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Guide to the Duke Family New York Apartments Collection, 1908-1997

Abstract

J.B. Duke acquired a lot on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 78th Street and commissioned Horace Trumbauer to draw the plans for a new residence in 1909. It was in this mansion that his daughter Doris was born and raised. After J.B.'s death in 1925, Nanaline continued to live in the mansion until January, 1958 when she and Doris donated the house to New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Throughout her adulthood Doris continued to live in New York City, residing in a penthouse located at 3 E. 84th Street and a penthouse at 475 Park Avenue, which was her last New York City residence when she died in 1993.

The collection primarily documents the expenses and daily operations of running and maintaining three large residences in New York City. Materials include invoices and receipts for repairs and renovations to the residences, correspondence and memoranda relating to routine matters of the residences including expenses, inventories of furniture, fixtures, and other household items, and appraisals of the residences and their household effects. A majority of the architectural records in this collection are related to the design and construction of J.B. Duke's mansion at 1 E. 78th Street.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Duke family.
Title
Duke Family New York Apartments collection 1908-1997
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.6 Linear Feet, approx. 1,200 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Duke Family New York Apartments Collection (formerly NYM, NYA84, and NYA) is part of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives which were donated to the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This collection consists of three record groups that were intentionally assembled due to the similarity of the subject. The collection spans the years 1908 to 1997, beginning with the design and construction of James B. Duke's mansion at 1 E. 78th Street and ending with the maintenance and general upkeep of Doris Duke's 475 Park Avenue apartment after her death. The collection is arranged in three series by purchase date: New York Mansion (1 E. 78th Street), New York Apartment (3 E. 84th Street, Penthouse), and New York Apartment (475 Park Avenue, Penthouse B). Each of the series has an Administrative Records sub series; however the New York Mansion and 475 Park Avenue Penthouse both have an Architectural Records sub series. The collection primarily documents the expenses and daily operations of running and maintaining three large residences in New York City. Administrative records for all three series generally include invoices and receipts for repairs and renovations to the residences, correspondence and memoranda relating to routine matters of the residences including expenses, inventories of furniture, fixtures, and other household items, and appraisals of the residences and their household effects. A majority of the architectural records in this collection are related to the design and construction of J.B. Duke's mansion at 1 E. 78th Street. The materials in this collection are arranged loosely in chronological order.

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Contents of the Collection

Completed in 1912, the 32-room house at the northeast corner of 78th Street and Fifth Avenue was designed by architect Horace Trumbauer. The 40,000 square foot, five story granite and limestone house was said to have been originally modeled after the Hotel Labottiere, a Bordeaux townhouse constructed in the 18th century. In a December, 1957 appraisal of the house (appraised at $1.85 million) it was described as "probably the finest of the old elegant mansion type houses built in New York City." In January, 1958 Doris Duke and her mother Nanaline donated the house to New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, where it was to be named the James B. Duke House. At the time, the house was worth an estimated $1.6 million.

Material in this sub series consists of invoices and purchases for the mansion on 1 E. 78th Street including furniture, fixtures, groceries and other household items, and several appraisals of "household effects" and the house itself, completed during different years. Also included in this series are agreements and correspondence between New York University (NYU) and The Doris Duke Foundation for the donation of the house and other monetary gifts to NYU and the overall closing of the house.

