Course Description

After many years, it is now accepted that Julian Abele (1881-1950), an African American, was the chief designer of the Duke University campus. Abele was a highly educated architect in the Philadelphia firm of Horace Trumbauer. Common attribution honors his design of the Gothic West Campus, but this skilled architect also designed the Georgian style East Campus. In 2016, the Duke Board of Trustees named the central portion of the campus Abele Quad. This course will discuss Abele and his work by placing him in the context of his time, noting some of the racial challenges he faced, and will include a walking tour of the main quadrangle of the West Campus to observe his grand scheme for the new university and its fascinating details. 

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Julian Abele: The Design of Duke University and the Price of Prejudice
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Sep 24, 2019 to Oct 08, 2019
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Required fee: There is a parking fee for some Duke lots for Duke Campus tour.

Recommended text:

William E. King, Julian Abele and the Design of Duke University: An Extended Essay (9780970984746). Text is only available through Duke University Stores and in satellite locations including the Duke Gardens Store and East Campus Store.