Historic Gates Restoration Update #3

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Hope Valley Fund

For the Dover and Windsor Gates

The HVNA is making a final push to complete fundraising for the restoration of the historic entry gates on Windsor and Dover Roads. Thanks to generous (and in some cases, multiple!) contributions from almost 250 families in the neighborhood, we are now more than 90% of the way there! However, we can't stop now. The budget includes funding for new landscaping design and ongoing maintenance so that, once restored, the gates remain beautiful and iconic entryways to our historic neighborhood.

Currently, work has begun to remove decades of paint and other coatings in order to determine the condition of the original carved and cast portions of the structures.  Once this multi-step process is complete a survey will be made of the historic elements and replacement pieces cast.  At the same time the majority of the stucco will be removed from the walls to allow for the structure to be strengthened and waterproofed.  Finally the restored structures will be sealed and coated with materials to protect them for another 90 years, and the areas surrounding re-landscaped.

Please consider a second contribution (perhaps along with an early 2018 dues payment), or encourage your neighbors to join in.

Thank you,

HVNA Board of Directors. 

Historic Gates Restoration Update #2

Hope Valley Fund

For the Dover and Windsor Gates

Fundraising continues for our HVNA gates update, with the great news that we are now over halfway toward our goal.

Plans call for a significant restoration of the entry gates at both Windsor and Dover Roads.  Our General Contractor, Gateway Construction, has donated their services allowing us to to pay for just labor and materials. The cost compares favorably with the new gates at Northampton, but includes work and safeguards required by the city Historic Preservation Commission.

The Historic Preservation Commission, whose signs were posted this week, oversees renovations to historic structures within the City and County. The gates were designed by prominent architect Aymar Embury II, and built about the same time as the Clubhouse in 1927.  They are included within the 2009 National Register boundary.

The goal of this project is to stabilize and restore these markers to protect them for the next 91 years.

Thank you to all Hope Valley residents, and institutions that have responded thus far, and we urge you to consider a gift if you have not yet given. Use your postage paid envelope! We hope to begin work by Fall.

We're over halfway there!

Thank you,

HVNA Board of Directors. 

Repost: HVNA Statement Regarding Deed Covenants

A Statement from
The Hope Valley Neighborhood Association Board of Directors
Regarding Hope Valley Deed Covenants

The Board acknowledges that all Hope Valley deeds contain covenants that govern property use.  The Board further acknowledges, based on research by local attorneys, that the covenants are valid, enforceable, and a matter of law.

The Board takes no opinion on the rules contained within the covenants, but does acknowledge that the covenants place restrictions on a number of property uses for Hope Valley Homeowners.  The Board further encourages homeowners, developers and real estate professionals, including sales agents and surveyors, as well as other interested parties, to research these covenants prior to making representations to buyers, sellers, clients, or the City of Durham.

While the covenants in the various sections of Hope Valley are similar, they do have differences and tend to reflect the norms of the times in which they were written.  All covenants not superseded by Federal or State law including the Fair Housing Act, or City Ordinance are valid and enforceable.

Below is a guide to assist you or your researcher in beginning to examine these documents that govern development in our neighborhood.  These may or may not be the exact covenants on your property. Those rules should appear, in full, in your deed, however they may be found here as well:

Hope Valley Country Club Section (1926 – late 1940’s)
Record of Deed Book 94, Page 257

Watts Norton Section (late 1940’s – 1960’s)
Record of Deed Book 151, Page 558 (Amended in 1950)

Claude Currie, et al Section (1950’s – 1980’s)
Record of Deed Book 186, Page 317

Van Trine Park (1960’s – 1990’s)
Record of Deed Book 269, Page 50

Hope Valley West (1968 – 1980’s)
Plat Book 60, page 24

New Hope Valley (1980’s – 2000’s)
Record of Deed Book 1692, page 109

The HVNA Board encourages you to know your rights and limitations, consult a legal professional, read your deed.

This document can also be downloaded as a PDF here.

Historic Gates Restoration Update #1

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Dover Gate Restoration



For the Dover and Windsor Gates

Hello fellow Hope Valley Neighbors:

After vetting multiple contractors for this project, the HVNA Board has identified a team of three with the requisite expertise to meet our high standards for quality and maintain the historic significance of these Hope Valley landmarks. We have also obtained quotes for refreshing the Windsor Gates, which we plan to do in parallel as a cost savings. This project has come in at $40,000+/-

To date, we have raised just over $6,000 from 49 families (out of 954) that live in Hope Valley, including each member of the HVNA board. This puts us at 15% of the total amount required for the project. We need another 300 families to contribute an average of $125 to reach our goal. Construction cannot begin until all money is raised.  

For those who have already donated - thank you for your early support. For those who haven’t made a contribution, any amount you can donate to this important project is appreciated. Remember, donations to HVNA are tax deductible in most instances. Our goal is to hit 50% ($20,000) by the end of this month, so please act promptly to support this important neighborhood initiative.  We will continue to update you on the funding progress for the project.  

To contribute online, click here and follow these instructions:

  • Select the Pay Dues Online button
  • On the next screen, enter the amount of your contribution in the Other field.
  • Enter your contact info
  • In the More field, specify that your contribution is for the Dover Gates.
  • Proceed with entering your credit card information.

You can also pay by check here:

Hope Valley Neighborhood Association
PO Box 51338
Durham, NC 27717
Please use #DoverGates in the memo line!

Contribute to the Historic Dover Gates

Our neighborhood entry gates at Chapel Hill Road and Dover Road, which likely were built in 1926, have deteriorated over the years. Despite regular painting and light maintenance, they now need a significant renovation.

Since the estimated repairs will exceed the HVNA maintenance budget we are calling on all HV residents to help fund the extensive repair that will be required to bring these gates back to life, while maintaining their historic integrity. This is a grassroots effort that needs the support of all HV residents. 

The overall cost for repairing the gates and improving the surrounding landscaping is being estimated now, but is likely to exceed $20,000. We would like to begin the renovations immediately, however, funding needs to be in place prior to beginning the work.  Each HVNA Board member has already made a meaningful donation to get this project started.

There are several opportunities to contribute:
Platinum: $1000.00
Gold: $750.00
Silver: $500.00
Bronze: $250.00
Other amounts are welcomed. All gifts, of any size, are important.

To contribute online, click here and follow these instructions:

  1.  Select the Pay Dues Online button
  2. On the next screen, enter the amount of your contribution in the Other field.
  3. Enter your contact info
  4. In the More field, specify that your contribution is for the Dover Gates.
  5. Proceed with entering your credit card information.

You can also pay by check here:

Hope Valley Neighborhood Association
PO Box 51338
Durham, NC 27717
Please use #DoverGates in the memo line!

The Hope Valley Gates are protected historic landmarks, and renovations will have to adhere to Historic Preservation Commission guidelines. Once we have selected a contractor, you will be informed of the start date and what the process might look like.

Thank you for your serious consideration of this important matter.


Your HVNA Board

The Hope Valley Neighborhood Association is a 501c3 Public Charity, your donations may be tax deductible, please consult your tax specialist.

If you have any questions feel free to contact either
Nancycarstens@hvna.orgtaddeberry@hvna.org, or chaseteerloew@hvna.org