Stationary for the New York Mansion, 1 E. 78th St. n.d.
Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence, notes, and related materials concerning Doris Duke’s donations to N.Y.U.’s Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) including furniture and items on loan, and the donation of tapestries to Duke University and the N.C. State Art Society. Includes inventories of silver, china, etc. sent to Somerville from 1 E. 78th St. and a partial list of furnishings (1914). 1914, 1956-1957, 1959–1977
Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence relating to a variety of topics affecting the 1 E. 78th St. house including tapestries, donations, and the overall closing of the house by May 31, 1956. 1956–1963
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence relating to the Doris Duke Foundation’s annual gift of $12,000 to N.Y.U.’s Institute of Fine Arts. Gifts were in addition to the $100,000 gift to the Institute for renovations in 1958. 1958–1975
Box 1 Folder 4
Receipts and related materials concerning J.B. Duke’s rug purchases 1908, 1913
Box 1 Folder 5
Receipts, silver, for 1 E. 78th St. purchased by J.B. Duke. 1913
Box 1 Folder 6
Statement of groceries purchased for 1 E. 78th St. 1914
Box 1 Folder 7
Statements and invoices for purchases made by Mrs. James B. Duke. 1916, 1927
Box 1 Folder 8
Invoices for furniture and fixtures purchased for 1 E. 78th St. 1935–1939
Box 1 Folder 9
Invoices for musical instruments purchased by Doris Duke. 1935–1942, 1954
Box 1 Folder 10
Invoices for candle holders purchased for 1 E. 78th St. 1936, 1942
Box 1 Folder 11
Invoices for lighting including chandeliers, lamps, and shades purchased for 1 E. 78th St. and lighting work completed in the Ball Room and Main Hall. 1936–1944
Box 1 Folder 12
Invoice and voucher for antique textiles from Alice Baldwin Beer, antique textiles, and Lanishi Lall and Son, Agra, India. January 1939, March 1939
Box 1 Folder 13
Estimates of proposed work at 1 E. 78th St. by McMillen, Inc. 1940–1943
Box 1 Folder 14
Invoice for 7 cut stem glasses from Alice Syndam antique silver and porcelain dealer. September 1, 1942
Box 1 Folder 15
Invoices for dinnerware and glassware at 1 E. 78th St. 1942–1943
Box 1 Folder 16
Invoice and related correspondence concerning roofing work at 1 E. 78th St. for Nanaline Duke. 1957
Box 1 Folder 17
Invoices and vouchers for reupholstery work performed on chairs at the New York Mansion. Includes invoices for reupholstery work done for the New York Apartment, Rough Point, and Duke Farms. 1959, 1964–1965, 1972
Box 1 Folder 18
Appraisal of house at 1 E. 78th St. and 5th Avenue. House appraised at $1,850,000.00. December 10, 1957
Box 1 Folder 19
Agreement between New York University and The Doris Duke Foundation for a gift of $100,000 to the University to help defray expenses during renovation of 1 E. 78th St. January 24, 1958
Box 1 Folder 20
Satisfaction of Mortgage Contract and related legal correspondence in connection with Doris Duke’s donation of 14 E. 78th St. to N.Y.U. 1964–1965
Box 1 Folder 21
Appraisal of Furnishings of the Residence of J.B. Duke at 1 E. 78th St. Executed by Continental Appraisal Co., N.Y. February 4, 1922
Box 1 Folder 22
Institute of Fine Arts News (school newspaper of New York University) highlighting James B. Duke House, 1958-1959
Box 1 Folder 23
Booklet, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, given to Doris Duke, 1963 Spring
Box 1 Folder 24
New York – Inventory of Furniture & Equipment. 1918–1925
Box 2
Appraisal, Household effects, 1 E. 78th St. 1926
Box 3 Folder 1
Inventory, 1 E. 78th St. (mostly), copies, compiled on May 28, 1988. Receipts. 1940s–1980s
Box 3 Folder 2
Appraisal of tapestries located at 1 E. 78th St. 1955
Box 3 Folder 3
List of Household Articles, Ornaments, Etc., Furniture in Sitting-Room and Bedroom (Doris Duke) and Linens, 1 E. 78th St. October 1956
Box 3 Folder 4
Street plan of E. 78th, E. 79th, Madison, and Fifth Avenue. March 2, 1942
Box 3 Folder 5

About 75 items

Includes blueprints, lithographs, pencil, ink, and crayon drawings, and Vandyke prints detailing the design and renovations to J.B. Duke's mansion located on 1 E. 78th Street in New York City. A majority of the drawings date from July 1909 and include drafts and revisions to floor plans, elevations, interior rooms and notes on materials (e.g., Indiana limestone, granite). Several of the blueprints are signed by J.B. Duke including the final plan, dated June 3, 1910, which was executed. The undated materials in folder C1D8F6 are of particular interest as these are the proposed plans of the house that differ quite significantly from what was built.

