If you’re a Durham local, you’ve probably driven by the John Sprunt Hill House on Duke Street many times and admired its beauty. And, if you’re like me, maybe you wondered when they would open their doors to social events! Well, that day has finally arrived. This dreamy historic estate is officially a wedding venue! Its Spanish-Colonial Revival style with a stucco exterior and unique red tile roof make it a most unique venue. Plus, it has sprawling indoor and outdoor space – a rarity in downtown Durham!
This romantic venue is operated by the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. Therefore, you’re supporting charitable work in these communities when you get married at Hill House!
Host a memorable wedding ceremony on the Hill House lawn. Its distinct exterior makes it an incredible backdrop. Plus, its huge lawn and giant trees gives it ample distance from the main roads.
Next, consider cocktail hour on the wrap-around porches. You’ll feel like you’re hosting a soiree in a Spanish villa.
Don’t leave out the inside of the home! This is a perfect area for seated dinner among the first floor rooms, or a roaming cocktail event. Today, the interior of Hill House looks very much like it did in the early 1900s, when it was built as a private residence. Take note of the first floor rooms, which include original furniture pieces and rugs. This is a dream for those seeking a vintage vibe!
In 1912, The John Sprunt Hill House was built as a family home. A Boston firm called Kendall and Taylor, designed the home in a modified Spanish-Colonial Revival style with a stucco exterior and unique red tile roof. (They also built Watts Hospital in Durham). Another Boston firm, Irving Cassonll, designed and manufactured all of the first floor woodwork and most of the furniture. Does the vibe feel familiar? It should. This same firm created woodwork Duke University Chapel!
John Sprunt established a fund to honor of his wife. The Annie Watts Hill Fund ensures that Hill House continues to serve as a memorial to her. Additionally, this fund allows its use by women’s civic groups in Durham. Hill House has been home to the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties since 1963.