Vacant downtown Durham building gets new life

Durham Trust Building
The Trust Building located on West Main Street in Durham.

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A historic building in the heart of downtown Durham is getting new life after sitting mostly vacant for more than 20 years.

Developers are working to turn the Trust Building on W. Main Street into a center of entrepreneurial activity.

The building is fully leased with tenants expected to move in by December.

The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau will call the first and mezzanine floors its new home.

And the American Underground startup campus will expand into the building as well.

E-commerce marketing software company Windsor Circle, which has grown at the American Underground across the street, will move its more than 75 employees there, too.

“Part of our mission is to build a thriving company in the heart of downtown Durham and so as we were looking for real estate options as we continued to grow. Not only were we focused in Durham specifically, but this building among all of them was tremendously important,” said Matt Williamson, Windsor Circle CEO and co-founder.

The five-story Trust Building was constructed in 1905 and was reported to be the tallest office building in the state at the time.

It also had the first elevator in Durham.

It is physically connected to the iconic building that was known in recent years as the Sun Trust building and was recently renovated into the 21-C Museum Hotel.

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