Circa 1947 (photo by Bayard Wootten, via UNC)
View north west, 1959
1978 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)
1983 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)
Excerpt of 1911 Sanborn map showing "Hardware" store at #15
Excerpt of 1915 Sanborn map showing "Hardw. & Gro." store at #15
This two-story structure was built circa 1910. Its first occupant was Edward Brown's hardware and furniture store, with Robert Foister's camera store occupying part of it. Circa 1918, A&P Grocery moved into the right/east side of the structure. The 1925 Sanborn map shows labels the structure as merely a "store."
It became John P. Crowder's general/variety store circa 1926, with the A&P Grocery still occupying the right/east side of the structure. Circa 1936, it became Rose's 5-10-25 Cent Store. Circa 1950, Rose's expanded into the space formerly occupied by the A&P when it moved. In 1978, Rose's moved to the new University Mall. The building then became a Rite-Aid Pharmacy, and then Kerr Drugs in the late 1990s.
Since the late 1970s, this structure has been a strong contestant for the "Ugliest Facade in Chapel Hill Award." How the Town could have let this happen to a historic structure so recently is beyond me.
June 2019, via Google Streetview