937 (photomerged stills from H. Lee Waters film held by NC Archives)

1943 Sanborn map excerpt, showing the original filling and service station

The original filling and service station was demolished circa 1955 to make way for a new gas station. The circa 1956 gas station structure was modified in 1988 with a gambrel roof second story.

 

Via Google Maps/street view

 

References:
 
Orange County Deed book 89, page 391 (1929)
Deed book 257, page 831 (1975)
Deed book 1983, page 356 (1999)

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114 W. CORBIN ST.

114
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Hillsborough
NC
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circa 1938
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114
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Hillsborough
NC
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circa 1938
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From Images of America: Hillsborough; original photo from Margaret Whitted.

 

Built as a gas station circa 1938; sits on the corner of West Corbin and McAdams - McAdams was once the "Prospect Hill Road" that extended north of town, before construction of the Churton/86 extension north of Corbin. (Labelled "New Danville Road" below, which later became Highway 14, it did not exist in 1924.) Highway 70 was constructed between 1927 and 1936, which shifted the traffic pattern from the earlier highway (Highway 10) that went through Hillsborough north on Churton then west on King Street to now heading west out of town on North (now Corbin) Street.

The property sold to to the Eagle Oil Company in 1937 (OC Deed book 107, page 44, 202). However, "pumps, tanks, and compressors" are mentioned in 1920s deeds, and a store stood at this location in 1924 according to the Sanborn map.
 
Part of a larger property was sold by the Eagle Oil Company in September 1938 to Paul J. Reeves (OCDB 108-412). This is the lot that the gas station is located on.
 
From March to September 1946, the Reeves Motor Company operated on this and adjoining lots. Paul J. Reeves and E. P. Sykes were partners in the business. In September 1946, the company was renamed the E. P. Sykes Motor Company. A 1949 Orange County court case details some of the issues that arose from this partnership over control and money, which went to the State Supreme Court.
 
The Eagle Oil Company was a local business, founded in Mebane in 1921, and was a distributor of Texaco products.

08.08.2016 (G. Kueber)

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BLACKWOOD GAS STATION

6121
,
Chapel Hill
NC
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Built in
1957
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6121
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Chapel Hill
NC
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1957
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March 2016

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6325 EFLAND-CEDAR GROVE RD.

6325
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Orange County
NC
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Built in
1920-1935
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This crossroads was known as "McDade"

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6325
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Orange County
NC
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1920-1935
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07.23.2016 (G. Kueber)

 

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7403 NC 86

7403
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Orange County
NC
Built in
1930-1950
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7403
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Orange County
NC
Built in
1930-1950
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07.23.2016 (G. Kueber)

 

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STORE - NC86 AND MCDADE STORE ROAD

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Orange County
NC
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Built in
1910-1925
/ Demolished in
1939-2000
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1910-1925
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07.04.1939 (Dorothea Lange via Library of Congress)

Caption from photo:

"Rural filling station becomes community center and general grounds for loafing. The men in baseball suits are on a local team which will play a game nearby. The team is called the Cedargrove Team. Fourth of July, Near Chapel Hill, North Carolina"

Dorothea Lange didn't photograph many places in North Carolina, but she 6 photos of the baseball team at this store, showing her typical gift for making iconic images.

This store is often confused with the Oliver / Pender store in Cedar Grove, which is a different place; the store photographed by Lange is no longer standing in 2016.

07.04.1939 (Dorothea Lange via Library of Congress)

Caption from photo:

"Fourth of July, near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rural filling stations become community centers and general loafing grounds. The men in the baseball suits are on a local team which will play a game nearby. They are called the Cedargrove Team"

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136-138 N. CHURTON ST.

