American Tobacco Celebrates Several Firsts

American Tobacco Celebrates Several Firsts

Fowler Building & Parking Deck
The Fowler Building (left) faces the new South Parking Deck.

On Thursday, June 24, 2004, the American Tobacco Historic District in downtown Durham will celebrate several firsts. GlaxoSmithKline becomes the first tenant to move into its newly renovated office space and American Tobacco will host its first Alive After Five evening concert and Durham Chamber Business AfterHours event.

GSK moves into their new office space in the Fowler and Crowe Buildings. With 88,000 square feet, GSK is second only to Duke University in the amount of space leased in the American Tobacco Historic District (ATHD).

Built in 1954, the Crowe Building housed tobacco, bulks, offices, a stock room and a dust room. GSK will occupy the top three floors. Adjacent to the Crowe Building, the Fowler Building’s top two floors will house GSK offices. Built in 1939, the Fowler Building sits on the southern end of the ATHD. Both buildings face the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP).

The Alive After Five event will kick off a series of six bi-weekly outdoor concerts to be held under the Lucky Strike water tower. Sponsored by MIX 101.5/WRAL-FM, Crabtree Valley Mall and the ATHD, Alive After Five features several different bands. General Johnson & the Chairmen of the Board will play the inaugural concert, beginning sometime between 6pm and 6:30pm. Beverages and concessions will be available.

The Durham Chamber Business After Hours offers a chance for networking with regional business people after work. Some of the top 2004 NHL draftees will be on hand to meet the crowd. The USA Baseball Team will take on Canada at the DBAP at 7pm.

Thanks to Ben Casey & the American Tobacco District for these capcom photos.

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