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Former Durham museum to be torn down, become art

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Local artists in Durham will be able to use portions of the old Lavender house in Durham for art work after Parks and Recreation deconstruct the building.

The building, which is on city land, has been used as storage in recent years. It is believed to have been built in the 1930s and served as the residence of the caretaker of the Barfield Recreation Center in the 1950s.

It was also used in the 1940s as the start-up site for the current Museum of Life and Science.

The house will be deconstructed because it is in the floodway of Ellerbee Creek and has in fact suffered from occasional flooding in recent years. And for the past six months, Northgate Park residents and others have been working with the city to come up with a way to salvage the house before eventually determining the could not be completely salvaged.

“We are pleased that we won’t be losing this piece of Durham’s history altogether, and that we worked as a group for a solution that will benefit both the park and the larger community,” Beth Timson, assistant director of park planning and education with DPR, said in a written release.

Artists will be able to use the non-salvageable parts of the home in an effort to keep the debris out of landfills. The base, porch and chimney of the home will remain as a type of sculpture and to be used as seating during community events.

Deconstruction work is scheduled to begin on April 7.

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