Sub-Basement
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F1
Ground Floor
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F1
First Floor
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F1
Second Floor
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F1
Third Floor
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F1
Sub-Basement Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F2
Basement Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F2
Basement Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F2
First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F2
Revised First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F2
First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F2
Second Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F3
Second Floor Plan, Revised
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F3
Second Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F3
Third Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F3
Third Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F3
Third Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F3
Roof Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F3
Fifth Ave. Elevation, 78th Street Elevation
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F4
Fifth Ave. Elevation, 78th Street Elevation
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F4
East Elevation, North Elevation
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F4
East Elevation, North Elevation
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F4
Cross Section, Longitudinal Section
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F4
Typical Exterior Details
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F4
Basement Floor Framing Plan Showing Sub-Basement Walls
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
First Floor Framing Plan Showing Basement Story Walls
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Second Floor Framing Plan Showing First Story Walls
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Third Floor Framing Plan Showing Second Floor Walls
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Third Story Ceiling Framing Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Roof Framing Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Sub-Basement Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Basement Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Second Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Third Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Loft Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Removable Bar for Ball Room at 1 E. 78 St. (H. Drewery Baker, designer)
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F5
Basement Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Second Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Third Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Basement Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Second Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Third Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Fourth Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
First Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Second Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Second Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Second Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Third Floor Plan
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F6
Residence for Mr. George J. Gould, 5th Avenue and 67th St, New York City, Sheet No. 1-Ground Floor Plan, First Floor Plan, Sub Basement Plan, Basement Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1907 Mar 19. Blueline on vellum.
Ovsz. Folder NYA1
Residence for Mr. George J. Gould, 5th Avenue and 67th St, New York City, Sheet No. 2-Fourth Floor Plan, Roof, Third Floor Plan, Second Floor Plan. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1907 Mar 19. Blueline on vellum.
Ovsz. Folder NYA1
Residence for Mr. George J. Gould, 5th Avenue and 67th St, New York City, Sheet No. 3-Elevation on Fifth Avenue, Elevation on 67th Street, Rear Elevation. 1907 Mar 19. Blueline on vellum.
Ovsz. Folder NYA1
Residence for Mr. George J. Gould, 5th Avenue and 67th St, New York City, Sheet No. 4-Longitudinal Section, Party Wall Elevation. Horace Trumbauer, architect. 1907 Mar 19. Blueline on vellum.
Ovsz. Folder NYA1
Wood cabinet for Capehart to be Lacquered. McMillen, Inc. 1944 May 22. Pencil on vellum.
Ovsz. Folder NYA2
[Tentative sketches for Capehart Cabinet] (4 drawings). McMillen, Inc. [1944 May 4]. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder NYA2
Full Size Detail of Foot. McMillen, Inc. 1944 Jun 6. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder NYA2
Laundry Room for the Residence of J.B. Duke. The American Laundry Machinery Co. 1922 Jan 22. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder NYA2
[Survey of E. 78th and Fifth Avenue]. Geo. C. Hollwirth. 1908 Dec 15. Blueprint.
Ovsz. Folder NYA2
[Design of Panels for New York Apartment]. Includes fabric samples. Eliseo J. Lisi, interior designer. 1980. Ink.
Ovsz. Folder NYA3

Purchased by Doris Duke in June 1952, this New York apartment boasted 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 master bedrooms and a terrace surrounding the apartment with private hedges. When the lease expired in September 1967, Doris Duke transferred the stock (as it was a co-operative apartment building) and proprietary lease to New York University in November of the same year.

