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Historic House Is Free – if You Move It

Posted January 28, 2008 8:44 a.m. EST
Updated January 28, 2008 11:11 a.m. EST

— Acquiring a historic Durham home could be done for free if the buyer is willing to move. The house, that is.

The owner of the Tate House, in the Trinity Heights local historic district, has offered to give away the house – but not the land it's on. The taker must pay to move the house from its 1704 W. Markham St. address.

In February 2007, the Durham County Historic Preservation Commission granted permission to demolish the Tate House, but ordered a 365-day delay to look for a buyer. Now time is almost up.

The cost of moving a house starts around $25,000. The owner of the Tate House has offered to chip in $5,000 to defray the costs.

The Tate House dates to the 1920s, when local factory workers lived there. A number of Duke faculty members later lived the house.