Thanks to the graciousness of Michael Kerr at EdgeOffice, Windsor Circle has made a comfortable home in the old Penny Furniture building in the heart of Downtown Durham. This building, like Downtown Durham itself, has seen good days finally return after a once glorious past.
The building was built between 1907 and 1913, and was the original home of Hall-Wynne, who were undertakers and liverymen...that's creepy. In the 1920's, the building took an more upbeat turn as Penny Furniture took over. But by 1966, the building was abandoned and languished until Cynthia Hill bought the building and completed a renovation in 2007. The renovation won the Pyne Preservation Award for its commitment to preserving Durham's architectural and cultural heritage. Today, the building has first floor office space and a second floor loft condo. Plans for a rooftop bar are in the works!
There is an extremely cool site where you can see pictures of Penny Furniture (and many other Durham sites) through the years.
The story of the Penny Furniture is not unique in Durham. All over downtown, renovations are taking place as the wave of commitment to Durham rolls through. A big part of this revitalization is Durham's community of entreprenuers. Just within the past few years, a number of organizations of established resources to help entreprenuers succeed in Durham, and startups are doing just that. Here is a short list of just a few of the valuable contributors: