The former Mutual Community Savings Bank, on the corner of Chapel Hill Street and the pedestrian alley known as Holland Street, is being transformed into the Durham Hotel and scheduled to open in spring 2015. According to the Open Durham website, the Corcoran Hotel was built on the site at the beginning of the 20th century, but competition caused it to close resulting in a variety of incarnations to include, the Durham Business School, before the building was demolished and reborn as the Center Theater. In the mid 1960’s the theater was demolished and rebuilt as the Home Savings Bank, which later became the Mutual Savings Community Bank, and now the Durham Hotel, thus completing the circle from hotel to bank and back to hotel.
The new Durham Hotel will not only deliver additional rooms to meet pent up demand, but also make another contribution to the downtown Durham scene, by adapting and reusing another piece of Durham’s architectural history, albeit 1960’s architecture that earned it the nickname as the “George Jetson” building. Maybe a good name for some feature of the hotel? I’m just saying…
The 53 room hotel will consist of 5 floors of guest rooms, including a penthouse suite overlooking Chapel Hill Street and the CCB Plaza, with floor to ceiling windows and private rooftop terrace. In true boutique style, the hotel will not only be an option for Durham’s business and leisure travelers but the hotel operator anticipates being a destination for Durham citizenry. The Durham Hotel will offer a full-service restaurant and bar in the lobby, featuring the original bank vault, along with banquette seating and tables and a 40-seat outdoor patio on the alley. And although this has not been confirmed, rumor has it that the restaurant will be the first Durham foray for famed Chapel Hill chef, Andrea Reusing of Lantern.
It’s easy to see how the Hotel Durham will become a convenient and inviting location for business meetings, whether over coffee, breakfast or cocktails, and a destination for Durham hipsters drawn to the vibe, or the rooftop bar with unobstructed views of downtown, which will offer covered and open air zones and nosh from the hotel kitchen.
The hotel is slated to open spring, 2015.