138
,
Hillsborough
NC
Built in
1924
/ Modified in
1950
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138
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Hillsborough
NC
Built in
1924
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1950
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138 N. Churton at the right backround - 1939 (H. Lee Waters / State Archives)

Constructed as a gas station and garage, this low, one-story building is dominated by the projecting, front-gabled structure that originally sheltered pumps. The front-gabled concrete-block building is six bays wide and six bays deep with a brick pier foundation with brick curtain wall, a metal roof, and brick veneer on the façade. A c. 1950 parapet-roofed concrete-block wing projects from the on the right (south) elevation, flush with the facade. Storefront windows are modern replacements with a single panel above each fixed window. There is a nine-light-over-two-panel door with transom near the left (north) end of the façade and a one-light- over-one-panel door near the center. It has fiber-cement siding and one-over-one windows on the side and rear elevations with industrial metal windows at the basement level. There is an overhead garage door and a single pedestrian door at the basement level of the rear (east) elevation. The projecting front-gabled canopy is supported by full-height brick piers with recessed panels. The parapet-roofed wing is three bays wide and single-pile with a hipped metal pent roof across the façade that shelters the modern storefront windows and entrance. According to Bellinger, the building was constructed in 1924. The addition was completed after 1943.

The nomination doesn't mention that the service station originally had a 'false' facade giving the gable roofed front a squared appearance. And although this building is (correctly) deemed a contributing structure to the National Register district, it points to the fallacy of (and inconsistency in) deeming buildings non-contributing due to superficial facade changes. This building has had its entire original facade removed, but it is still contributing - is that because of its relative attractiveness without the original facade, or because the nominator didn't know that this building had had its facade removed. Either way, it's all pretty arbitrary, and yet consequential re: a building's eligibility for tax credits.

08.08.2016 (G. Kueber)

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Esso station, 1937Esso station, 1943Lloyd's Esso station 1940 ad

200 S. CHURTON ST.

200
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Hillsborough
NC
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1932
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200
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Hillsborough
NC
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1932
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Esso station, 1937

Lloyd's Esso station, far right, view north west, 1937 (H. Lee Waters)

Esso station, 1943

Lloyd's Esso station, 1943 (Sanborn map excerpt)

Lloyd's Esso station 1940 ad

Lloyd's Esso Service, 1940 yearbook ad

Structure is in right background; photo excerpt from February 22, 1956 (photo by Roland Giduz, via UNC)

 

07.02.2016 (G. Kueber)

(Below in italics is from the National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)

Strum's Gas Station:

This one-story, parapet-roofed Spanish Mission-style gas station is three bays wide and two bays deep with a stuccoed exterior on a low painted brick knee wall. Molded stuccoed pilasters extend above the roofline on the corners of the building and between the garage bays and storefront on the façade and there is a pent roof with green barrel tiles on the façade and the side elevations. The left two bays have replacement overhead garage doors and a replacement storefront on the right bay has a one-light-over-one-panel door with one-light transom flanked by plate-glass display windows. There are display windows and a five-panel door on the right elevation and three fixed windows and a paneled door sheltered by a fabric awning on the rear (west) elevation. Bellinger dates this building to 1932 and the building appears as a “filling station” on the 1943 Sanborn map.

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(JOHN) BROWN'S STORE / HOLLOW ROCK STORE

682
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Durham
NC
Built in
1920-1930
/ Modified in
1972
,
2000
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The original Hollow Rock store was moved to save it from demolition, and will likely be moved back to the new Durham-Orange New Hope Park

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682
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Durham
NC
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1920-1930
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1972
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2000
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Brown's Store, looking east, 1945; painting by Kenneth Harris (image courtesy of Orange County DEAPR)

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Brown's Store, c. 1972

(Courtesy of and copyright by Steve Heron)

From the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee's website:

The Hollow Rock Store graced the banks of the New Hope Creek at Erwin Road from about 1930 until 1999. It had two incarnations. The first store, shown in this 1972 photograph, was built and owned by John Ransom Whitfield. John Brown rented the store from Whitfield and operated it for nearly 40 years. The store sold groceries and gas, and served as a polling place on election days, in addition to being a significant community gathering place.

In the mid-1960s, there were musical gatherings at the store on Friday nights after closing time. Among other local musicians, the lineup sometimes included banjo player Tommy Thompson, later of the Red Clay Ramblers. Tommy and his wife were part of a band known as the Hollow Rock String Band before the Red Clay Ramblers were formed.Tommy wrote about his time playing at the Hollow Rock:

"[My wife] Bobbie and I bought our gasoline and notions from John Brown at the Hollow Rock Grocery on Erwin Road at New Hope Creek.  John was a soft-spoken gentleman, probably about as old as our century.  He would gladly note down your "box spaghetti" and five gallons of regular, and you didn't have to pay till Saturday.   Sometime after he knew us well enough to extend this trust, he also told us about the music gatherings at the store on Friday nights after closing."

