2008 marked the centennial for the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood.
The Preservation Durham Home Tour of Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood was the kick-off event for the WHH Centennial Celebration, a milestone to mark the anniversary of the ground-breaking of Watts Hospital in May 1908. The 2008 Home Tour began the WHH Centennial Celebration, a 20-month series of festivities which ended in December 2009 to mark the dedication of Watts Hospital at 1219 Broad Street in December 1909.
Many other Centennial Celebration events through 2009 were planned and organized by neighbors.
This neighborhood is a treasure of early 20th-century American architecture. Just as the streetcar revolutionized transportation and made WHH possible, modern conveniences such as central heating, electric appliances and indoor plumbing had a dramatic effect on the design of many early WHH homes. The oldest section of WHH is a historic district which includes 150 homes which were built before 1925.
Please support our Centennial sponsors:
- Capital Broadcasting
- Duke University Community Relations
- Duke Energy
- Duke University
- Northgate Mall
- Preservation Durham
The Neighborhood Association raised money to buy banners to hang along Club Blvd for the Centennial Celebration. These beautiful banners were professionally designed and included the wonderful logo Joe Liles submitted at FestOval. Each banner is 30″ w x 48″ h with a Pacific Blue background, light blue sky, yellow sun and white lettering.