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When James Buchanan Duke bought Rough Point in 1922, the Great Hall looked considerably different. It was dark wood from floorboards to ceiling rafters, with openings to the second floor through arches and balconies that fit the English manor style of the house as originally designed around 1890 for Frederick W. Vanderbilt by Boston architects Peabody & Stearns.

Horace Trumbauer, the Philadelphia architect whom Mr. Duke hired to renovate and enlarge the house, “lightened” the space with marble floors, molded plaster ceilings, and space for hanging the Duke family’s large works of art, such as the three large Renaissance tapestries purchased for this space by James Duke in 1923.

Doris Duke used the Great Hall to combine her own art purchases in the 1960s and 1970s with those inherited from her parents.

Wingchairs in the William and Mary style

Covered Jar depicting a celebration of longevity by the Daoist Eight Immortals

Portrait of Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport and George, Lord Goring by Van Dyck

Portrait of Raphael Franco by Gainsborough

Sleeping Putto

Curiosity cabinet

Portrait of a Young Woman by Bol

Tapestry with scenes of amorous couples

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