AMBER ALLEY

AMBER ALLEY

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Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1927
/ Modified in
1948

 

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  • Wed, 02/14/2024 - 10:41am by SteveR

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street: ,
Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1927
/ Modified in
1948
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While this was an alley, or at least passageway between Franklin Street and the properties to the north of the business district prior to 1948,[1] it is said to have been named by Ted Danziger after the Ramshead Rathskeller was constructed underneath the Strowd Building in 1948. It was named Amber Alley "not because of any connection with [the movie] Forever Amber," but because of the yellow lanterns hanging along the alley's walls. [2]

The alley was the test subject for awnings later installed along Franklin Street, in front of businesses, in 1961.

The Rathskeller closed in 2007. The alleyway is still called Amber Alley, and is more recently known for its displays of public artwork.[3]

During a fire at the Rat, September 25, 1963 (CHW)

Ad from September 28, 1948 (DTH)

Ad from October 6, 1948 (DTH)

Ad from October 8, 1948 (DTH)

Ad from October 12, 1959 (CHW)

Ad from September 18, 1959 (CHW)

 

SOURCES:
[1] The June 1925 Sanborn Map of Chapel Hill shows an empty lot at this location; this alley was created at the eastern edge of the Sutton Building (constructed in 1927) and to the west of the Strowd Building
[2] The Chapel Hill Weekly, October 8, 1948
[3] See frankkreacic.com/2017/12/26/amber-alley-chapel-hill-nc and publicartarchive.org/art/Amber-Alley/5da6a062

 

 

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