GREYSTONE

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GREYSTONE

618
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1911
/ Modified in
1961
,
1998
Builders: 
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Local historic district: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

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  • Submitted by Anonymous on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:00am

    Greystone itself is great. The grounds leave much to be desired however. It could be much more of an impressive structure if the junipers and other scraggly and frankly unattractive plantings were removed, and replaced with some type of planned design with appropriate plantings....

  • Submitted by John Schelp on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:25pm

    Endangered Durham readers will find this 1947 article about Durham's early residential areas of interest.

    Check out the old maps & photographs...

    http://www.jstor.org/view/00130095/ap010080/01a00020/0

  • Submitted by Stew on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 5:38pm

    I'd always wondered what that was. Thanks as always, Gary.

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  • Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:52pm by gary

Location

United States
35° 59' 31.3944" N, 78° 54' 40.986" W
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Comments

618
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1911
/ Modified in
1961
,
1998
Builders: 
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Local historic district: 
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 

(Duke RBMC)

Greystone was built in 1911 for James Stagg. Norman Underwood was the contractor and CC Hook the architect; it's no surprise that this house strongly resembled B.N. Duke's Four Acres, built 5 blocks away by the same team during the same year, although it was smaller of the two.

I was writing figuratively when I wrote earlier in the week that the Durham gentry was somewhat inbred. However, Stagg's father was a nephew of Washington Duke (his mother was Bartlett Durham's sister) and Stagg married Mary Washington Lyon, a grandaughter of Washington Duke.

Stagg was 'executive secretary' to BN Duke for many years, as well as vice-president of the Durham and Southern Railway, a director of the Erwin Cotton Mills, Pearl Cotton, Mill, Fidelity Bank, and Union Station Company. Along with BN Duke, the Staggs lived in New York for a period before settling back in Durham. Stagg died in 1915, and therefore was unable to enjoy his chateau-style manse for very long.


Greystone, 1924. (Durham Chamber of Commerce)

Mrs. Stagg, like several of the Durham gentry, had a 'country home' in northern Durham County, built during the depression - Spruce Pine Lodge. Mrs. Stagg lived in Greystone with her children until 1945. Stagg's daughter Mary Stagg Nicholson lived in the house until 1961, when it was converted into apartments and offices.

For some reason, this type of adaptive reuse simply did not seem to be a priority for the city or the residents of Durham. Fortunately, it worked to preserve the house in this particular case.


Greystone, late 1970s. (Durham Architectural Inventory)

The house was restored in 1998 by the Brame family into a reception hall and inn. They also own most of the remainder of this block, which is sadly empty. Greystone is, in my opinion, the most impressive once-single-family-dwelling remaining in Durham.


Looking northeast from Vickers and Morehead, 01.01.08. (Photo by Gary Kueber)

02.13.14 (Photo by Gary Kueber)

Comments

Greystone itself is great. The grounds leave much to be desired however. It could be much more of an impressive structure if the junipers and other scraggly and frankly unattractive plantings were removed, and replaced with some type of planned design with appropriate plantings....

Endangered Durham readers will find this 1947 article about Durham's early residential areas of interest.

Check out the old maps & photographs...

http://www.jstor.org/view/00130095/ap010080/01a00020/0

I'd always wondered what that was. Thanks as always, Gary.

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