C.C. Thomas House

The Colonial Revival house at 206 North Dillard Street is one of only two homes remaining from Dillard Street's heyday as home to the city's commercial elite. Wholesale grocer C.C. Thomas had the house built in 1909, with a grand central staircase down which, the story goes, he envisioned his daughter proceeding in her wedding gown. The daughter, as it turned out, eloped.

After Mrs. C.C. Thomas died in 1943, the house was used for a USO Club to entertain GIs from nearby Camp Butner. Following the war it was divided into apartments, but was closed and fell into extreme disrepair by the early 1990s. After a major renovation in 1995, it has served as office space and currently houses the Durham Crisis Response Center.
Dillard Street