(Durham County tax office)
(Below in italics is from the National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)
Rambling 2-story side-gabled Colonial Revival-style house built for lumber merchant Henry Satterfield, president of Cary Lumber Co. He was the owner-occupant in 1946, when the address was “Fairview corner Bivins.” In the late 1940s the property was bought by Mary Duke Biddle Trent and her husband Dr. Josiah Trent. The property adjoins Pinecrest, the estate where her mother, Mary Duke Biddle, lived. The original house has a 2-story side-gabled wing on the left side and a detached garage with a small apartment at the rear. In the 1950s New York designer Karl Bock enlarged and renovated the house by making the rear west elevation the main façade, adding a glass-walled sunroom with decorative cast iron posts to the east, with a terrace on the roof, as well as a polygonal library on the east elevation. The garage was incorporated into the main block. A brick gate with iron gates with a grapevine motif was installed on the Bivins St. side of the property. Mary DB Trent Seemans continued to live here until her death in 2012.
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