No matter how big or small, there’s a story to be told behind the door of every old house in a neighborhood. Her affinity for houses is clear: Harrison has rehabilitated four residential properties in the East Durham neighborhood. She currently rents out the refurbished homes. As a result of her commitment to the neighborhood and her rehabilitation of properties on Vale St. and Carden Alley, Harrison was a recipient of one of Preservation Durham’s 2012 Neighborhood Conservation Awards.

“All my life I have always liked old houses,” said Denise Harrison, a Durham homeowner and board member of Preservation Durham, a historical preservation society.