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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Maybe you've noticed that the old Howard Johnson's Inn at Hillandale Road and I-85 has been closed and abandoned for the past few months. Most likely it wasn't able to recover from the extended shutdown during the highway widening, or maybe it was just the recession taking its toll on travelers, or maybe it's that those good things that are happening in Durham are happening in other parts of Durham.

Either way, it's been turned into quite the art gallery recently. Been meaning to get there myself and document it, but my friend Libby beat me to it.

See her photos here and here.

Image © 2010 Libby Lynn



  • Very cool.

    By Blogger Jeremy T, at 9:50 AM  

  • Wow...I can only imagine the condition of the Super 8 before the Durham Rescue Mission got ahold of it.

    By Blogger Stephen, at 2:35 PM  

  • The condition of the old Super 8, as i hear it, improved tremendously when it was first shut down.

    One of the few properties in Durham ever to be seized by the city under the nuisance abatement laws.

    By Blogger Barry, at 2:41 PM  

  • I hate the fact that people feel the urge to vandalize any building that stands vacant. What brings on this uncivilized behavior?

    Secondly from the amount of spray paint used for this vandalism, it would seem easy to track such a large transaction involving the sale of spray paint.

    Finally I feel that the sale of spray paint should be banned in Durham County and in all of North Carolina. It serves no useful purpose.

    By Blogger cj, at 4:49 PM  

  • Came in quite handy earlier this summer when i rescued an old smoker/grill that had been abandoned by some former tenants.

    A $400 New Braunfels that's as good as new for the price of 2 cans of Rustoleum and a couple of porcelain grates.

    I'm more concerned that as a society we have no measures in place to recoup the public expenses borne when a developer or shopping center just closes up shop and leaves their buildings to rot.

    Expecting the taxpayers to carry your burdens? Sounds like socialism to me.

    By Blogger Barry, at 5:15 PM  

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    By Blogger Thomas, at 7:40 PM  

  • You say vandalism, I say art. Banning the sale of spray paint is one of the stupidest ideas I've heard in awhile. You supported Bush, didn't you?
    PS. SENZ is the shiznit.

    By Blogger Thomas, at 7:42 PM  

  • Looks like the hotel office has been torn down.

    By Blogger Stephen, at 3:07 PM  

  • Last week, I noticed the HOJO's signage had been taken down. This week, I notice that the entire place is being demolished. Perhaps to build a much larger hotel on the property?

    By Blogger Stephen, at 3:57 PM  

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