 "I can't remember for sure when we first attended, but it was probably in the winter of '64 and '65.  There were two or three standers around that night, one guitar player who knew pretty much when to hit the chords but not which, and another who was a good country strummer and fine singer.  His name was Tom Turner.  John was a fiddler and banjo player, but too shy to be heard in a crowd.  He was the first person besides myself I'd ever seen "frail" a banjo. His playing didn't sound like mine, or even look like what I'd been learning from Seeger's book.  John called his method "knocking" the banjo, and he hadn't learned it from any book.  He wasn't familiar with the term "frailing."  That was my first lesson in regional and individual stylistics.  I've since heard that peculiar way of sounding the strings (i.e., with the back of one's fingernail), called flailing, rapping, downpicking, clawhammer, and "that old clubfisted way."  Not only do the terms vary from place to place and person to person, but so, to a degree, do the method and the sound.  Seeger had adapted his method from a banjo man in eastern Kentucky."

    "The Hollow Rock Grocery was the kind of store you could stand in the middle of and reach all merchandise.  Bobbie and I became regulars, and one night when a few extra listeners dropped in, the little store began to bulge.  We offered to move the whole shebang to our house, and thus initiated a weekly event to rival in cumulative attendance any secular gathering in the history of Durham County except sports.  By the summer of '66, it would be common to have 150 people in and around our house on any given Friday.  And the party went around the year.  Every Friday night except Christmas, Easter, and any major fiddler's convention weekend."

  "Most of the locals dropped out early on.  I think they were put off by an untraditional household where the woman held a job and went to work, the man wore canvas shoes and went to school, and drinking was permitted indoors.  But Tom Turner stuck with us.  He was a winning singer with a seemingly endless repertoire of bluegrass and country songs.  Bobbie and I had pretty much figured out harmony singing, and the three of us would stand in the living room and sing everything Tom had the patience to teach us.  He usually brought along his son Jerry and sometimes a slim, shy fellow with tattoos who worked in the "powder room" at the BC plant.  He was a wonderful singer, and I wish I could remember his name.  When he joined us, I'd drop down and sing bass, and we had four-part harmony.  I was still working on bluegrass banjo at the time, though it was a pretty blunt instrument in my hands.  At least it gave us one melody instrument, and we all pretended it sounded OK and made us into a band.  We'd practice on Sunday afternoons and then play what we'd learned for fun on Friday nights.  There were always a few people around to listen, and I was having the time of my life.  The fireplace had a built-in mirror over the mantle, and I used to sneak glances just to see how much we looked like a band."

 

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Old Brown's Store with new store under construction to the rear, c. 1972

(Courtesy of and copyright by Steve Heron)

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Linwood Crabtree, 1972

(Courtesy of and copyright by Steve Heron)

In this 1972 photo, Linwood Crabtree (right) makes himself at home at the store, enjoying a neighborly conversation. New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee member Bill Olive remembers sleeping in that store one damp night in 1931, when he was just a boy. Bill's family had gone camping on a rock near the creek. When it started pouring rain, they went to the store and John Brown took pity on them and agreed to let them sleep on the floor until morning. Around 1969, John Ransom Whitfield's son (John Glenn Whitfield) and grandson (Stanford Whitfield) took over operation of the store.

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Stan and Sue Whitfield, 1972

(Courtesy of and copyright by Steve Heron)

The Whitfields soon decided they needed more space and announced plans in 1972 to tear down the old store and build a new one. Hollow Rock patron Jan Gregg told them she'd like to use the old store as her pottery studio. The Whitfields agreed and Gregg had the store moved to her nearby property. It served as her studio for nearly 20 years, and was used for storage after that. 

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Old Brown's Store from the bridge, with new store under construction to the rear, c. 1972

(Courtesy of and copyright by Steve Heron)

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Tony Bennett and Walter Mac Stone Jr., with Stan Whitfield in the background, 1972

(Courtesy of and copyright by Steve Heron)

When DOT made the decision to replace the adjacent bridge in the 1990s, the (replacement) Hollow Rock store was deemed obstrcutive to that progress and torn down.

