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🐂 The construction of Duke Chapel began in 1930 & ended in 1932. The building’s cornerstone reads on October 22, 1930.
At the time of completion, the costs of the build totaled $2.3 million, which would be upwards of $42.3 million in 2019.
It’s constructed with Hillsborough bluestone, the volcanic stone that makes up the majority of west campus. Duke University purchased a quarry in Hillsborough to build west campus & the 17 shades the stone give the college a very distinct look.
This stunning Collegiate Gothic building is 210 feet tall, which makes it one of the tallest buildings in Durham. It’s also one of the tallest college campus bell towers in the world. The bell tower can be seen peeking up over the tree line for miles around.


City Life is a monthly show/podcast where Beverly B. Thompson sits down with guests to talk about making Durham, North Carolina, a great place to live, work, and play.


Durham St Joseph

Durham St Joseph

In the 1970’s when the St. Joseph’s AME Church congregation moved to a new church home, the original structure became the catalyst for the formation of the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation (SJHF). The Foundation was incorporated in 1975 with the intention of preserving the embellished old sanctuary and adapting it for cultural and civic events. SJHF’s mission is preserving and advancing the heritage and culture of historic Hayti and the African American experience through programs that benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. The church complex, renamed the Hayti Heritage Center, is listed on the register of national historic landmarks. Descendants of the original residents of the district once known as “Black Wall Street” continue to visit the Center along with other residents and visitors from surrounding areas.



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Welcome to Durham Video:

Here it is: The official Welcome to Durham, NC video, which just premiered at Third Friday. Help us share it with the world and let everybody know why they need to experience Durham! Shout out to KidEthnic for a beautiful reflection of the Bull City.


Home Comfort Stays

Home Comfort Stays


Home Comfort Stays
Ruth Hoffner Owner

This is by far the most professional, clean, well maintained home stay I have stayed in throughout my travels.

What is a home stay?

A homestay is an affordable accommodation alternative. It is ideal for independent leisure travellers or tourists who want to experience the local community and culture of the place they’re visiting, people who are on a short city break and want affordable accommodation, and others who are travelling to an event (eg.

My recommendation is contact Ruth directly (number below) to inquire about room availability, prices and location.  Ruth is an excellent host who has always served my short term housing needs with luxury comforts and considerable warmth and kindness.

Included in your Stay

  • Home Comforts

  • Complimentary Self Parking (1 car only)

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Laundry facility (fee)

  • Secluded Deck Available

  • Private Bath Available

  • Family Suite Available

  • Roku HD TV’s

  • Smoke Free Property


We believe every space should feel like home. We manage a growing network of travelers who demand a better place to stay.

Find us on the path less traveled, forming a community with members that always return for another night.

I’m Ruth! I am the owner and founder of Home Comfort Stays in Durham, NC.  We are proud to be a woman owned and operated local business. I live in the home with my other half, Zack, along with our cats, Iris & Hera. We will be there to greet you and provide local recommendations.  I’ve been managing properties and consulting business & travelers from all over the world since August 2017.

I take pride in providing a homey, welcoming environment. Looking forward to meeting you!


Sarah Duke Gardens, 04-06-2019