(Below in italics is from the National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)
Dr. Forrest D. McCrea, a Duke University professor, is the earliest known occupant of this brick two-story gable front house. As is the case of 1012 and 1014 Monmouth Ave., this house is said to have been constructed by a contractor named Brown, perhaps William H. Brown, listed as a contractor in city directories. The configuration of the narrow gable end facing the street, very popular in the early 20thcentury in more densely populated cities, is not typical of Durham. The Colonial Revival style detailing of this house is restricted to the molded box cornices with returns, the molded box porch posts and the Palladian attic window in the front gable, the only distinctly neoclassical feature of the house.