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02.24.00
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

 In 2006, the location of the old store came to the attention of local activists working to establish the New Hope Preserve, which will have a major access point at the site of the Hollow Rock store. Local activists have begun talking to Jan Gregg about having the store moved back to (or near) its old site, to serve as a focal point of the preserve. 

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Laws Store, 1891Laws, 1955 aerialLaws gas station, 1993

LAWS' STORE

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Hurdle Mills
NC
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Hurdle Mills
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Laws' Store (a.k.a. Laws' Crossroads) was located in north-eastern Cedar Grove Township, almost on the Person County line. It was named for James Laws, Jr.'s general store on the Hillsboro to Gordonton/Leasburg Road (at the intersection of present-day Wilkerson/Wheeler's Church Road and Hurdle Mills Road).
 
Laws Store, 1891
Laws' post office and store, 1891 Tate map excerpt
 
Laws' store, 1918 soil map excerpt
 
Laws initially purchased the property in September 1878.  A post office was in the store operated by Laws, beginning in December 1881. James Laws, Jr. was a farmer in addition to his operating the store. 
 
Laws, 1955 aerial
Laws house and store, 1955 aerial photograph excerpt (north is up)
 
In February 1905, the post office was discontinued, with mail service transferred to nearby Hurdle Mills (a small community to the east in Person County).  Circa 1910, deed records refer to the "Store house lot" and the "Store lot."  
 
In the 1920s, a gas station was built across the road from the site of the original Laws' general store.
 
Laws gas station, 1993
Laws store gas station, 1993 (courtesy Orange County DEAPR and Peter Sandbeck)
 
James Laws, Jr. died in January 1929, and is buried at Walnut Grove Church. The 1955 aerial shows the Laws house, original general store, and the service station; the 1975 aerial shows the former Laws house and the service station. As of February 2014, the former James Laws house is still standing, but is in poor condition.

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1939

CROOK'S CORNER

610
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Chapel Hill
NC
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610
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Chapel Hill
NC
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1939

View east, 1939 (screenshot from H. Lee Waters film)

View east, 1939 (screenshot from H. Lee Waters film)

 

Rachel Crook opened a produce and fish market in the former service station in 1943. She was murdered in 1951.

View northwest, 1951

 

View north east, 1970s

 

Post-1951, the building was utilized as a taxi stand, bait and tackle shop, pool hall, and Brooks & Tobin used car lot. In 1978 Cam Hill remodeled the building and opened a BBQ place, naming it Crook’s Corner in honor of Rachel Crook. In 1982, Bill Neal and Gene Hamer re-remodeled the building and opened the restaurant Crook's Corner.

 

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220 S. CHURTON ST.

220
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Hillsborough
NC
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1932
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1939 (Composite image from H. Lee Waters Film - State Archives of North Carolina)

Richmond Motor Company and its inventory in October of 1939. The 'old' Eno Bridge into and out of town is in the background. The horse is unidentified.

Here's what the authors of the National Register nomination for Hillsborough have to say about it:

Constructed as a car dealership with Art Deco-style detailing, the building has been significantly altered with the replacement of the original storefronts, the addition of a wide pent roof on the façade, and the painting of the exterior, which covered the decorative brickwork. The one-story, parapet-roofed, brick commercial building has a center entrance flanked by display windows with panels above and below the windows. Display windows on the right (north) and left (south) elevations have been covered with modern siding. A full-width, metal pent roof on the façade is supported by square posts. A recessed bay on the right elevation also has a metal pent roof sheltering the replacement doors. Bellinger dates this building to 1932 when Bill Richmond built it as a car dealership. The front section of the building appears as “auto sales” and the rear is labeled as “auto repair dealership” on the 1943 Sanborn map.

07.02.16 (G. Kueber)

What is it with the weird front awnings in downtown Hillsborough? Rip 'em off - yesterday. This building would be far more attractive brought back to its original form.

The nominators for the historic distrct made this building non-contributing (mean it is ineligible for tax-credits,) which doesn't make much sense. Although it has some ugly stuff on the front, it's quite superficial, and the detail of the building remains intact underneath it. What better use of tax credits than to rehab this building back to its original state by removing the silly awning and paint?

