Douglas M. and Grace Knight House

Durham, United States

Douglas M. and Grace Knight House

The Douglas M. and Grace Knight House, also known as Knight House, is a Modernist-style mansion in Durham, North Carolina. The house, designed by Alden B. Dow, previously served as the official residence for presidents of Duke University and is now used by the university as an event space, conference facility, and guest house. On April 6, 1968, four-hundred and fifty university students marched to the house during the Silent Vigil at Duke University. The house, previously called University House, was officially named after Douglas Knight and Grace Nicholas Knight in 2003.

In 1963, University President Douglas Knight commissioned Alden B. Dow to design an official residence. Built in the Modernist style, the home was completed in 1966. The landscaping was designed by Dick Bell, who also designed Pullen Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. The house takes its name from Douglas Knight, who served as president during the construction of the home, and was the first university president to live there. University presidents Terry Sanford and Nannerl O. Keohane also lived at Knight House. Knight House is 10,655 square feet, and cost $379,971 to build. The house is a low-slung home with ribbed copper roof caps. The interior pannelling in the house is made from bald cypress.

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