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2004: Forest Hills


Despite the rainy weather on May 1, 2004 hundreds of Preservation Durham members and friends came out for our 8th Annual Old Durham Homes Tour of the architectural treasures of Historic Forest Hills. Read more about Forest Hills on our Historic Neighborhoods pages! Durham was booming in the 1920s when developers James O. Cobb and Fuller Glass purchased tracts of farm land along University Drive and hired Durham architect George Watts Carr, Sr. to lay out a new suburban neighborhood around a golf course (now Forest Hills Park). Forest Hills quickly became one of the most desirable places to live within Durham’s city limits, attracting newcomers to Durham as well as the younger generations of established Durham families. Buyers began to construct houses in popular period revival styles. Colonial, Tudor, and English Cottage homes, some of them adaptations of plans originally published in popular magazines such as Home and Garden, soon filled the forested hills only a few blocks south of downtown. Development continued after World War II, with newer homes following the tradition of quality design of the original Forest Hills development in exciting modern styles. The tour included ten homes built between the 1920s and the 1950s, all distinguished by their fine design and careful preservation, as well as the English gardens at Pinecrest, one of the largest estates in Forest Hills.