This Week in Durham History

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

Trinity College moves to Durham, becomes Duke

Dec, 9, 1924

1924 was a watershed year for Durham with the evolution of Trinity College into Duke University, the principal beneficiary of a new $40 million Duke Endowment and home of a planned complex of liberal arts and professional schools. Immediately following the announcement, Durham citizens approved a substantial extension of the city limits to encompass the new university and surrounding areas, making Durham overnight the fourth largest city in the state. 

Washington Duke Hotel is imploded

Dec. 14, 1975

Built as the Washington Duke Hotel in 1924/5 at a cost of $1.8 million, the hotel stood 16 stories tall and was regarded as one of the most impressive hotel structures of the era. The name was changed to Jack Tar in 1960. By the 1970s, however, the hotel fell on hard times, and in lieu of extensive repair, the decision was made to demolish it.