Submitted by urbandurham on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 11:03am
By: Mary Hunter
I recently had the cherished pleasure of revisiting the unique lofts available in historic Downtown Durham. While researching these lofts, I found out some interesting information about the Baldwin Lofts. R.L. Baldwin, Sr. opened the downtown Durham Baldwin’s department store in 1911, making it the third location in what would go on to become a popular regional chain with stores across North Carolina and Virginia.
After ten years of business, Baldwin purchased the Commerce building next door and expanded his department store to the building’s present size. This explains why half of the Baldwin building has original wood floors while the other half features the concrete floors of the Commerce building. This can be seen throughout the various lofts in the building.
The historic nature of the Kress Building, Baldwin Lofts, and the Bullington Warehouse Condos makes living there a chance to own, experience, and tell an important story about Durham and Southern history—a story of growth and change. Many of our clients have chosen to make a home of urban lofts that once were vibrant commercial spaces for Durham businessmen satisfying the needs of the community. When the exposed brick or antique wood floors, for instance, are up-fitted and modernized, the lofts are stunning in a way that is difficult for new construction to emulate. Besides the lofts at Bullington Warehouse Condos, Baldwin Lofts, Mangum 506, and the Kress Building, a new project scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2013 is located at Church and Main Street. You can visit that website at: www.churchandmaindurham.com
Historic downtown Durham’s energy finds its source, to no small degree, not only in the visionaries who have transformed historic commercial spaces into residential lofts and offices, but the residents who make their home or living there. R.L. Baldwin could wish no better.