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Crafting our Gothic wonderland

There’s something different about strolling through West Campus in the fall. With orange leaves spread out like fans on the dry campus grass and the chilly air ricocheting through the campus archways, Duke simply seems older. And it makes me think, what evokes this association with old New England-style Ivy League colleges on a campus built less than 100 years ago?

It all starts with stone—Duke stone to be exact, taken from a quarry in the Duke Forest in nearby Hillsborough, N.C. and assembled into the buildings that define Duke by the hands of Italian and Irish stonemasons.

Stone masons made sure that every stone's length was twice its height, so a wall looks cohesive even though the stones are different sizes.
Retracing history

Donald MaCadie came from Scotland in 1927 to work on the construction o the Duke Chapel as a stone mason.

The craftsmen


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