|The "Fountain Terraces" at Duke's Park, circa 1915.|
The women in the image should give some perspective on the size.
Concurrently, Duke was working on another section of the estate which started to be laid out around 1912 and was finished by 1914. We might call this "The Fountain Terraces" as it was so described in a number of contemporary postcards.
|The Fountain Terraces on the 1932 Map of Duke's Park|
|October 1914 American Homes and Gardens|
|1931 aerial overlayed on Duke Farms visitor map|
Perhaps the best view of the Fountain Terraces comes from a 1931 aerial news photo in my personal collection. In this photo, Turtle Lake is at the bottom and we are facing east.
|1931 aerial with finding key|
Here are seven postcards from the 1915 to 1920 time period - A through G.
I hope the postcards give some idea of the beauty and especially the work that went into creating this special place. But don't take my word for it. Here's a video of a ten-year-old Doris Duke circa 1922 riding her cart through the Fountain Terraces (relevant video begins at 1:07):
So, what happened to the Fountain Terraces? This blurb printed in the August 20, 1938, edition of The Courier News gives us a clue...
|20 August 1938 Courier News|
|Doris Duke Photograph Collection, |
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
After her marriage to James Cromwell in 1935, priorities at the old Duke's Park began to change. These changes included the destruction of the Fountain Terraces, and also the destruction of the massive fountain complex across from the Great Falls. And culminated in the construction of a Robert Trent Jones designed golf course which lay waste to the estate in 1939.