Home Tour 2002: Hope Valley
Hope Valley was Durham’s first full-fledged country club suburb, developed around an 18-hole golf course in the late 1920s Traces of the farms that occupied the land in the 19th Century remain around the suburban landscape developed by the Mebane Company to attract the newly successful young professionals that were thriving with Durham’s tobacco, textile, and health care industries. The golf course was designed to allow the most houses facing it, and the Norman Provincial style clubhouse was designed by Milburn and Heister. The early homes in Hope Valley are an eclectic mix of revival styles popular in the 1920s and 1930s: Tudor, English Cottage, Colonial, Norman Provincial, and even Spanish. Read more about Hope Valley on our Historic Neighborhoods pages! Homes on the tour included the Hubert O. Teer House and the Dr. B. H. Branscomb House on Chelsea Circle; the Herbert Hussey House on Surrey Road; the David Smith House, the Dr. Paul M. Gross House, and the W. A. Pearlzweig House on Dover Road; and the Edward S. Orgain, Sr. House on Devon Road. Architect and developer J. Scott Harmon headed the committee for the 2002 Old Durham Home Tour. Web Communications and Sigrid Carter designed the poster and booklet cover. Martha Scotford was the tour site photographer and booklet designer. Victoria George and Tom Miller wrote the architectural histories for the booklet. Richard Mullinex was the Tour Flower Chairman. Thanks to the Durham florists who pulled out all their creative stops to provide special flower arrangements for each of the houses on the Old Durham Home Tour: Fallons at Woodcroft, Family Gardens (Old Chapel Hill Road), Floral Dimensions, Friendly Floral Gallery, Montgomery’s Florist, Sanders Florist, and Steve Taras Fresh Flowers.