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January 12th: The Designs of Julian Abele: Original Drawings of Duke’s Campus

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Gothic Reading Room, Rubenstein Library, Duke West Campus (map)
Contact: Valerie Gillispie,

The Duke University Archives and the Facilities Management Department invite you to visit the Gothic Reading Room on Thursday, January 12th and see some of the original drawings, blueprints, and plans of Duke’s campus.

Chief designer Julian Abele of the Horace Trumbauer firm has recently been recognized at Duke with the naming of the main quad, and the open house will allow visitors to examine the details of the plans and admire the vision that Abele brought to his work.

"Study of Main Court," Duke University by the Horace Trumbauer architectural firm

This event will be an open house, and visitors are welcome to drop in any time. This event is being held in collaboration with the Duke University Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Commemoration Committee.

Post contributed by Valerie Gillispie, University Archivist.

2 thoughts on “January 12th: The Designs of Julian Abele: Original Drawings of Duke’s Campus”

  1. I am so sorry I missed the Abele event. Those are beautiful and significant drawings. Will you have them out again or are they available to see at a future time?

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, louanne! We’re not planning any additional events with the drawings at the moment, but you’d be welcome to visit the Rubenstein Library reading room to view some of them. We’ll follow up via email with more information!

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