Materials in the sub series include the original lease and later transfer of the apartment, invoices and receipts for repairs and renovations to the apartment, and correspondence and memoranda relating to routine matters of the apartment including expenses and inventory.

Correspondence and memoranda relating to routine matters including NY Apartment expenses and a few invoices from McMillen Inc. for work orders. 1952–1964
Box 3 Folder 1
Correspondence and memoranda relating to Doris Duke’s Penthouse Apartment at 3 E. 84th Street (1952–1967). Doris Duke donated this co-op to N.Y.U. on November 20, 1967. Closing statement included in file. 1964–1968
Box 3 Folder 2
Invoices and estimates for work on furnishings at 3 E. 84th Street. 1941–1953
Box 3 Folder 3
Invoices and statements for purchases made from McMillen Inc. for 3 E. 84th Street. 1952–1953
Box 3 Folder 4
Invoices for furniture and fixtures purchased for 3 E. 84th Street. 1952–1953
Box 3 Folder 5
Estimates for alterations to the New York Apartment, 3 E. 84th Street, from McMillen Inc. Includes tax Assessment for property. 1952–1954
Box 3 Folder 6
Estimate from McMillen, Inc. for two pairs of curtains for Doris Duke’s Dressing Room in her New York Apartment, 3 E. 84th Street. December 27, 1954
Box 3 Folder 7
Financial statements of 3 E. 84th Street Corporation. 1954–1957
Box 3 Folder 8
Invoices relating to the installation of audio equipment at 3 E. 84th Street. 1955
Box 3 Folder 9
Invoices from Ernest Treganowan, Inc. for needlepoint. 1957
Box 3 Folder 10
Invoice for repairs of silk, Shantung, Living Room curtains at 3 E. 84th Street Apartment by Burrows Interiors. 1959
Box 3 Folder 11
Proprietary Lease with 3 E. 84th Street as lessor. c. 1940s
Box 3 Folder 12
Agreement between Raymond P. Sloan (seller) and Doris Duke (purchaser) for 3 E. 84th Street Penthouse for $22,000. June 5, 1952
Box 3 Folder 13
Meeting notices to the stockholders a 3 E. 84th Street Corporation. 1953–1964
Box 3 Folder 14
Acceptance of Assignment and Assumption of Lease between Doris Duke and New York University (assignee) for 3 E. 84th Street, PH, on November 20, 1967. File also includes letter to Doris Duke from N.Y.U. confirming the transfer of the Proprietary Lease to N.Y.U. 1967
Box 3 Folder 15
Annual Reports, 3 E. 84th Street. 1951–1952
Box 3 Folder 16
Inventory of furnishings at 3 E. 84th Street. 1953
Box 3 Folder 17

The Penthouse B apartment at 475 Park Avenue was purchased by Doris Duke in July 1965. At the time it was described as a "dream" apartment with seven rooms, 4 bathrooms, 13 closets and a wood-burning fireplace. It was surrounded by a 1,000 square foot veranda facing E. 58th Street. The apartment was renovated several times including during the mid-1960s by architect Gerhard Karplus and designer Tony Duquette. After the death of Miss Duke, the apartment was sold by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 1997.

Topics in this sub series primarily center on renovations, repairs, general up-keep, and furniture and fixtures purchased for the 475 Park Avenue apartment. Materials include invoices, vouchers, bills and correspondence concerning work and daily operations of the NY apartment, and general meeting notices and financial statements for the shareholders of the 475 Park Avenue Corporation. Of particular interest are the correspondence and invoices related to the interior design work to the apartment by designer Tony Duquette.

