American Tobacco Historic District

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American Tobacco Company Manufacturing Plant
American Tobacco Campus.JPG
American Tobacco Campus, September 2012
American Tobacco Historic District is located in North Carolina
American Tobacco Historic District
American Tobacco Historic District is located in the United States
American Tobacco Historic District
LocationRoughly bounded by W. Pettigrew St., Blackwell St., Willard St. and Carr St., Durham, North Carolina
Coordinates35°59′43″N 78°54′17″W / 35.99528°N 78.90472°W / 35.99528; -78.90472Coordinates: 35°59′43″N 78°54′17″W / 35.99528°N 78.90472°W / 35.99528; -78.90472
Area14.6 acres (5.9 ha)
Built1874 (1874), 1899, 1911
Architectural styleItalianate, Romanesque, Art Moderne, et al.
NRHP reference No.00001163[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 29, 2000

The American Tobacco Historic District is a historic tobacco factory complex and national historic district located in Durham, Durham County, North Carolina. The district encompasses 14 contributing buildings and three contributing structures built by the American Tobacco Company and its predecessors and successors from 1874 to the 1950s. Located in the district is the separately listed Italianate style W. T. Blackwell and Company building (1874-1880, c. 1904). Other notable contributing resources are the Romanesque Revival style Hill Warehouse (1900), Washington Warehouse (1902–07), the Lucky Strike Building (1901–02), and Reed Warehouse; Noell Building (c. 1930); Power Plant and Engine House (1929–39); and the Art Moderne style Fowler (1939) Strickland (1946) and Crowe (1953) buildings.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 as the American Tobacco Company Manufacturing Plant.[1]


Nearby, but not part of the multi-use redevelopment district, is the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the studios of Fox 50, and the Durham Performing Arts Center. The Historic District is part of a large urban renewal project in downtown Durham designed to bring residents, businesses, and shoppers to the formerly blighted downtown area. The campus had been the headquarters of the American Tobacco Company, once the largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. The mostly abandoned campus was purchased by the Capitol Broadcasting Company in 2001 as part of a plan to redevelop downtown Durham.[3] Other companies have completed similar plans, Measurement Incorporated purchased and renovated the Brodie Duke Warehouse, the Imperial Tobacco Warehouse, and BC Remedy Building.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Claudia R. Brown and M. Ruth Little (April 2000). "American Tobacco Company Manufacturing Plant" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  3. ^ "American Tobacco". Durham, NC official website. Retrieved 13 April 2014.

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