The home at 618 Morgan Creek Road was built in 1952. It’s a unique Modernist design that was an artistic vision conceived by Trudy Taylor and informed by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The home was designed to be an elegant retreat of muted Oriental design. And it needed to be low-maintenance and efficient for raising five active children, while at the same time useful for frequently entertaining guests. By some estimates, the Taylors entertained 10,000 guests during the 20 years the family lived here.
The home is the work of three different architects. It was begun by award-winning architect George Matsumoto and completed by Durham architect John Latimer. The kitchen on the mezzanine level was renovated in the 1960s by another well-known Chapel Hill architect, Arthur Cogswell.