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Friday, April 11, 2014

This Durham corner is sick: McPherson Hospital as it becomes a Residence Inn

Posted by on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

When I arrived in Durham nearly eight years ago, one of my first views was the old McPherson Hospital. It was in ruin then, and in ruin it has remained.
click to enlarge McPherson Hospital in Durham, near Duke East Campus, earlier this winter - LISA SORG
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  • McPherson Hospital in Durham, near Duke East Campus, earlier this winter

It always depressed me to see one of Durham's architectural and historic legacy sites in that state of entropy. Part of the 1926 building has already been demolished, and now it's being denuded as it transforms into a Residence Inn. 
click to enlarge McPherson Hospital on April 11, 2014 - LISA SORG
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  • McPherson Hospital on April 11, 2014


It appears that the entrance is being "preserved," but as for the rest of the 143-room chain hotel, well, the drawing of the finished product is not impressive. I would call it sterile if I were among polite society. And if not, I would call it a shitshow.

There have been many, many discussions about the shameful neglect of the building at the Daily Durham and Open Durham and The Durham News. Yes, the McPherson decay was an embarrassment, but really, do Durham county and city  leaders and developers lack imagination? The view will be no more uplifting once the valets and wheeled suitcases become fixtures on the corner of Buchanan Avenue and Main Street.


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