Correspondence and memoranda relating to alterations performed at the NY Apartment. 1965–1967
Box 4 Folder 1
Correspondence and memoranda relating to daily operations at the NY Apartment including the installation of an alarm system. 1965–1969, 1978, 1982–1984
Box 4 Folder 2
Correspondence and memoranda relating to daily operations of DBO and Doris Duke in relation to activities at the NY Apartment. 1981–1984, 1989–1993
Box 4 Folder 3
Correspondence and memoranda relating to daily operations and routine matters concerning the NY Apartment. 1983–1987
Box 4 Folder 4
Correspondence and related materials concerning zoning and permits needed for alterations to the NY Apartment. 1984
Box 4 Folder 5
Memoranda relating to the cleaning and repair of a bronze statue located at the NY Apartment. 1992
Box 4 Folder 6
Correspondence and memoranda relating to maintenance at the NY Apartment. 1992–1994
Box 4 Folder 7
Memoranda relating to the repair of a tiger skin rug. 1993
Box 4 Folder 8
Correspondence and memoranda relating to daily operations of the DBO and Bernard Lafferty in relation to the NY Apartment. 1995
Box 4 Folder 9
Correspondence and memoranda relating to the transfer of furnishings from the NY Apartment to Somerville and work conducted at the NY Apartment. 1996
Box 4 Folder 10
Correspondence relating to maintenance of the NY Apartment. 1996–1997
Box 4 Folder 11
Copies of invoices of furniture and fixtures purchased for the 475 Park Ave., PH-B, and E. 84th St Apartments. File also includes invoices for purchases for the 1 E. 78th St. mansion and Duke Farms. 1939, 1942–1976
Box 4 Folder 12
Invoice for purchase of a barber bottle from the Parke-Bernet Galleries. Includes photographs of a candelabra. c. 1950s, 1955
Box 4 Folder 13
Invoices and related materials concerning construction and alterations to the NY Apartment. 1966–1967
Box 4 Folder 14
Invoices and vouchers for contractor’s work at the NY Apartment. 1966, 1980
Box 4 Folder 15
Invoices and vouchers relating to expenses and daily operations at the NY Apartment. 1967–1968, 1978–1979
Box 4 Folder 16
Invoices relating to plumbing needs at the NY Apartment. 1967, 1983
Box 4 Folder 17
Invoices, bills, and related correspondence concerning work and daily operations at the NY Apartment. 1967–1972, 1980–1985
Box 4 Folder 18
Invoices and vouchers relating to lighting repairs at the NY Apartment. 1968, 1980–1982
Box 4 Folder 19
Financial statements of the 475 Park Avenue Corporation. 1969, 1972, 1974 (copies), 1975–1982
Box 4 Folder 20
Requisition for repair of a tiger rug stored in the Duke Farms Fur Vault. Rug came from the NY Apartment (1981). File also includes invoice and notes relating to the restoration of 3 silk rugs from the NY Apartment and the cleaning of 2 silk rugs. 1969, 1971, 1981, 1988, 1990
Box 5 Folder 1
Compiled list of bills for the cleaning of window treatments and the purchase of fabrics and labor costs for the NY Apartment. Certain materials contain materials designated for other locations (Rough Point). 1971
Box 5 Folder 2
Invoices and related materials concerning purchases made for the NY Apartment. 1971–1977
Box 5 Folder 3
Invoices for furniture and fixtures purchased for the NY Apartment. 1971, 1977
Box 5 Folder 4
Invoices and vouchers for artwork purchased for the NY Apartment and conservation work on paintings. 1972, 1983
Box 5 Folder 5
Invoices and vouchers relating to electrical repairs performed at the NY Apartment. 1980–1983
Box 5 Folder 6
Estimate for repair and refinishing of hardwood floors in the Living Room of the NY Apartment. 1982
Box 5 Folder 7
Invoice relating to renovations made to Doris Duke’s dressing area fabric walls in the NY Apartment. 1984
Box 5 Folder 8
Invoices and related materials concerning the small refrigerator a the NY Apartment. 1989
Box 5 Folder 9
Financial statements of the 475 Park Avenue Corporation (1991–December 31, 1992). 1993
Box 5 Folder 10
Financial statements of the 475 Park Avenue Corporation (1993–December 31, 1994, 1995–1996). 1995, 1997
Box 5 Folder 11
Acceptance of Assignment and Assumption of Lease signed by Doris Duke. Lease of NY Apartment assigned to David Rimmer. 1965
Box 5 Folder 12
Real estate application, acceptance of Assignment and Assumption of Lease by Doris Duke, and related correspondence concerning Doris Duke’s purchase of the NY Apartment, through David Rimmer, from Julius Stulman. 1965
Box 5 Folder 13
Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, 475 Park Ave. Corporation. May 8, 1969
Box 5 Folder 14
Meeting notices, announcements, and related memoranda concerning the shareholders of the 475 Park Avenue Corporation. 1975–1983, 1989
Box 5 Folder 15
Contract for a burglar alarm service for the New York Apartment. 1981
Box 5 Folder 16
Checklist, handwritten, containing specific items in the collection of the NY Apartment. File also includes notes, and a list of items at Duke Farms. n.d.
Box 5 Folder 17
Inventory, maintenance report, NY Apartment. 1977–1983
Box 5 Folder 18
Inventory cards and photos (copies) of pieces at the NY Apartment. 1989
Box 5 Folder 19
Inventory, NY Apartment (475 Park Ave., PH-B), 1988–1989
Box 5 Folder 20
Copy of photos of 6 Haitian paintings moved from Beverly Hills to the NY Apartment. Original photos housed in Photo Collection, PH.NYA001. 1993
Box 5 Folder 21