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CC OLIVER REPAIR SHOP

5206
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Cedar Grove
NC
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1946
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Cedar Grove
NC
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07.23.2016 (G. Kueber)

(Below in italics is from the National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)

The 1-story concrete block garage building with a stepped parapet was built in 1946 by Charles Crisp Oliver. T.L. Oliver, the father of Charles Crisp, operated a blacksmith shop on this site in the early 1900s.

 

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108 S. CHURTON ST.

108
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Hillsborough
NC
Built in
1923
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108
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Hillsborough
NC
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1923
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December 1972 (NCSHPO via Tom Campanella)

(Below in italics is from the National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)

Part of the same building campaign as the two commercial buildings to the north, this two-story, brick commercial building has two storefronts on the first floor and grouped six-over-six wood-sash windows with arched transoms composed of four three-light Craftsman-style wood windows in a segmental-arched brick surround on the second floor. Bands of soldier-course brick at the cornice and between the first and second floors also matches that on 100 and 106 South Churton Street. The two storefronts are mid-century replacements with twenty-light display windows on a low brick knee wall with soldier-course brick band. The one-light doors are recessed slightly and each has a three-light transom. A full-width transom that spans the entire storefront has been covered with a signboard. A stairwell to the second floor is located behind the south entrance. A different building is shown on Sanborn maps from 1911 and earlier. This building was likely constructed in the early 1920s and appears on the 1924 and 1943 Sanborn maps. The 1924 Sanborn maps notes the building’s use as “auto repair.” According to Bellinger this was once used as a men's clothing store and a jewelry store.

1960s - screen capture from "This is Orange County

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07.31.2016 (G. Kueber)

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113 N. CHURTON ST.

113
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Hillsborough
NC
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1905-1911
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113
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Hillsborough
NC
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1937 - combined panning shot from H. Lee Waters film (NC State Archives)

From the National Register nomination:

Shown on the 1911 Sanborn map, this building is one of the earliest commercial buildings in the district. The Colonial Revival-style two-story building has a painted common-bond brick exterior with a parapet roof that steps down toward the rear of the building. There is an applied wood, modillion cornice on the façade. A recessed entrance on the right (north) end of the storefront has paired fifteen-light French doors with an eight-light transom and there is a night deposit box on the north wall of the recessed entrance. There are two forty-eight-light picture windows on the left (south) end of the façade separated from each other and the entrance bay by wood pilasters. There is an ATM set into the far left end of the façade and a flared metal pent roof extends the full width of the storefront [HPC]. Three nine-over-nine wood-sash windows at the second- floor level have arched brick surrounds. There is an alley along the right (north) side of the building and the right elevation is covered with stucco. The building was erected as a general store, was later a Chevrolet dealership, and is now a bank. The Colonial Revival-style storefront details were likely added in the 1930s.

07.31.2016 (G. Kueber)

I wish someone could come along one evening an pull all the Colonial Revival gradue off of the buildings downtown, and allow these buildings to return to some simple elegance  - versus the faux fancy shutters, pent roofs, fake shutters and other tackiness.

In December of 2016, the Wooden Nickel pub announced that they would be moving to this building in late 2017 (from 105 N. Churton.)

 

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122 Eno Street

122
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Hillsborough
NC
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122
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Hillsborough
NC
Type: 
Use: 

 

Thr structure was an early auto repair and garage, servicing Hillsboro and those traveling the Central Highway/State Highway 10. It was likely built circa 1915 (i.e. sometime between 1913 and 1924).

1924 Sanborn map excerpt

 

The 1943 Sanborn map shows it still in use for automotive storage and/or repair. It burned sometime in the 1950s.

 

1943 Sanborn map excerpt

On fire, circa 1950s (photo courtesy of the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough)

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ENO CROSSROADS

Durham
NC
Cross street: 

Orange County site OR661

Information courtesy of Orange County DEAPR

Need "US HWY 70E" added to street names; also, need a "Rural - Durham" neighborhood added

 

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Durham
NC
Cross street: 

 

The area on US HWY 70 is known as "Eno Crossroads" (designated Orange County site OR661), and was developed circa 1925, when the highway was built/expanded/improved.

