Rear of the Angier-Satterfield House, as it was then known, 1920s. Photograph courtesy of the Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection.
When the Center for Documentary Studies outgrew its original digs in a historic art deco building in downtown Durham, North Carolina, our founding members recalled a beautiful old Durham home hidden behind a row of trees across the railroad tracks from Duke’s East Campus. Built in the late nineteenth century, it began as a small farmhouse that members of the Benjamin Duke family later expanded into a handsome large home. Duke University purchased the house in the 1950s as a residence for the Dean of the Women’s College, including Juanita Kreps, who later became Duke’s first female vice president (and later still, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of Commerce among other female firsts, not to mention the namesake for our main gallery). CDS acquired the house from Duke in the early 1990s, and in the winter of 1994 moved to this wonderful place, newly renovated, newly relocated—by a couple hundred yards—and newly named the Lyndhurst House in honor of the vision and endowment support of the Lyndhurst Foundation. A large three-story addition, known as the Bridges Building, was completed several years later. The fact that the Lyndhurst House was an actual residence for most of its rich history accounts for its special feel, which is remarked upon by so many people who have worked, studied, and visited here, who have admired the old heart-pine floors, the fireplaces, the rocking chairs and porches. It feels like home.