McCorkle Place

Chapel Hill, NC

The McCorkle Place Condominiums are located on the north side of the historic “McCorkle Place” green at the center of the UNC Campus, in Chapel Hill, NC.  The 1936 structure was originally designed to be an apartment facility for the elderly.  For reasons unknown, it was always used for rental student housing and included 36 efficiency apartments tightly configured within a wood and brick shell.

The adaptive re-use involved the demolition of the rental units in order to provide area for eight luxury condominiums. Each condominium is approximately 3,000 square feet.  The primary vertical and horizontal circulation components were refurbished to ensure that the requirements for NC State Historic Tax Credits were met.  The old double loaded corridors were used as organizing elements within each individual unit.  All primary exterior elements were refurbished.  A new code compliant elevator and stairs were installed within the original footprint to maintain the original exterior massing.  The attic level was renovated to create a penthouse apartment and large shed dormers were added to bring natural light into the space.

download PDF


Weaver-Cooke Construction

Structural :

SGI Engineering

Mechanical / Electrical :

Atlantec Engineers


Coulter Jewel Thames


Marc Lamkin