The 1993 Orange County historic property survey states (based on the property owner’s statements) that the service station was built in 1929 but was moved approximately 100 feet from its original location, which was closer to the highway (the modern road is approximately 100 feet from the structure’s current location). The service station structure appears to be in its current location in the 1955 aerial photo (USDA), and the 1938 aerial photo also seems to have it in the same location. Since the informant was the daughter of the people who owned the property and service station, it is highly likely that her information is correct.

Griffin's Store, 1960's


From US 70, looking south on University Road towards University Station - Griffin's Store is to the right (03.10.72)
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

Griffin's Store, 1992 (photo courtesy of Orange County DEAPR)

1992 (photo courtesy of Orange County DEAPR)

 


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LLOYD'S 25 CENT WASH & WAX/EFLAND CAR WASH

2701 US 70 W
Efland
NC
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2701 US 70 W
Efland
NC
Cross street: 

 

Opened by Ben Lloyd in 1963.

 

View south east (S. Rankin, 2019)

View north east (S. Rankin, 2019)

 

View north west (S. Rankin, 2019)

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RAILROAD UNDERPASS (CENTRAL HIGHWAY/HIGHWAY 10)

street: ,
Hillsborough
NC
Cross street: 
Construction type: 
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NC
Cross street: 
Construction type: 
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A 1913 improvement (widening) of an existing underpass, construction costs were divided between the Southern Railway company and the Good Roads Commission. It has been "improved" several times, the last within the past 10 years.

The Central Highway became NC Highway 10, and this (long bypassed within the NC State Highway system) section is now Dimmock's Mill Road.

 

CH/NC10 underpass

View south (1-3-17; photo by S. Rankin)

 

CH/NC10 underpass

View south (1-3-17; photo by S. Rankin)

CH/NC10 underpass

View north (1-3-17; photo by S. Rankin)

 

CH/NC10 underpass

View north (1-3-17; photo by S. Rankin)

 

For more information on The Central Highway and early State Highway 10 (NC 10) in Orange County, see http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orangecountync/places/ro...

 

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HWY 14 underpass

RAILROAD UNDERPASS (HIGHWAY 14)

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Hillsborough
NC
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Hillsborough
NC
Construction type: 

 

Built circa 1913, with construction costs being divided between the Southern Railway company and the Good Roads Commission. It has been "improved" several times, mostly within the last 10 years. The concrete walls or abutments are original, but the bridging section has been replaced several times.

NC Highway 14 is now Old NC 86, and this (bypassed) section is now Exchange Park Lane.

 

 

HWY 14 underpass

View south (12-28-16; photo by S. Rankin)

View north west (12-28-16; photo by S. Rankin)

 

View north east (12-28-16; photo by S. Rankin)

For more information on NC Highway 14, see http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orangecountync/places/ro...

 

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ENO RIVER BRIDGE (1922)

street:
Hillsborough
NC
Built in
1922
Charming bridge that presented a curving entrance and exit into and from downtown Hillsborough during the early-to-mid 20th century

 

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Hillsborough
NC
Built in
1922

 

(UNC - NC Postcards Collection)

Per the National Register Nomination:
 

"Constructed on the Exchange Park, just west of South Churton Street, the tee beam, reinforced concrete bridge is two lanes wide with concrete sidewalks on each side of the roadway. The bridge features flat-panel concrete parapet railings with concrete curbs and caps. On each end of the bridge, flanking the roadway, are cast-iron Ionic columns topped by globe lights. Plaques on each end of the bridge read, 'Eno River Bridge, Orange County, State Project No. 453, Built by North Carolina State Highway Commission, 1922.' Prior to the construction of the US70-Alternate and the South Churton Street Bridge in the 1964, this bridge was the primary entrance to downtown Hillsborough from the south."

This bridge replaced an earlier, wooden bridge in the ~same location.

Circa 1910 postcard (UNC - NC Postcards collection)

 

(UNC - NC Postcards collection)

08.13.2016 (G. Kueber)

The 1922 bridge served downtown Hillsborough until the extension of South Churton Street to I-85 in 1964. Now it is a more minimallly used connection to Exchange Park Lane.