Approximately 10 items

Includes the original floor plan for Penthouse B as a sales brochure from the realtors Douglas L. Elliman & Co. and two Diazo prints of proposed alterations to the Penthouse apartment.

Digital use copies exist for two of the architectural records and have been identified below. Digital use copies can only be accessed onsite in the Rubenstein Library Reading Room. To request access please contact a reference archivist prior to visiting the library.

Floor Plans, & Misc. Details, Drawing No. A-1. Gerhard E. Karplus, architect. 1965 Oct 4. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F11
Revised Floor Plan, Drawing No. A-1A. Gerhard E. Karplus, architect. 1966 Jan 28. Diazo.

Digital use copy is available in the Reading Room

Ovsz. Folder C1D8F11
[Mr. Tirella's Sketch, Bedroom/Bath]. 1966 Jan 18. Diazo.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F11
Part Floor Plan, 475 Park Avenue. W.F. Chun, architect. 1983 Jun 17. Photocopy.

Digital use copy is available in the Reading Room

Ovsz. Folder C1D8F11
Alternate Scheme, 475 Park Avenue. W.F. Chun, architect. 1983 Jul 8. Photocopy.
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F11
Penthouse B, Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates, 1965
Ovsz. Folder C1D8F11

Historical Note

Although James B. Duke preferred his countryside residence of Duke Farms (located in the township of Hillsborough, New Jersey) to that of a bustling metropolis, the newly married Mrs. J.B. (Nanaline) Duke enjoyed the many social aspects of living in New York City. As such, J.B. acquired a lot on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 78th Street and commissioned Horace Trumbauer to draw plans for the new residence in 1909. It was in this mansion that his daughter Doris was born and raised. After J.B.'s death in 1925, Nanaline continued to live in the mansion until January, 1958 when she and Doris donated the house to New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Throughout her adulthood Doris continued to live in New York City (oftentimes splitting her time between New York and her several other homes), residing in a penthouse located at 3 E. 84th Street and a penthouse at 475 Park Avenue, which was her last New York City residence when she died in 1993.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • James Buchanan Duke Papers, 1777-1990 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Duke Family Papers, 1885-1992 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Duke Family New York Apartments Collection, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Materials in the Duke Family New York Apartments Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a donation from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in June 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Samouelian, August 2010

Encoded by Mary Samouelian, August 2010

Accession UA2009-0030 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.