1010 Urban Avenue – House
The two-story Foursquare is located in the Trinity National Register Historic District. It was erected as a single-family home in the 1910s, was divided into a duplex in the 1920s or 1930s and then further divided into four units. It is one of a large number of homes that were erected in then area in the early decades of the twentieth century and then converted to multi-family housing, representing the need for middle-income housing in the rapidly developing neighborhood adjacent to Duke University.
The house has a symmetrical facade with original one-over-one, wood-sash windows and fifteen-light French doors with two-light transoms and colonial surrounds. The house has aluminum siding throughout and the full-width, hip-roofed porch is supported by grouped columns on stuccoed piers. The interior features plaster walls and ceilings (some of which have been covered with drywall, paneling, or drop ceilings) hardwood floors in the first-floor living spaces, linoleum in the first-floor kitchens and bathrooms, and a combination of linoleum and carpet on the second floor and in the attic. It retains four original mantels (though no working fireplaces) and most original woodwork. The floor plan remains largely intact, despite the conversion to four units.
The current owners propose to renovate the units, retaining the existing four-unit configuration. The project is slated to receive federal and state Rehabilitation Tax Credits.