 

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231 WEST HILL AVE. N

231
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Hillsborough
NC
Built in
1940-1960
Construction type: 
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231
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Hillsborough
NC
Built in
1940-1960
Construction type: 
,
Type: 
Use: 

 

09.24.2016 (G. Kueber)

 

Text from Orange County survey performed by hmw Preservation 2017

”The one-story, concrete block commercial store building is three bays wide and features a parapet roofline concealing a shallow gabled roof. The façade is pierced by a central wood entrance door of three-lights-over- two-panels which is flanked by large 16-light metal frame fixed windows that have soldier course lintels and brick header course sills. The side elevations are both pierced by a large 16-light metal window at their eastern ends and two other small window bays that sit near the top of the elevation. The rear (west) elevation is also three bays, with a central wood door of three-lights-over-three-panels (accessed by a descending concrete and brick stair) flanked by two window bays of four-light metal sash fixed windows. Vertical wood sheathing fills the gable end of the west elevation and a concrete block exterior chimney flue rises at this elevation through the roof. The remnants of a concrete pad for gas pumps are evident in front of the store to the east. Two mid-twentieth century houses are also located on the parcel with Cole's Store, one located directly north and one located directly west of the store.

This mid-twentieth century concrete block store and the adjacent houses to its north and west were built during the mid-twentieth century, with county tax records indicating the house to the north being built ca. 1952. The earliest deed associated with the property is a 1951 deed from F. S. and Virginia Cates to James Waddell. In 1964, Waddell sold the property to Cheshire and Flora Cole (his daughter and son-in-law), who operated a gas station and general store (Cole's Store) in the building through the 1980s.”

 

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COLE MOTOR COMPANY / 387 CORNELIUS ST.

387
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Hillsborough
NC
Built in
circa 1950
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Hillsborough
NC
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circa 1950
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07.24.2016 (G. Kueber)

Very cool moderne industrial building located along US 70 in Hillsborough. While I love Hillsborough, I wish there was some more attention paid to structures like these rather than repetitive focus on all things pre-Civil War.

07.23.2016 (G. Kueber)

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112 W. FRANKLIN ST.

112
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Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
circa 1934
Local Historic District: 
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Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
circa 1934
Local Historic District: 
Type: 

 

Built circa 1934 as a Pure Oil Service Station, owned and operated by Ben Strowd. In 1945, A. H. Poe purchased the property and expanded the structure to incorporate a Plymouth/DeSoto automobile dealership, renaming it the Poe Motor Company. In 1955, Poe sold the property to Charlie Stancell, who in turn sold it to the Uzzle Motor Company in 1963. Within a few years it was the Gardner Motor Company.

Photograph circa 1950 (via UNC)

Exterior of Gardner Motor Company, circa 1968 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

Exterior of Gardner Motor Company, circa 1968 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

Exterior (left side), Quik Food Mart, circa 1968 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

The structure in 1978 (photo by Jerry Cotten via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

The structure in 1978 (photo by Jerry Cotten via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

The structure in 1978 (photo by Jerry Cotten via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

 

The "complex" now encompasses 106, 108, 110, and 114 West Franklin Street. In the 1990s, the old gas station (middle) section became a Caribou's Coffee, and is presently (2020) a Moe's Southwest Grill. 

 

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100 W. FRANKLIN ST. / STROWD MOTOR COMPANY

100
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Chapel Hill
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
circa 1928
Construction type: 
Local Historic District: 
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100
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Chapel Hill
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
circa 1928
Construction type: 
Local Historic District: 
Type: 

 

This building was built circa 1928. Bruce Strowd moved his Ford dealership into this building from East Franklin Street.

View north, circa 1930 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

View northwest, 1931

Bruce Strowd, 1938 (image via UNC Photo Collection)

Strowd's ad, from the 1941 UNC Yackety Yack

View northwest, 1949

In 1951, the Pritchard-Little Motor Company bought out Strowd's. In 1955, A. H. Poe temporarily moved his DeSoto business into the space formerly occupied by Pritchard-Little. (Pritchard-Little was Grady Pritchard and Crowell Little.)

View north, 1960s (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

View north, 1977 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

View west, 1977 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

View north, 2020 (via Google streetview)

 

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